Best Hobbies To Pick Up In Your 20S
I spent a lot of time researching my personal life, and online for all the various hobbies you can pick up in your 20’s.
I know there are a lot of hobbies to pick up in your 20’s, but trust me not all are good for certain age groups, especially in your 20s.
Here is a list of 21 best hobbies you can choose from.
1. Learn a New Language
A new language? Sounds daunting, but a study has found that learning a new language improves your memory, makes you a better multitasker, and allows for creativity. It will likely increase your chances of landing your dream job. Why? because companies really love people who are bilingual. Start learning the basics with free apps like Duolingo and Memrise and you might be on your way to mastery.
It is one effective hobby to make your brain work faster and smarter.
2. Photography (Learn To Take Awesome Pictures And To Use Photo Editing Software)
Photography is about capturing events, people and artifacts. It comes in different forms such as Food Photography, Nature photography, Still Life Photography, Fashion Photography, and many others. Funny as it sounds, it won’t cost much to pick up. All it requires is a camera and the desire to experience the world around you.
Current technologies have made it possible to capture jaw-breaking pictures with your phone. It can also evolve into a very lucrative side business if done right. Consider taking online classes at udemy.com or skillshare.com and creativelive.com. They are great resources to help you on your journey.
Blogging is perfect for you if you intend to work from home and online. It can be very rewarding. It has been one of my favorite hobbies as it allows you to share what you know with others. The wealthiest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, started a website and grew it into a multibillion-dollar company. Imagine if in your 20s you start a website that can earn you a substantial income every month.
4. Web development
Do you like technology? If yes, then web development is also another hobby you can pick up and grow. As with everything, the more you learn, the more you grow. A tip, follow a step-by-step guide when learning web programming and learn continually.
Here is a list of free resources to help you on your way.
According to indeed.com, the average web developer in the United States of America earns up to $68,000 per year.
5. App development
App development is another angle to programming you might consider jumping into if you love the idea of developing for mobile. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon pay millions of dollars to app developers every year. You can program for Android or IOs apps using programs like Kotlin, Android Studio, and Swift.
Gaming as a hobby is very interactive and beneficial for boosting brainpower, but it can be addictive if not tackled in the right way. Be selective with your games.
There are a variety of games like board games, retro games, and first-person among others.
You can also choose to develop games rather playing them.
Feeling like putting your ideas on paper, then consider writing as a hobby. It’s beneficial to your mental health and your life in general because it helps you in many ways. This blog post best explains this process and why it’s important.
Word order, choice, and structure are some of the key elements of good writing. Check out these free resources to help you on your writing journey:
- University of Michigan YouTube Channel
Most people find reading to be boring. Studies done by researchers have shown that reading consistently can improve brain functioning and slow aging.
Why not start in your 20s and help yourself? It expands your knowledge. Books cover a wide range of genres, from fiction to thriller to fantasy. Reading books opens up a new world and it’s fun. Check Amazon.com for books on all genres.
This is an interesting one to take as a hobby, it helps with relaxation and calmness of mind. It is one of the most interesting activities backed by science that helps to improve your concentration.
Get yourself into this hobby to be your best self.
10. Becoming A Youtuber
Starting a YouTube Channel is one of the most interesting hobbies to do in your 20s. Great YouTubers like PewDePie and MrBeast started small and built their channels into a multimillion-dollar business.
It can be frustrating for newbies when starting, that’s why suggest this YouTube Course by Matt Par to help you. It will cost you money but worth it.
11. Weight Lifting (Get In Shape And Stay Fit)
Hitting the gym every day, and lifting weights can be fun. Turn it into a hobby and see your confidence shoot up to the roof. It is good for your health and the perfect way to look more attractive. Listen to music whilst doing it.
12. Walking and Running
Why not improve your shape and form with your hobby? Walking and running are some of the few hobbies that can help you strengthen your body. They are fun to do. They improve your confidence level as a person. One simple way to help you exercise more is to do it whilst listening to music.
Use Audible to listen to beautiful tracks as your put yourself into shape.
13. Graphic designing
Feeling creative? Jump into the world of graphics and explore your creative ideas.
Graphic designing is the organization and presentation of information in a visually appealing way. The graphic part of this craft means the use of visual elements such as line, shape, color, form, texture, and typography. The designing part is deciding on the look and function before actually making it.
Taking this craft as a hobby will help you grow your problem-solving skills and can be rewarding financially.
14. Drawing and Doodling
Do you have an eye for detail and creativity (Visual)? Draw and doodle your ideas as it is one of the many ways to keep your mind active.
You can make a good deal of money from it as you improve upon your skills with both free and paid resources online.
15. Learn A Musical Instrument
You don’t need to be a great musician like Elvis Presley. A 2012 study published by Northwestern University has shown that learning a musical instrument improves memory and focus. It also improves confidence. The importance of playing instruments is very vast.
There is a wide range of instruments you can learn to play. From Guitars to violins to pianos to flutes to harps and many others. Don’t stagnate yourself. Begin small and grow in your ability to play. As I have always said, it can be turned into a business.
16. Dog Walking
If you love dogs, why not make dog walking a hobby? It’s a great way to earn extra cash and exercise in the process. A Dog Walker earns up to $3,000 monthly according to indeed.com. Check out these dog training books:
The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz.
If you want to get out more, I would suggest looking at fishing as a hobby.
It will give you the chance to exercise more, build self-confidence and increase your concentration. It is not just catching a fish.
It’s about spending more time with family and friends. Anybody can learn how to fish. You just need the right fishing tutorials and tools.
To start fishing you would need some equipment.
- Fishing rod
- Hook Remover
I am sure you have your driver’s license in your 20s. Why drive your car when you can bike as a hobby, and get tremendous health benefits? Some of the benefits include better mental health, increased energy levels, muscular legs, and reduced anxiety and stress. A study found that people who cycled just 30 minutes a day lost over 75KG over the course of a year. This is one perfect hobby you need to pick up.
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Here is a list of some of the best bikes for cycling both indoors and outdoor.
- Bowfles C6 bike
- Wattbike Atom
- Wahoo Kikr Bike
- Concept 2 Bikeerg
- Huffy Hardtail Mountain Bike
- Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike
- Heybike Mars Electric Bike
19. Hand Lettering or Calligraphy
The Art of hand lettering dates back to the Middle Ages when everything was written by hand. Technology has reduced the use of hands for actual writing. It is very relaxing and even therapeutic, this hobby. Take it up, and grow it. It can be monetized by opening an online shop at etsy.com and selling your art. You can also make your services available to local businesses. The recommended and affordable beginner kits for hand lettering are brush pens and a practice book.
20. Metal Detecting
Do you want to be patient and mentally sharp? Become a metal detector. It is fun and challenging. It is the act of using detectors to hunt for valuable treasures like coins. The most expensive coin in the world, the 1794/5 Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar, cost $10,000,00.00. Start coin collecting and enjoy all the benefits it brings.
Metal detecting has been around for a long time and it needs specific kinds of tools and requirements to start. Here are some resources if you want to pursue them.
If you are serious about collecting, check our resource page on collecting hobbies.
- Metal Detector Headphones
- Metal Detecting Shovel
- Metal Detecting Pouch
- Metal Detector Bag
- A Digger
- Sand Scoop
- Rechargeable batteries
21. DIY Projects
Last but not the least, Do-It-Yourself Projects. This hobby covers a range of topics from car restoration to woodworking to painting to home décor and many others. It involves doing your stuff rather than giving it to someone else to do. It helps you to understand basic things you would otherwise not know about the equipment you use every day. So, challenge yourself and grow.
What to do next
Do pay attention to the list of hobbies outlined above. There are a lot of benefits to having one.
Any difficulties? Here is an article on how to find and choose a hobby.
Also, check out my massive list of hobbies here.