Why not make your hobbies a little more interesting this year

Everybody needs a hobby. Without one, you're almost certainly going to end up spending all of your time either working or lounging on the sofa feeling bored. Not that there's anything wrong with lounging on the sofa, of course, it's just that if you spend all of your time doing that, then it's going to lose it's charm pretty fast. But many people find themselves struggling to figure out what kind of hobby they actually want. After all, if you've tried a bunch of things and bounced off them all, that can be pretty discouraging. With that in mind, here are some slightly more interesting hobbies that you might not have tried but just might get something out of.

Treasure hunting

Close-up of Coins on Table

Ever since Alexander Graham Bell invented the metal detector to save the life of then-president James Garfield (no really, look it up!) People have been fascinated by the idea of combing beaches and countrysides searching for hidden treasure. One of the nice things about this as a hobby is that it can be as social or as solitary as you like. Not only that but you get to enjoy time outside in the fresh air, as well as exploring some wonderful places. The best thing is that the treasure that you find is most just a bonus. It's the act of actually searching for the treasure that ends up being the most fun.


Upcycling was a huge trend in the mid to late 2000s following the financial crisis as people realised that getting thrifty might be a pretty valuable skill. It's kind of died out in terms of broad popularity, but it's still a great and useful way to spend your time. The wonderful thing about upcycling is that it doesn't need to cost you a penny. There's a good chance that you have all of the tools and materials that you need just sitting around your house. All it takes is a little know-how and ingenuity to turn everyday objects into attractive, crafty, and useful items that you can keep or even sell.

Genealogy is another fascinating and unique hobby. It involves the study of family origins and history, allowing you to discover more about your ancestors, their lives, cultures, and traditions. Genealogists use resources such as newspapers, census records, DNA testing, and sites like Genealogy Bank to compile information and build up knowledge of their family tree. It can be a great hobby to get the whole family involved in together. 

A book club

antique, black-and-white, books

Reading is one of those things that just about everyone says that they want to do more often. It's an incredibly common resolution, and it's also one of the ones that is most commonly broken before the end of February. If you want to not only spend more time reading but also get more out of the books that you do read, why not join a book club? Or, failing that, why not start one of your own with your friends? That way you can all share your tastes and opinions which not only keeps you reading but gives you a better understanding of everything that you read as well. 

Of course, these are just a few examples, and you may find that not one of them interests you in the slightest. The important thing is that you can expand your ideas of what a hobby can be and start to look more broadly at the kinds of things that you can try. Just get out there and find something that excites you this year!

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