Hobbies. Even the single word can cause some people to switch off while imagining some light gardening, a book club or even knitting. But a hobby doesn’t have to be something dull. The whole point is that you are adding a bit of extra spice to your life by teaching yourself a new skill that you may even use for the rest of your life.
Struggling to know where to begin? Here are a few more extravagant hobby ideas that should have your heart racing just reading about them!
Learn to Fly
Okay, I thought I’d grab your attention quickly. How many of you have dreamed about soaring through the sky with the feeling of ultimate freedom coursing through your veins? Learning to fly a plane can make that feeling a reality (though probably not straight from lesson one where you’ll be very closely supervised!). Check out aviataircraft.com for some different options of planes you can fly. Even if you only go a couple of times, it’s an experience that you’re unlikely to forget anytime soon.
For something a little different, why not check out spitfires.com/. In addition to spitfire training where you learn to fly the plane yourself, they also offer experiences in flying! So, technically, you don’t have to learn to fly, but you can experience the thrill using a simulator or even take a passenger flight.
Hot Air Ballooning
If you prefer your flying experiences a little more civilized, preferably with a glass of champagne in hand, then hot air ballooning may well be for you. Though you may have done this before while supervised, it makes a nice change to learn how to do it yourself and get that feeling of control. If it’s good enough for Richard Branson…
There’s nothing like the feeling of flying down a mountain, safe in the knowledge that you are in total control of the situation. Okay, so this isn’t most people’s first winter sports experience, but it’s a satisfying feeling to gradually improve your abilities over time. Skiers and snowboarders will both argue over which is the best one to try, but ultimately you should pick one and stick to it. Even if you don’t live near the mountains, there are many indoor centres springing up all over the place so you can give this one a go.
White Water Rafting
As water pursuits go, this one is certainly one of the most exciting…and the most risky. But you will probably begin on gentle flowing streams before graduating to the death-defying dips and huge boulders that most people associate with this pastime. As well as this, you have a whole boatload of other people to blame if you do end up capsizing!
Master your skills on the indoor walls and gradually build up over time until you are ready to head outdoors. The beauty of rock climbing is that it takes you to so many different areas of the world. And the feeling of reaching the top using only your own arms and legs is something that you won’t forget in a hurry.
After reading this, hopefully hobbies don’t sound quite so dull and you may even be inspired to try something new and exciting. Or you could always give gardening a go…