10 affordable hobbies you can start right now

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

Many people enjoy having hobbies; they’re a fantastic source of fun, relaxation and comfort, especially for anyone who’s living alone or has recently retired. The only issue is, hobbies can cost a lot of money; you can’t start show-jumping or paragliding without investing a lot of cash!

Having said this, there are many inspiring and fulfilling hobbies that require little or no financial investment. We’ve listed our 10 favourites below.

Read new books.

To quote the author George R.R.Martin, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies (said Jojen). The man who never reads lives only one.” Whether you choose fact or fiction, literature or biographies, reading is a great way to broaden your horizons. Visit your local library or arrange a book swap with friends; two useful ways to stock-up on new material for your bookshelf.

Learn a language.

Whether for work or play (you can’t beat ordering a coffee and cake in the correct language when you’re on holiday) learning a new language is a fantastic use of your time. Visit the Duolingo website to learn anything from Italian to Dutch, completely free of charge.

Get active.

Running, swimming, biking and walking are all great ways to fill your time whilst improving your mental and physical health. The NHS recommends exercising for 30 minutes, five times a week; so if you have some spare time, this could be a beneficial activity.

Start a social club.

What are you most interested in? Art, chess, or football? Perhaps something totally different? Invite your friends and neighbours round to share your skills and you could find yourself making new friends in the process.

Start a blog.

Improving your online and social media skills is a great way to stay in touch with younger generations and distant family members. Learn about the basics of blogging first and then launch your own.

Chart your family’s history.

Mapping your family history or creating a family tree can take years of hard work; but if you’re fascinated by the past and the origins of your family, this could be a wonderful hobby. Visit the Find My Past website for more information.

Try gardening.

Whether you have your own garden or access to a community allotment, gardening is a great way to get outside and grow a huge range of fruit and veg for practically no cost at all. Alternatively, to get started, why not plant your own window box herb garden?

‘Come Dine with Me’.

Building on no.4, why not start a supper club with friends and neighbours? Everyone takes it in turns to cook, giving you the opportunity to try new cuisines and meet new people in your neighbourhood.

Visit museums and art galleries.

Explore the culture in your local area or take a bus or train and travel further afield. Many cultural attractions offer discounted tickets for certain age groups or visiting times; simple check their website for more details.

Go Geocaching.

Geocaching is a ‘real world, outdoor treasure-hunting game’. Using a GPS-enabled device, such as a smart phone, you navigate to a specific set of co-ordinates and then attempt to find the container that’s hidden at that location. There could be any kind of treasure in the container, and that’s all part of the fun and intrigue. Visit the official Geocaching website  for all the information and guidance you need.

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