Hobbies are important, and they can make a big difference in your life. According to one survey, about 56% of people said they have multiple hobbies. One of the great things about having a hobby is that they give you something to look forward to whether you just need to pass the time or you genuinely enjoy the process.
But many people think of hobbies as something you do within your own home. That simply isn’t true. Hobbies can keep you relaxed, reduce stress, and keep you occupied and distracted almost anywhere, even when you’re on vacation.
Whether it’s merely to make time go faster during some unavoidable “lulls”, or you love your hobby so much you want to plan your trip around it, there is no reason to leave your interests at home when you’re traveling.
Let’s take a look at how you can take your hobbies with you, no matter where you jet-set around the globe.
Passing the Time and Staying Safe
After the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling has become very different. But there are still safe ways to travel and enjoy your hobbies at the same time. Now that some restrictions are being lifted, you might consider going somewhere like Costa Rica, especially if you enjoy things like snorkeling, beachcombing, or exploring new cultures.
Wherever you decide to go, it’s essential to stay safe in light of the recent pandemic. Some safety tips to keep in mind include:
- Choosing countries with strict health protocols
- Wearing a mask
- Using transportation methods with fewer people
- Practicing proper hygiene
- Protecting your personal space
It’s also a good idea to download a travel planning app that can help to ensure you’re bringing everything with you that you’ll need to stay safe and not leave any personal protective equipment behind.
No matter where you decide to travel or how you decide to get there, bringing a hobby along with you is a great way to pass the time, and it can help to reduce any stress or anxiety you might be feeling about the current travel situation. Even sitting in an airport doing a word puzzle, knitting, or drawing can have a positive impact on your mental health.
Plan a Trip Around Your Hobbies
If you want to build an unforgettable trip from start to finish, why not create a vacation that features your favorite hobbies? For example, you can plan a destination trip completely around metal detecting almost anywhere in the world. The only thing you’ll need to bring with you is your metal detector. It can be a lot of fun if you’re traveling to tropical locations or places with a lot of sand and water since everything from jewellery to money can get ‘washed up’ onto the shore. That creates an exciting treasure hunt for metal detecting enthusiasts. You can even go underwater metal detecting with the right equipment, and explore anything from old shipwrecks to lost belongings from divers.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a trip around the things you love. If you’re an art enthusiast, a cultural tour around Europe to some famous museums might feel like a dream come true. If you’re a music lover, check out some historic sites like the Motown Museum or the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Are you a sports fan? Visit baseball training camps in the Spring for some of your favorite teams. You’re more likely to get autographs and see the players up-close as they prepare for their season. Or, hit some of the world’s best golf courses for a round of 18 holes!
Bringing your hobbies to life during a trip will make for even more significant and more memorable experiences. So, think about the things you enjoy doing, and how a journey can reflect those things in the best way possible.
Outdoor Hobbies Can Be Done Anywhere
There are so many outdoor hobbies, and they don’t require you to bring anything with you on your vacation. For example, if you’re an avid cyclist, many places around the world will let you rent out a bicycle for the day, so you can go anywhere from rocky hills to lush forests without having to worry about lugging around a bike from home. You may even be able to rent other bicycle gadgets like a helmet or turn signal gloves.
Other outdoor hobbies can easily become a part of your vacation no matter where you go with minimal planning or preparation on your part, including:
As you can see, you don’t have to leave your hobbies behind just because you’re going on a vacation. In fact, including things you love to do within your trip can make it that much more enjoyable. Get creative and use some of the natural resources around you wherever you’re vacationing to bring your hobbies with you wherever you go.