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The Ultimate List Of Hobbies For Women In Their 20s

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Last Updated on April 1, 2024 by Alexandra Markin

Are you in your 20s and looking for some new hobby ideas? Look no further. With so many ways to spend your time, I’ve put together the ultimate list of hobbies for women in their 20s!

Even if you’re a full-time student and working a part-time job, you can’t study (or work) all day long. You need balance in your life to help prevent burnout.

This website encompasses all aspects of student life, which includes making time for activities that make you happy.

Click in the table of contents below to jump to any hobby that piques your interest.

Hobbies For Women In Their 20s

Your 20s are full of meeting new people, professional development and self-discovery.

Take it from me (a woman in her 30s) – these are hobbies every woman in her 20s should try at least once!

In your 30s and want even more hobby ideas? Read the post Fun (And Beneficial) Hobbies For Women In Their 30s.

You’ll find all types of hobbies in this post:

  • Relaxing
  • Active
  • Healthy
  • Social
  • Money-making
  • Educational
  • Creative

In no particular order, this is the ultimate list of hobbies for women in their 20s!

1. Reading

From papers to textbooks to online lecture notes, don’t let the reading you do for school dull the sparkle of reading for pleasure or self-improvement.

No university course will ever assign The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Atomic Habits. Reading is the one thing that can improve your life tremendously for little to no cost.

Finding a genre you love can turn into growing a book collection. In the past few years I’ve fallen in love with murder mysteries. The Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton both have 35+ books in their series to keep you busy for months, if not years!

If you’re into fiction and want to find out more about an author or series you like, check out the site Fantastic Fiction. It lists all the books in your favourite series so you can read them in order, or tell you what other books your favourite author has written.

You can also check books out of the library, buy your favourites on Amazon or get an Audible subscription to listen to books on the go.

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My budding collection of Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

2. Walking

With the rise of the ‘Hot Girl Walks’ trend on TikTok in 2022, walking is becoming more popular than ever, and for good reason. Put in your ear buds, cue up your current book on Audible and get some fresh air while exploring your city.

3. Burlesque Dancing

The prefect time to try exotic dance classes are in your 20s! Not to be confused with stripping, Burlesque dancing is a combination of dance routines that employ both comedy and provocativeness. This form of dance has been made increasing popular following the 2010 movie Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera and Cher.

Try burlesque to get in touch with your creative side and feel sexier in your own skin!

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Trying an exotic dance class such as Burlesque is a great hobby for women in their 20s.

4. Pole Dance

Also called Pole Fitness, pole dance combines dance and acrobatic-like moves centred around a vertical pole. It’s a great for building strength, burning fat and boosting self-confidence!

‘Try Pole Dance’ was on my bucket list, so I bought myself a 10-class pass on Groupon. I was not prepared for how much of a workout it is. I left each class sweating and with bruises in weird places! It wasn’t my thing after all, but I got to check it off my list.

Many of my friends and acquaintances love pole dance however, so if you’re going to buy a pole to practice at home, don’t buy a cheap one!

Trying new hobbies is an excellent way to learn about yourself.

5. Belly Dancing

Belly dancing is a type of dance originating from the Middle East, featuring the movement of the hips and torso.

What could be more fun than keeping in shape while wearing a beautiful skirt than jingles?

6. Aerial Fitness

If you like the idea of defying gravity, aerial fitness is for you! It’s is a type of airborne fitness that is practiced in a soft silk hammock or hoop suspended from the ceiling to support your body weight.

Different aerial types include yoga, pilates and dance. Try it next time in place of your regular yoga class!

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If you like to defy gravity, aerial fitness is a great hobby for women in their 20s.

7. Volunteering

Although you aren’t getting paid, volunteering has substantial benefits for both parties involved. You’ll discover new interests and network with like-minded individuals who could help you advance in your career.

Wether you like working with children, animals, societies or the arts, there are volunteering opportunities to suit everyone.

You never know who you’ll meet. Make connections early in life!

8. Astrology

I got into in astrology in high school, but it’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past two decades. It’s a great way to embrace your spirituality, and you won’t get very far on social media without hearing about Mercury retrograde or sun and moon rising.

As well as keeping you informed among your peer group, astrology is a great way to learn about yourself.

9. Tarot Card Reading

Tarot card reading sharpens your intuition while giving you insight about the past, present or future by asking a question and formulating an answer by drawing cards. Maybe you’ll get some insight into that upcoming exam!

Related content: Best Inspirational Exam Quotes For Student Success

There’s more to learn than you may think, so grab a deck of tarot cards and put your newfound skill to work.

10. Blogging

This hobby has the potential to make you some serious money. So serious, in fact, that blogging is now my full-time job.

If you enjoy expressing yourself through words and content creation, blogging might be the perfect hobby to try in your 20s.

Although I started blogging as a hobby, I wish I had invested in blogging courses much earlier which would have sped up my progress tremendously. If you’re serious about blogging as a hobby, I recommend taking Stupid Simple SEO and Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and affiliate marketing are the keys to making passive income in blogging.

These two courses are worth every penny.

If you’re not ready to invest in a course, grab a domain name and web hosting and teach yourself by doing, which is what I did in the beginning. I recommend using WordPress.org as your blog platform and WPBeginner for really in-depth, 100% free tutorials.

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Blogging can be a great money-making hobby for women in their 20s.

11. Learn To Code

Technology is life these days, and having coding in your toolbox could be a huge advantage even if you just learn it as a hobby.

You may want to design your own website to showcase your fashion or art portfolio, sell your homemade goods or just mess around with the fun of Python, C++ or HTML.

I took a beginner Java Programming course as an elective for my Bachelor of Commerce and loved it so much that I changed my degree to Computing Science.

If you’re interested, you can read my full story about how I decided on a Computing Science degree.

12. Learn To Apply Makeup

This is something I regret not doing in my 20s. I’ve always been kind of a minimalist when it comes to makeup, but I have yet to accomplish the perfect cat eye or winged eyeliner for a night out (or a dress-up night in!)

You don’t need to go overboard and wear a full-face of makeup everyday, but getting the basics down now will save you headache later (just saying!) Find a YouTuber with similar facial features to yours and have fun practicing with colours and bold lines!

13. Fashion

Experimenting with your personal style in your 20s is a fun and practical hobby. Building your wardrobe can be done at your own pace while you learn about the different textures, fabrics and types of garments.

Knowing the difference between an a-line skirt and a pencil skirt really helps when shopping or reselling online!

14. Reselling Second-Hand Items

Speaking of finding a new home for your unwanted garments, reselling second-hand items is a great way to declutter your house and put some extra tax-free cash in your pocket!

Reselling has been one of my favourite hobbies for well over a decade. I used to sell on Craigslist, but now sell exclusively on Facebook Marketplace.

I only sell items I want to declutter or no longer spark joy (thanks Marie Kondo!) I started selling on Facebook Marketplace during the pandemic and have consistently made over $100 per month. Since November 2020, I have made just over $3,700!

15. Sewing

Sewing is not just a hobby – it’s a beneficial skill for any woman to have. You can make your own custom garments or mend items that become damaged.

You’ll also be able to alter your garments for no charge. I recently paid $73 to shorten the straps on two dresses and hem one pair of pants!

16. Cosplay

Cosplay has been around for decades, but you may have only heard of it recently through its popularity on TikTok.

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game.

If you love theme parties and dressing up, Cosplay is for you! Pair this with hobby #15 on this list (sewing) and get ready to be the best dressed!

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Love dressing up? Cosplay can be a fun hobby for women in their 20s!

17. Meditation

Meditation is one of the best mindful hobbies for women in their 20s. Research has shown it can have beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance.

There’s a lot more to practicing meditation than just sitting on the floor with your legs crossed and eyes closed, so take the time to learn the proper skills to reap the maximum benefit.

Interested in learning how meditation can benefit your studies? Read the post Benefits of Meditation For Students.

18. Listing to Podcasts

The value of finding podcasts you love is so huge, I had to include it as a hobby. You can listen to podcasts anywhere – on your commute, cleaning the house, making dinner or paired with hobby #1 on this list (walking).

My top recommendation for women in their 20s who want to live a beautiful, luxurious and success life is The ALUX.COM Podcast. I wish this was around when I was in my 20s!

19. Hosting Theme Nights

Not only is hosting a theme night cheaper than going out, it can be outrageously fun and doesn’t have a closing time (unless you want to enforce one, of course.)

One of my favourite theme nights I went to in my 20s was ‘Cheap Wine Night’. We all got to dress up and see who could bring the “best” bottle of cheap wine (nothing over $10 allowed!) It was a blast but the hangover the next day was awful. However, this is the kind of party to have while you’re younger – hangovers get way worse in your 30s!

20. Mixology

Mixology – the art of mixing ingredients to create cocktails – pairs perfectly with hosting theme nights.

Hop onto YouTube to learn some new recipes, or get officially certified and take an online bartending course.

I got my bartending certificate when I was in my 20s just for fun. As I found out, mixing cocktails is both a hobby and lifelong skill.

The Importance of Hobbies For Women In Their 20s

In the publication Hobbies: Not a Waste, But An Investment, hobbies are shown to increase the quality and happiness of one’s life. It gives us a sense of purpose other than work, family and friends, and may also help you preform better in your personal, academic and professional life.

I hope this post helped you find a hobby you really enjoy.

Have you tried any of these hobbies? Share with us in the comments!

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