How to continue your hobbies whilst you’re travelling

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Travelling opens a world of new experiences, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up the hobbies you love. In fact, continuing your hobbies whilst you’re travelling can enhance your journey, making it more fulfilling and enjoyable. If you’re staying at Budds in Surfers Hostel on the Gold Coast, you’re in a prime location to keep up with your interests.

Here’s a guide to help you maintain your hobbies while holidaying and exploring the vibrant Queenland Gold Coast.


1. Arts and Crafts

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Second-Hand Shops and Art Supply Stores

Gold Coast is home to various second-hand shops and art supply stores where you can find affordable materials for your creative pursuits. Look for stores like Lifeline and Salvos for second-hand art supplies, or visit Riot Art & Craft for a wider selection of new materials.

Painting and Pottery Classes

Fired Ceramic Studio, located in Burleigh Heads, offers pottery classes for all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned potter or a complete beginner, you can join a class and create your own ceramic pieces. The studio provides all the necessary materials, so you don’t have to worry about carrying your own supplies

Brush & Barrel is a popular art studio in Surfers Paradise that offers painting classes where you can unleash your creativity. They provide everything you need, from canvases to paints and brushes. It’s a fantastic way to spend an evening, meet new people, and take home a unique souvenir of your trip.


2. Stay Fit and Active

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Keeping any fitness hobbies alive while travelling might just be easier than you think! Gold Coast has numerous fitness studios that offer drop-in classes, as well as a wide range of running groups spread throughout the week that are, of course, free of charge and the perfect way to meet like-minded people.

Fitness & Pilates Classes:

Located in Bundall, Studio Pilates offers high-intensity, low-impact workouts designed to strengthen and tone your body. The studio’s welcoming atmosphere and experienced instructors ensure you get a great workout, even if you’re just dropping in for a single class.

With multiple locations across the Gold Coast, F45 Training offers functional high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that is fun and effective. Its flexible class schedules make it easy to fit a workout into your travel itinerary.

Running Groups

The Gold Coast Runners Club welcomes runners of all levels. They organise regular group runs along some of the area’s most scenic routes. It’s a wonderful way to stay fit, meet like-minded people, and see the city from a different perspective.

Hedges Run Club is a running group located in Mermaid Beach that gets together for an early start at 5 am every Wednesday. This group is perfect for your mid-week feel-good community, where like-minded people gather in support of all things physical and mental health and often host various other events in collaboration with other Gold Coast communities.


3. Take Cooking Classes

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If one of your favourite pastime activities was getting messy in the kitchen, whipping up some delicious and creative meals, then you’re in luck! Explore some fun and creative cooking classes right here on the Gold Coast:

Salt Meats Cheese

Located in Surfers Paradise, Salt Meats Cheese offers fun and interactive cooking classes that focus on Italian cuisine. From making fresh pasta to perfecting pizza, these classes are a fantastic way to learn new skills and enjoy delicious food. The friendly instructors and hands-on approach make it a memorable experience.

Icon Cookery School

Situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Icon Cookery School offers a range of classes, from sushi-making to mastering the art of French pastries. The school provides a fun and engaging environment, with professional chefs guiding you through each step. It’s an excellent way to enhance your culinary skills and meet fellow food enthusiasts.


4. Music and Performing Arts

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Second-Hand Music Shops

Visit local second-hand music shops like Musician’s Pro Shop and AJ’s Music to find affordable instruments. These stores often have a range of second-hand guitars, keyboards, and other instruments that you can use during your stay.

Open Mic Nights

Gold Coast has a vibrant music scene, with numerous venues hosting open mic nights. Check out places like Miami Marketta for regular open mic events, it’s a great way to perform, meet other musicians, and enjoy the local music culture.


5. Outdoor Adventures

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Outdoor Equipment Rentals

Exploring the great outdoors is a must when visiting the Gold Coast. You don’t need to bring your own gear; the hostel is stocked with bikes and surfboards for our guests to enjoy as their own!

Take the bikes and cycle down the coastline as you hop from café to café, stop for a bite, or have a swim; it’s the perfect way to explore the city and discover new hidden gems!

Whether you’re an experienced surfer or want to give it a red-hot go, our surfboards are ready to take you gliding on the rolling waves of Surfers Paradise Beach. If you need a little assistance, join our weekly free surf lessons held every Wednesday by the Get Wet Surf Crew.


Maintaining your hobbies while travelling is not only possible but can also enrich your travel experience. Whether you’re into arts and crafts, fitness, cooking, music, or outdoor adventures, the Gold Coast offers plenty of opportunities to continue doing what you love. Staying at Budds in Surfers Hostel puts you in an excellent position to access these activities, ensuring you don’t have to sacrifice your passions while exploring new destinations. So, pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the best of both worlds—travelling and keeping up with your hobbies!

If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast, book your accommodation with the Best Hostel in Australia 2024, Budds in Surfers hostel – your adventure starts here!