Picking up a Hobby in Retirementby Emily on April 6th, 2017
Let’s face it: we all need alone time. Picking up a retirement hobby is a perfect solution.
Sometimes the concept of going to this game night on Tuesdays or that swim on Thursdays can be overwhelming. Luckily, finding a new hobby in retirement doesn’t mean you have to be out and about, meeting new people, and filling your calendar all the time. There’s lots you can do to have an enriching retirement with just yourself. Consider these four hobbies you can do on your own time, from the comfort of your own home.
1. Learn a Language via Podcast
Rosetta Stone pioneered online language-learning and is still an incredibly popular teaching tool, but did you know you can learn a new language through podcasts too? Try the following:
- Deutsche Welle for learning German
- Melnyks Chinese for Chinese
- Talk in French Podcast with Frédéric Bibard
- 30 Minute Italian Podcast with Cher Hale
- Yes Japan to learn Japanese
- Spanish Obsessed with Rob and Liz for Spanish lessons at all levels
- Looking for a one-stop shop? Innovative Language 101 allows you to learn 34 languages for free
2. Go to College Online!
Sure, many state universities may offer free or discounted classes to those who are 60+, but what if you’re looking to learn from home? Online learning portals like Coursera, Udacity, and edX offer free and paid courses on a variety of topics such as The Science of Happiness, Introduction to Classical Music, and Artificial Intelligence.
3. Read Harder
Do you fancy yourself a bookworm but often find yourself at a loss for what to read next? Try the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. This yearly challenge gives readers 24 tasks to complete over 12 months (averaging two per month). This year’s reading challenges include: Read a collection of stories by a woman and read a nonfiction book about technology.
4. Be a Movie Buff
Connect and Share
Love these ideas but would you rather do it with a buddy? Use the tag #nextadventurehome on Twitter to find others who’re interested in the hobbies mentioned above. You can also continue the conversation here by sharing your favorite retirement hobby in the comments section below.