• A sufficiently creative individual could make rock collecting, golf or doing jigsaw puzzles a multi-billion dollar hobby. (My next 5000 piece puzzle will be assembled in space! Oh, yeah? well I am going to have a new golf course built on an artificial island in the tropics!) I think the typically most expensive leisure activity is yachting. Obsessive types could make any hobby from memorizing transit schedules to answering questions on AnswerBag into a 20-hour-a-day hobby. Feel free to post your own opinion - I don't think this question has a single right answer.
  • I think an expensive ad time consuming hobby would be collecting invaluable pieces of art like statues, pottery , paintings and historic memorablia.
  • Sitting on this dammed computer, day after day, doing things that I could probably do on paper in a fraction of the time!!!
  • Going on Safari's or Expeditions. The Nile anyone?
  • Photography can in theory be extremley expensive, although it does not have to be. There are 000's of cameras and lenses available, one lens happens to be worth about £64,000! And of course you musty; buy film, print pictures, and travelling is always nice. Anyone can make any hobby the most expensive, if they put there mind to it.
  • Hmmm, collecting rare exotic sports cars comes to mind (Lambourghinis, Ferraris, etc.). Model rocketry, which was a relatively cheap hobby when I was younger, has grown up and become very expensive--some of the larger model rocket engines made these days can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. And there's model railroading. Very expensive indeed, especially since it, too, has grown up. Constant power is fed to the track, and the locomotives are controled by computers and sophisticated electronics built into the loco that can drive each loco independently, sort of like the Docklands. Again, when I was younger, I dreamed of a HO model empire. Alas, I own a rather tiny rowhouse, which lacks a basement or a garage, so no model railroad empire for me :-(
  • While it's not the most expensive hobby one could take up, this is definitely one I've seen take a chunk out of people’s wallets and souls. Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 (or Wallethammer as it's affectionately called by some). They're tabletop war games (one is fantasy based, the other science fiction based). First you pay $50 for the rulebook, $20 for the codex on the army you want to play, and maybe another $20 for the collector's guide. Next, you have to have interesting terrain for the army to fight on. You can buy a book on how to make terrain for $25. If you don't want to make it yourself, you can pay for a $90 boxed set. More than one boxed set may be necessary. Then you pay upwards of $114 for one pewter model or $150 for one regiment (they aren't all that expensive, though). But wait! Remember that this is a war game and you have to field an entire army of little pewter models! While games can take from several hours up to an entire day or more to complete, painting the models is actually the most time consuming activity. I'm not sure if it is an official rule or just a house rule but the people I know won't allow a model to be fielded unless it has at least a basecoat of paint. Good looking models are a point of pride for most players so they won't just slap on some paint to meet the minimum standard. You can buy the biggest, baddest paint set they offer for $250 and go to town or, if you have no artistic talent, you can pay people to professionally paint your models. I found prices that ranged anywhere from fairly reasonable (one to ten dollars per figure) to stratospheric. There was one complete professionally painted army available for $2500. The most expensive painter I found was asking up to $1500 for the highest level of detail on one model. After spending all that time and money on those figurines, it would be ridiculous to just toss them in a sack after the game and pull them out all chipped and bent next time. Fortunately, you can buy a case for $90 and foam padding for $20. I think the bitterest irony of this game (at least in regards to the group of people I know) is that it caused so many squabbles over cheating, rules, and fairness that individuals were likely to quit playing because it wasn't worth the hassle. This game brought the use of the insult “Rules Lawyer” into fashion in that group and some relationships were permanently damaged because of the fighting.
  • My first thought would be making your own jewelry from precious gems. Think of all the waste while you were perfecting your craft?
  • I would say Polo - or car racing
  • horse back riding! my horse cost $113,000 my boarding fee every month is $700 my show coat alone cost my 800 bucks my saddle cost $2,500. at major shows me and my parents shell out $1k! our shipping fee for international competitions is $910. this is a small part of the fees we pay daily, monthly or yearly. but it is the most rewarding hobby (obsession) any one could ever hope for P.S my horse is a Dutch Warmblood
  • I know that buying and restoring classic cars gets very expensive and very time consuming.
  • Video gaming. Upgrades, new games, new consoles, new controllers, paying to play online, it all adds up.
  • chasing women
  • Riding segways... but it's completely worth it.
  • building a life size paper mache replica of the Washington Monument with $1000 bills
  • Reading Christian books. Generally books are not cheap.

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