8 Hobbies To Bring With You On Your Next Boat Trip

Boating is an excellent hobby on it’s own, but it’s also a great complement for other interests! Read on below for ideas on how you can bring your hobbies with you next time you head out on the water.

1. Running

We’re not recommending you run laps on the vessel, but we are suggesting you get off the beaten path and check out some new running areas that are accessible by boat. Whether that means pulling up to an island for a leisurely jog along the shore, or just venturing to a park with a dock, toss your running shoes in your boat bag and put in a few miles in a new area.

2. Painting / Drawing

“En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” and is used by artists to describe the art of outdoor painting and capturing landscapes and views in natural light.  Leave your studio behind and experience your art in a totally new environment by doing some quick sketches in a notebook while on the water, or even bringing an easel with you to set up on land.

3. Writing

Changes in scenery are excellent for creativity, and what better way to gather inspiration than by taking a trip out on the open water? Many famous writers have ventured outside of their standard writing spaces to gather new ideas. Even if you’re not working on a novel, taking time to journal can be very therapeutic.

4. Knitting/Crochet/Embroidery

Yarn crafts and needlework are notorious for being hobbies that you can easily pack up and bring with you wherever you go, so grab your latest project and bring it on the boat for some seaside stitching. (Bonus: if you’re boating in cooler temps, an afghan is the perfect thing to have with you).

5. Yoga

The combination of calming yoga and the peace of the open water is a great way to relieve stress. Although some poses might be a little too tricky for a boat, going through a simple flow that includes postures like Seated Twist, Warrior 2, Downward Dog and Corpse Pose could be just the thing your need to relax and recharge.

6. Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a great complement to boating, simply because of the ability to see birds you otherwise might not get to see from land. Even if you’re just a novice, try packing some binoculars and a local bird guidebook to see what you can discover.

7. Hiking

Plan an adventure for your next boat trip by picking a destination with trails or other sites to explore on the shore. AllTrails.com is a great website for finding local trails in your area and for reading reviews and tips from previous visitors. 

8. Photography

If you’ve been photographing subjects on land, it’s time to switch things up and bring your camera with you on the high seas! Whether you’re taking photos of friends and family, nature, scenery or architecture, learning how to use your camera in a new environment can add an entirely new feel to your photography repertoire. 

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