Do you want to search for hidden treasure? Of course you do. No one has ever said "I've done enough treasure hunting in my life."
To start geocaching, all you have to do is download a free geocaching app, and set out for a cache near you (there are over 6 million hidden around the world, so there's probably one closer than you think!)
As long as your apartment gets a little bit of sunlight, you can grow herbs or other small plants in the comfort of your own home. It'll take up less time, space and money than a full garden, but still be a great way to develop your green thumb. For those of you who lack gardening abilities, you can also just put fake plants in your window and pretend you're gardening. That's totally a hobby, too.
To start crocheting, all you need is some yarn, a crochet hook, and the Internet. With some practice, you'll soon be ready to move from scarves to amirigumi, which is basically the cutest thing ever. And once you've conquered that, there's always knitting!
This is definitely the easiest one from our list to get into. All you have to do is watch birds! You've probably done it already! Now, just get a pair of binoculars and do it with other people, and you can call it a hobby.
Hiking is another hobby that's easy to take up. You can either look online, in books or just ask around for good trails near you! All you need is a good pair of boots and a bottle of water. Or, you can do what I do and refer to every trip to the kitchen as a "hike."
Instead of checking your various social media sites every time you have a free minute, why not use that time to learn a new language? With the Duolingo app, you can learn a number of different languages including Spanish, French, German and even Esperanto, all for free.
FYI- This hobby starts to get expensive once you begin traveling all over the world to test out your new language skills.
And you don't have to stick to spoken languages! Start with the American Sign Language alphabet and go from there ”” you can find plenty of videos online of people signing words and songs, which are always interesting to watch. Plus, if you're very longwinded, you also get a great workout.
Learning to code might be the most valuable hobby you ever pick up, and it's a lot easier to do than you might think. There are multiple websites where you can learn to code for free, including Codecademy, Khan Academy and Code.org. Before you know it, you'll be writing complex algorithms on every window you see.
All you need to start disc golfing is a couple discs (we recommend at least one driver and one putter), and a place to play ”” find a local course, or just aim for trees in a local park for practice. More often than not, you'll come home with more discs than you left with, so this hobby could actually cost negative money.
Get ready to impress everyone you know! There are multiple online tutorials that can teach you how to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube. And once you've mastered that, you can move on to a 4x4x4...and eventually, a 17x17x17.
Known to enthusiasts as Locksport, lock picking is actually becoming a pretty popular hobby. All you need to start is a set of picks, a lock, and (again) some free time to spend on the Internet. Before getting too invested in this hobby, make sure to check its legality in your state. Also, only use your new powers for good.
As far as cheap and easy hobbies go, reading provides a lot of bang for your buck. For the price of literally zero dollars, you can go to your local library and pick up something that might just change your life. Or, if you're feeling particularly fancy, you could download an ebook!
The best hobbies are ones you can use to amaze your friends! Get a deck of cards and spend a few hours learning some cool tricks, making sure to focus on card handling as well as your patter. This simple and fun hobby could lead to a lifetime of enchantment!
Origami is one of the most relaxing hobbies around, and as long as you're not using money as your folding paper, it's pretty cheap, too. You can create an entire zoo of paper animals or impressive geometric shapes by following tutorials, or invent your own designs with a little trial and error.
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind of intrusive thoughts, but it definitely takes practice. Also, contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be sitting on a beach at sunset in order to meditate ”” you can do it anywhere and at any time! Try to sit quietly for 10 minutes every day, just focusing on your breathing.
Some people prefer to a more active form of meditation, such as meditational drawing. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper, and some time to dedicate to your meditation. Begin filling the page with patterns, and soon you'll feel all your stress melt away. For simple pattern ideas, try searching for "zentangles" online.
Although buying a fancy new camera and editing software is one way to get into photography, all you really need is a simple point-and-shoot camera (or your phone!) and an eye for interesting details (besides your food). If you want to edit your photos, you can use GIMP, which is an open-source and free image editing software. For $10, you can even take an online Phoneography 101 class to teach you the basics of taking great pictures with your phone's camera.
Okay, we get it, this may seem like kind of a silly hobby. But there are hundreds of different knots that have many different uses, and chances are you know maybe three of them. What if you're out fishing with your friends and they desperately need a Palomar knot? Learn how to tie knots, and you can be a hero.
With a little bit of practice, you'll never have to be bored in a class or meeting again! All you need to get started is a pen and a hand! As always, the Internet is a great source for tutorials on sweet tricks.
Take your everyday handwriting to the next level by learning some calligraphy. Between your pen, nib, ink and paper, it'll cost around $25 to get started, but that's a small price to pay for the ability to create the fanciest grocery lists in the world!