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Retirement: You are recently retired. Now What? Take Up a Hobby!

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Retirement: You are recently retired. Now What? Take Up a Hobby!

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Written by  Laurinda Seabra
Monday, 24 July 2017 08:41

You worked your whole life, retired to the Algarve and you now find yourself with lots of free time on your hands. So, why not change that?   Life after retirement is also the best time to indulge in all those hobbies that had been kept on hold for years on end. Take a look at some of the best retirement hobbies that can be indulged

During your life, I am sure that you have developed many interests, and that you had to place them on hold for a variety of reasons, am I right?  

Well, I can just see you nodding your head in agreement. If that is the case, then this is the best time for you to follow up on all that you've ever wanted to do and experience, but lack of time has prevented you from doing it ... so enjoy the time on your hands now, and get cracking.  

There are so many fabulous hobbies for the more mature individual, and this means that anyone can in fact keep himself or herself quite busy if they want to. Let's take a look at some easy activities that anyone can get involved in.  

Traveling

There are a multitude of options available to you, but we are of the opinion that there is nothing better than spending your retired life, traveling. If you've always been one who loved the idea of seeing the world, but had time and other restraints, this is the time to fulfill those dreams of all that extensive travel. In fact, this is one of the best retirement hobbies, especially if you've worked really hard all your life, and if you saved up for some luxury when you got old. This is the time for some self-indulgence, because all those years of hard work should pay off at some point, so why not let this be it. Lovely cruises, visiting resorts, beaches, the works! If you can afford it, don't miss out on this one.

Photography

Next in line, is yet another slightly unconventional pick for a retirement hobby. Most people would identify this as one of those hobbies that is better suited for the younger generation, but if you've always enjoyed spending some quality time with nature and your camera, all at the same time, there's nothing in the world that should keep you from doing just that! If you really think about it, you would also notice that this isn't even an expensive hobby to maintain, unless you enjoy owning, and spending on some of the latest equipment available. Apart from that, you could also try your hand at learning how to use new software that could help you enhance your photographic endeavors.  

Learn a New Language

So, you're done with working, but that doesn't have to mean that you're done with learning. Age is never an issue if you are looking to learn something new, so how about learning a new language? If you have a natural flair for languages, this is one of the nicer ways to spend time after retirement. It doesn't matter what language you're keen on, you have the freedom to do, and choose as you please. In fact, given that retirement allows you plenty of free time, you could consider learning languages like Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, or Italian.  

Gardening

Nothing novel about this one, but it's a fine hobby for all those retired folks out there. A great way to spend time with nature, this one is a really healthy hobby too. Not only will it keep you happy, help you maintain a healthy body and it's a great way to contribute to the upkeep of the environment too. Having your own little vegetable patch is a fun thing to do. Imagine eating a salad made of veggies from your own little garden. Sounds good, doesn't it? So yes, this is a fun hobby to take up.  

Cooking

One of the most fun ways to spend those endlessly long hours could be by honing your cooking skills. This is one of those hobbies that are wonderful for both, men and women; there is nothing more enjoyable. The variety that you have to experiment with is simply endless, and you would never have a dull moment, when you are trying your luck with a new dish. The love for cooking does include baking. After all, who doesn't love a few baked goodies every now and again?  

Above are just some ideas for retirement hobbies that you can get involved with. They are not exclusive. Other ideas that you could also consider are things like knitting, social service, handiwork, fishing, or even some physical activities like yoga, tennis, etc.   Take your pick from any of these, or find something that you feel is better suited for your personality and life-style. Either way, just enjoy your retired life, no matter what!

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