Do you often find you’re daydreaming or feel bored at the moment sometimes regardless of where you are?
If so, you could benefit from taking up a hobby that you can do anywhere whether for fun or function.
Most of these hobbies will require something portable or to be applicable regardless of what you have around you.
These types of hobbies can be beneficial for pretty much anyone but especially for people who have fleeting attention spans or for those who want to be productive and fill all of their time in the day.
After all, we all get the same twenty-four hours each day to make the most of so why not have fun while you’re out and about or have a bit of downtime.
Be Proactive: 10 Hobbies That You Can Do Anywhere
Whether you read through your phone on the Kindle app, or perhaps, prefer to carry your favorite book around with you, reading is one of the most portable hobbies you can do and is one of the most beneficial.
Reading helps to expand your views of the world as it introduces new concepts and thoughts that you may not have had otherwise.
There are so many options too in terms of genre; you have the main overarching categories which are fiction or non-fiction and all of the sub-genres that fall under either of those categories such as dark fantasy, political thrillers, ancient greek history, cookery, and much much more.
In essence, you should be able to find a book for pretty much anything you can imagine which also makes it so exciting.
Calisthenics is an area of fitness that focuses on bodyweight training which is especially handy in a moment where you have nothing to do.
You can easily drop to the floor and knock out a few press-ups, pike pushes, and situps that can set you up to hit your daily goals.
You can also incorporate your calisthenics routine on all manners of objects such as lamp posts, scaffolding, and some items that can be found at your local public park.
Once you get over the fear of what other people might think it becomes an easy way to lose some weight and gain some solid muscle wherever you are.
If you’re wanting to take your calisthenics seriously then we recommend grabbing a fitness tracker to help you measure your calories burned throughout the day especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
3. Amateur Photography
Most cameras are extremely portable these days and have handy accessories like camera bags to take them around with you safely.
You’re also likely to have a camera on your phone if you own one (and depending on the model) that is usually capable of taking okay pictures.
Taking a photograph that looks good is mostly in the eye of the beholder but if you want to enhance your images then we recommend grabbing a proper DSLR camera as it comes with many useful shooting functions.
There are many niche areas of photography you can focus on such as macro photography (closeup), landscape, wildlife, and urban photography. This means you’ll have plenty to do regardless of where you are.
4. Jump Rope
We’ve previously talked about the topic of jump rope as a hobby especially as it becomes increasingly popular as a serious way to stay fit and for relatively little cost.
CrossRope is the leading brand and offers a seriously good pair of weighted ropes that are great for beginners to learn with.
They’re also extremely portable and you can pack them away in a backpack or handbag to use pretty much anywhere with a couple of metres of space around you.
Jump rope is also one of the most effective types of cardio workouts meaning you’ll be able to hit your daily goals with ease regardless of location or attire.
It’s far more practical than other art formats such as painting as you don’t need to carry around lots of materials or brushes to get going.
Sketching can be done in an abstract fashion or in a literal fashion where you can sketch the landscape or a person in front of you.
Some people make awesome flipbook sketches like the one below:
Sketching is quite a basic hobby in terms of requirements but allows you to be as inventive as you want to be with what you create or sketch out.
6. Card Games
Card games or trading card games are something that you can easily carry around with you to pass the time.
Proper card games are usually more versatile as there are many different styles of games you can play but trading card games offer some decent variety too.
Trading card games usually offer more fantasy to go along with them as they are usually based on a certain fictional universe such as Magic: The Gathering or Pokémon.
Gaming doesn’t have to stop when you leave the house anymore as there’s a whole host of games you can play whilst you’re out and about.
Although you can game on your phone, we still think a dedicated console like the Nintendo Switch Lite could be a better solution as the games are often more fleshed out compared to mobile games and you don’t need to put up with annoying adverts.
Most chargeable batteries for mobile and gaming consoles should last several hours on a full charge when they’re unplugged from a power socket giving you plenty of time to rack up some achievements.
Also, never game and drive!
Yo-yos went through a major resurgence during the nineties and early noughties but have dropped off in favor of video games or other internet-connected media formats.
With that said, you can still grab a decent yo-yo to pull out when you’re bored or want something to do.
It’s better to get a professional yo-yo as they will feature a special clutch that allows the yo-yo to spin while it’s down so you can do tricks with it.
This hobby is relatively inexpensive and extremely portable making it ideal to do anywhere.
Mindfulness is good for the soul especially when you’re making an effort to specifically notice the detail of the surrounding environment such as the trees swaying or the birds singing.
Mindfulness in essence is a form of meditation that can improve your mood and reduce the stress of the day.
Although not essential, we recommend practicing mindfulness in a quiet space without distraction or through a calm location such as a forest or park so you can hear the sounds of the trees or nature taking place.
If you’re not sure how to practice mindfulness you can watch a free video here that will guide you through the process:
This process can be hard at first if you’re not used to switching off but we recommend trying it for a few minutes then gradually getting longer as you get used to it.
Alternatively, you can download a mindfulness meditation app such as Headspace or Calm for iOS or Android.
It seems very simple but walking is a great way to burn some calories, reduce your stress and to kill some boredom if you have nothing to do.
Better yet, you can pretty much walk anywhere you want within reason meaning you can change it up almost every time.
We recommend going for a walk down the beach if you’re lucky enough to have a coastline nearby or to a nature reserve to experience the connection to the life around you.
You can also get other people involved which means the process of walking becomes an event for all of you which is a lot more fun.
Hobbies are fun but are even better if you can take them with you.
Hopefully, you found a portable solution within our list or at least something to give you some inspiration to keep active regardless of your whereabouts.
Some hobbies are more productive than others which might help give you an idea of what you’re wanting to take up depending on your style.
As always, if you enjoyed the article, please share it on social media and bookmark our homepage for regular hobby updates.
You can also browse our ultimate list of hobbies for hobbies similar to the ones mentioned and more.