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5 Great Summer Hobbies to Try

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As the evenings gets a little lighter and the temperature rises, summer is the perfect time to try new things. When you can enjoy the warmer months with a new pastime, you can expand your social circle, get back to nature, boost your fitness or even learn new skills. For inspiration, take a look at these five great summer hobbies and choose which one you’re going to try first!

Hikers in Forest
Hikers in Forest

1. Walking and Hiking

If you’re looking for an outdoor hobby that requires minimal experience or equipment, then walking is the perfect choice. You can begin by walking around your local area and, as your endurance levels increase, you can take on longer routes and challenges.

Similarly, hiking gives you a great reason to go off-road and explore new areas. While you’ll need to invest in the right gear before you start scaling mountains or going on multiple day treks, you’ll enhance your fitness and get the opportunity to explore some of the area’s best natural sights.

Smiling african american man in cap and sunglasses holding club and playing golf
Smiling african american man in cap and sunglasses holding club and playing golf

2. Golf

Golf is a great pastime at any time of year, but there’s no doubt that making your way around a golf course with your golf valuables is more fun in the summer weather! With balmy temperatures to enjoy and no gusts of wind to blow your golf ball into a bunker, you can make the most of the season when you join a local club or team up with friends for tournaments.

While you can hire the equipment you need when you’re starting out, buying your own golf equipment allows you to choose the clubs and cart that are best for you. You can’t go wrong with an EZ-GO cart, for example, and custom golf clubs can enhance your performance and comfort.

Detail of table with DIY tools
Detail of table with DIY tools

3. DIY

If you want to learn some new skills and enhance your property in the process, taking up DIY is a great way to spend your time. By spending the summer months redecorating or renovating, you’ll have an added advantage too. Instead of rain wrecking your outdoor work or waiting days for paint to dry, you can rely on the warmth of the sun to accelerate your projects and help deliver great results. From sprucing up fences and gates to adding an entire outdoor office to your garden, you can be as adventurous as you like when you make DIY your new summer hobby.

Woman cycling on road, Fondo, Trentino, Italy
Woman cycling on road, Fondo, Trentino, Italy

4. Cycling

When you want to explore new areas, enjoy the sunshine and improve your fitness, cycling is the obvious choice. Get online and you’ll find plenty of cycling routes to try or simply head off into the unknown and plot your own route as you go. Although you’ll need a bike and safety equipment to get started, you don’t have to blow your budget to embrace cycling as a hobby. With plenty of pre-owned bikes for sale and maintenance lessons available, cycling can be a budget-friendly and super-fun hobby for everyone.

Teacher and schoolboy painting with brushes on canvas
Teacher and schoolboy painting with brushes on canvas

5. Painting and Drawing

For the creatively minded, painting and drawing is a superb pastime and one that can keep you busy all year round. In the summer months, however, you can take your easel and paints outdoors and capture some of the finest natural landscapes in your area. What’s more – if you’re planning a summer vacation, you can take your kit with you and use your skills to depict your destination.

Finding a New Hobby

A hobby gives you an additional interest, an opportunity to share your passions and a chance to expand your talents. If you haven’t found a pastime that grabs your interest yet – don’t panic! Keep trying new things and you’ll be sure

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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