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Old 04-16-2014, 09:18 AM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Retirement is still a couple of years off, but I am worried about filling my days once it happens. I will be moving to a warm weather area. I want to take up golf again (haven't played in years) but I am a little concerned about the cost.
I know I will volunteer at least one day a week (I currently volunteer with special needs kids). What hobbies do you suggest for a fairly active person that are low cost, but intellectually challenging?
Ideally it would be something I could start now and continue into my retirement years. I have mild arthritis in my left hand, so I don't think knitting or a similar activity will work well for me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:45 AM
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I cannot help directly. This is an issue which is all but unbelievable to me. I have always had way more interests than time.

Even retired, I do not have time for all my hobbies, activities, and goals. RV travel is towards the top of my list. I spend very little on this hobby and have averaged about $7/night for camping sites. Photography is also towards the top of my activities. I have also taken adult ed classes through the local OLLI program. If I had time I would like to do some fishing and woodworking. For a while I did competitive archery but ran out of time. I am interested in history, science and technology but rarely have time for reading and study. I never had time for the arts. So for the past year I have been studying painting and other fine arts. I visit the NYC museums but you could become a member of the SF MOMA for very little money.

So far I have just mentioned interests and casual hobbies. What do you want to accomplish with the rest of your life???? Certainly there has to be more than knitting and playing golf once in a while? Have your written a book? Become an expert at something? Have you taught others? Made any special contribution to the world? We can't do it all but we can at least try.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:49 AM
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My husband works with our local Habitat for Humanity. Our group is big with 50 semi permanent retirees who do all kinds of things year round. He also works with a local group that builds ramps for those who need them and cannot afford them.

It is really hard to recommend a hobby/interest since it is very personal. I make quilts for charities and gifts for a hobby.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:12 AM
Location: North Idaho
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I'm like others in that I already have a list of hobbies and activities that I don't have time to pursue as much as I'd like. We're looking forward to having more time for these things when we retire in a few years:

Bike riding
Amateur radio
Raising chickens

Most of these are things we do already, just not as often as we like. Some are mentally stimulating, some are physically stimulating.

I like the suggestion of getting involved with a local Habitat for Humanity group - it's a worthwhile endeavor, and to me the rewards of building things are both immediate and significant.

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Old 04-16-2014, 10:30 AM
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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There are bicycle riding groups. That would be pretty cheap. $400 or so bike and you'rr in business. Golf on the other hand, can get expensive. Clubs, green fees and all the lost balls. Plus most people ride a cart anymore, so there are the cart rental fees also. I gave it up several years ago. However, all hobbies cost money. I would recommend you find one. Me, I ride motorcycles.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:15 AM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Thanks for you suggestions - I guess I should have been a little more specific, I am looking for hobbies that are social in nature. I do have family where I will be living, but will need a wider social circle.
Photography sounds interesting since in this age of digital you no longer need to deal with the processing costs. Maybe I could find a photography club. I doubt that I have the talent for painting, but could always give it a try (fyi I'm more of a de Young fan than SF MOMA)
I like the idea of cycling, here in the city it's almost a death wish to cycle.
Habitat sounds like fun too, I do know how to do basic wiring and plumping.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:38 AM
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I volunteer with nature centers....social network. Hobby is bird watching. You can do that alone or with one or more people. Birdwatchers travel locally and around the world....instant planned trips and travel companions. I do not have the funds to travel but I invested in several binoculars and will never have to replace them. I have attended lectures and have led groups for walks, have taught children, or you can be a resource for fellow trail hikers. There are birding festivals held all over the country during the spring and fall. You can help count migrating hawks along the coasts. Much variety to the activities. Very little expense, outdoors, and you definitely meet people and YOU LEARN more each day.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:43 AM
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Hiking clubs for over 50s (so you're not in with gung-ho 20-somethings). Look for meet up groups,especially any specifically for older people (again, usually considered to be over 50 or so). I also like the OLLI courses that I've seen listed, and they often have a one-day workshop or day-long travel trip somewhere interesting.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:41 PM
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Volunteer at an animal shelter.

Volunteer at a not for profit thrift store.

Play cards with your buddies.

Fly fishing. Cost you maybe $1,000 for everything.....not even....and you can spend hours with friends, or alone, chasing fish.

Gardening. Roses to simple veggies.


Join the local historical society.

Hang out on City Data...
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:19 PM
Location: The Carolinas
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See if your Department of Natural Resources (or whatever your state/province calls it) has something called a "Master Naturalist" or "Master Gardener" program. I'm a certified Master Naturalist and in my state, I've volunteered at events such as Eagle Days manning spotting scopes for the public to view eagle nests, etc. It was a huge opportunity to meet like-minded people and work with the public on various nature-related projects. Big fun!
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