Contributed by Marnely Rodriguez, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Retiring from your 9 to 5 job creates an entirely free world to discover.
You have no responsibilities to a job or a boss and as of now, you’re the one who’ll decide where to go!
For many retirees, this is a time to renew interest in a hobby or start a new one. Here is the list of top ten hobbies for retirees:
10. Stamp collecting
One of the world’s most popular hobbies, with more than 20 million collectors, Stamp Collecting is the collection made up of postage stamps. Depending on your interest, you can collect from only specific regions of the world or have a generalized collection, categorized by country. Often collected for historical value, as well as monetary value, stamps have a history behind them not seen directly on it. Stamps travel the world in order to communicate news, and now with the digital world, stamps might be less common, thus becoming more valuable.
9. Coin collecting
The collecting and trading of coins has a long history, and collectors value coins of specific times, periods or physical attributes such as errors and those in circulation for a short time. Commemorative coins are also of interest because these make reverence to a time period of such caliber to make a coin to celebrate the occasion.
8. Bird watching
A relaxing hobby for those coming from a highly stressful job, Bird Watching is a peaceful event that can be done alone or with a partner. Check out a book on birds in your area and buy a pair of binoculars or spotting scope, always remembering to not disturb any nests or environments.
7. Hiking or walking trails
A great hobby and a way to slowly introduce exercise into your routine! Look for beginner trails in your area and wear the correct gear. A good pair of walking or hiking shoes is a must have!
Maybe Retirees take up golfing because of the good competition engaged with friends; others prefer to golf with only a caddy, but golfing has become a new hobby rage for everyone coming out of a stressful job industry. To start you need a basic set of golf clubs, golf balls, shoes and a course-appropriate outfit.
A photography class is a good investment if you’d like to do some freelancing later on. Invest in both a point and shoot camera and later on upgrade depending on your needs. Your photography professors and many online sites will make this easier and you’ll find a new calling. Many retirees find the need to engage in a smaller part-time job to fulfill the urge to not just stay at home, so Freelance Photography is a great outlet.
Painting is one of the most relaxing and stress-less hobbies for retirees. If you love art and would love to make your own, sign up for a local art class in your city. Great classes are also taught at local art stores, libraries and colleges. There are many special techniques and supplies for painting – tole painting, faux finishing, watercolor, miniatures – and everyone can find something that suits their talent.
Scrapbooking has become the hobby of both young and old, teenagers and stay at home moms. Retirees will enjoy having creative projects that will definitely bring a smile to anyone’s face. Shopping for scrapbook supplies<: papers, special scissors, stickers, ribbon and decorative ornaments is part of the fun.
2. Cooking classes
Taking interesting Cooking classes will make your excitement about cooking grow and you’ll get to try out recipes later on with the family. It’s a great hobby to also include grandchildren, cousins and friends!
The best hobby after having worked 30 or more years in a job where vacation days were counted and never enough is Traveling. You know have all the time in the world to explore new countries, try exotic foods, travel the world or just sit on a deserted beach with your drink of choice.
Find hobbies that link and contribute to your current lifestyle, but at the same time add a new interest. Join clubs and associations to meet new friends and expand your network!