It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of life – wake up, go to work, get home, eat, maybe watch an episode or two of your favourite series, then it’s bedtime – only to have it all start again the following day. Feels a bit like a rut, doesn’t it? Incorporating a fun and interesting hobby into your life can easily mix things up a bit. If you don’t know where to start choosing a hobby that suits you, why not give a few a try and see what sticks? Below are some Airbnb Experiences that could kick start an interesting hobby for you.
A Keep Fit Hobby
In Cape Town: Those wanting a hobby that offers the benefits of a break in routine as well as working up a sweat could choose to take up hiking. In Cape Town there are a number of stunning options to choose from including a fun fynbos hike at Silvermine, the central range within the Table Mountain National Park. Guests who choose this Airbnb Experience will spend the morning hiking a circular trail with a local.
In Joburg: If you’ve ever wanted to take up boxing as a sport but you weren’t sure how or where, how about trying out a class with some boxing grannies? Yes, you read that correctly – a boxing class in which you spar with grannies is available to book on Airbnb. Guests of this experience will do a class where the grannies, who have been training for years, will show you the way.
In Durban: Hobby in and around the ocean is a must. Surfing is massive out in this region and a perfect activity for those with a love for the ocean. Learn to surf at Addington Beach is the perfect activity for those who have little to no knowledge of the sport. Here you will learn the basics with your host, Brandon. Who knows, you could be the next surf champion if you stick to it.
A Food Hobby
In Cape Town: Cooking or baking is a popular hobby and one that almost anyone can pick up really easily. In Cape Town there’s a plethora of cooking Airbnb Experiences available to book including this South African food cooking course with Cape Town local, Marelize. Guests on this Airbnb Experience will learn how to make mouth-watering South African favourites such as cheese-stuffed mieliepap, bobotie, oxtail stew, and more.
In Durban: Interestingly, those in Durban can participate in a Turkish cooking experience. During this activity, guests will learn how to cook five different dishes, including soup, several mezzes, a main meal and a dessert. Classes are kept small and intimate which allow participants to get a more personal cooking experience.
In Joburg: You can also cook with a local TV presenter. Thabisile, the host of this Airbnb Experience thoroughly enjoys showing guests how to cook local favourites such as vetkoek, maize meal and more with her cooking activity that she hosts through an NGO called StayQueens. Stayqueens was established to empower and inspire women to take the lead, and to help create an avenue for networking, workshops and empowerment programmes. This is a Social Impact Experience and, therefore, 100% of what guests pay goes to the host.
An Art Hobby
In Cape Town: There’s an artist of sorts in all of us. Perhaps you’re not into painting or drawing. Maybe you want to experience something more unique. Well, how about trying your hand at beading with a workshop in Cape Town? Your host, Yolanda, will provide a few stunning designs that guests can choose from and she will help you on your way to creating a masterpiece.
In Durban: There is also an amazing beading Airbnb Experience in Durban. Hosted by About Africa Ignite TA WOWZULU, this experience is more than just a beading class. Guests will venture into rural Mzinyathi, and along with the hosts, end up at a homestead where you will learn how to make traditional Zulu beadwork. Africa!Ignite is a rural development agency that works across KwaZulu-Natal. Its focus is on women, youth, and enterprise development.
In Joburg: It might be fun to try a fabric jewellery workshop. During this workshop, guests will learn about shweshwe – a South African fabric – and you will use these to make either a necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet.
There are many hidden talents in all of us just waiting to be discovered and turned into a hobby. It just takes stepping out of our comfort zones and trying something new. Hopefully this is a good starting point in helping you pick up a new interest!
By Features Writer Savanna Douglas