There’s nothing quite like the frustration of being stuck indoors when you’d rather be outside enjoying the world. The problem is that finding the motivation to head out the front door can be very challenging, especially if you don’t have any particular reason to do so. That’s just one of the reasons why more people than ever are taking up a hobby that gets them into the great outdoors on a more regular basis. If you’re looking for a new hobby or simply hoping to find an excuse to get closer to nature, here are some of the most popular hobbies in America that will get you there.
Easy to learn, forever to get perfect, gardening has always been popular. It’s only growing in popularity as well, primarily because it can be a very cheap hobby to start. More than that, it can also be a useful way to add a little more dollar value to your home, or even get your grocery costs down by growing your own fruit and veg. Get some season guides and start planting!
There’s nothing quite like a night under the stars with a fire you built yourself and nothing but the walls of your tent between you and the night. This can be a cheap hobby if you’re feeling frugal, although you could also spend a fortune on the best high-tech camping gear. Consider camping like a mini-vacation to start with, and make sure that you research your camping spots for the best locations. Waking up with a view of the wild world around us is about as satisfying as an outdoor adventure can get.
The thrill of the hunt is one of the best hobbies to take up if you’re looking for some adrenaline with your outdoor excursions. Hunting is one of those hobbies that can be a challenge to get good at, but local societies can be a good way in. Make sure that you invest in the right equipment. You don’t want to go hunting in January without the best cold weather hunting clothes; otherwise you’ll spend more time shivering than you will peering down your rifle sight. Search your local area for groups and get involved.
If the idea of a high-tech treasure hunt sounds appealing, then geocaching might be for you. You can start this hobby off with nothing more than your smartphone, but there are plenty of ways to spend when it comes to upgrading your geocaching gear. The best thing about geocaching is that it suits all skill levels. That means a stroll around the park will be good enough for some people, while others will prefer to rappel down mountains to find their next target.
While some people are happy with stamp-collecting or shoving ships into bottles, there’s always that appeal of the great outdoors to really get the adrenaline going. If you’re bored of staring at the walls and you can’t even remember the last time you saw the sky, it might be time to strap on some decent footwear and head outside for a brand new adventure.