You may have forgotten over the years, but there have been a lot of things you always wanted to do, but either lacked the time, money, or freedom to pursue them. You have free time now, so it’s time to find enjoyable hobbies for empty nest couples to add to your life. It’s time to have fun.
Hobbies are a great way to combat empty nester syndrome. They are a great addition to your life and can provide a lot of wonderful social opportunities, too.
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You finally have the opportunity to:
- Write a book
- Learn the piano (or guitar)
- Learn how to play golf
- Plant an indoor garden
- Learn how to cook like a pro
- Take up running ( or walking)
- Or anything else you’d like to do
These are just a few of many hobbies for empty nesters. There is an abundance of empty nest ideas and empty nest activities you can consider. You can start taking advantage of your new freedom! Start finding purpose as an empty nester.
Let’s look at some ideas for enjoyable activities for empty nesters.
Take a look at what you already like to do.
What are the things you love to do, but haven’t been able to do as much as you like? What are the things that can make you forget to eat? Are there certain things that make time pass quickly for you?
- Maybe you love to listen to jazz music. You could listen to it more at home. You could go to a jazz club once a week. Or, you could learn to play a jazz-related instrument.
- Do you love to crochet? Maybe you could start a little business on the side.
- Do you love to garden? Maybe you now have time to enter rose competitions. Or, you could plant your first full-scale vegetable garden.
Think back on your favorite activities in the past
- What did you always want to do or try, but never seemed to get around to it? Did you always want to learn how to roller skate? Bake pastries? Train your dog to do tricks?
- What have you enjoyed doing in the past but no longer do? Ballroom dancing? Hiking?
- What interests did you have as a child? What activities did you enjoy?
Try something interesting and see if you want to continue.
Try not to take the search for a hobby too seriously. If something interests you, give it a shot. No one says you have to stick with it for years. Try these hobby ideas for empty nesters and then decide if you want to continue:
- Take one cooking class
- Try one dance class
- Borrow a friend’s tennis racket for an hour
- Try your hand at painting
- Give adult coloring a try.
See what you like and go from there. You might decide to give 10 different things a try and then choose the one you like the most.
Consider getting friends to join you.
Some things are better done with friends, while others are more enjoyable alone. It’s up to you to decide whom, if anyone, you want to include in your hobby.
Decide what you want to get out of it.
Are you just looking to have fun? Do you want to experience personal growth? Do you want to do something exciting? Are you looking for a hobby that you can turn into an income? Get in shape? There’s an enjoyable hobby for every objective.
Hobbies can be a great way to enhance your social life, enjoy your free time, experience personal growth, push yourself, or get back in shape. You might even find a hobby that you can turn into a 1st or 2nd career.
Travel Is The Perfect Hobby For An empty Nest Couple
Many empty-nester moms love to travel and are determined to make the most of this time in their lives to add to their life experiences.
You can finally travel to those locations that kids don’t like. It’s less expensive without the kids in tow, too. No kids means fewer plane tickets and hotel rooms. You can finally visit those places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.
Maybe you can finally afford that trip to Europe now that there are fewer plane tickets and hotel rooms to purchase.
Consider these benefits that traveling offers you.
Fulfill a dream.
Your kids are gone, and you’re feeling down in the dumps. What better way to boost your mood than to plan a trip to your dream destination? This might be something worthy of a splurge.
Create a bucket list of all the places you’ve always wanted to visit.
Where have you considered retiring?
You might love the idea of living in Florida. However, if you’ve never been there, the mosquitos, heat, humidity, and frequent thunderstorms might be an unpleasant surprise.
This is a great time to visit those places that are on your list of potential retirement locations. Even if you’re still several years away from retiring, it’s never too soon to start looking.
You can travel in the off-season.
It can be so much more enjoyable to travel during the off season. This isn’t possible when you have kids in school. There are fewer crowds, lower prices, and often better weather.
Spend a wonderful time with your children.
Just because you can travel without your kids, doesn’t mean that you have to. Traveling can bring the whole family together for a memorable experience. Travel can be a great way to stay connected to your children as well.
Many empty nesters love to use their newfound freedom to travel to those places they either couldn’t afford or weren’t interesting to their children. Traveling can be an excellent way to enjoy your new lifestyle. Where do you want to go?
Budget Friendly Travel Tips for Savvy Empty Nest Couples
When traveling as a couple, it’s always great to have plenty of extra money. But if you want to travel on a budget, it’s smart to utilize some strategies that can stretch your dollars.
Make the most of your travel budget by applying the simple strategies below.
#1 – Choose 3 or 4 travel destinations you both like.
Look into pricing of each destination to determine which one offers the least expensive travel.
Once you agree on a few destinations, investigate them online. Look for package deals and make some comparisons. Which place(s) offer the best pricing?
#2 – Plan to visit a travel destination during the off-season.
Take into account that visiting a locale when it’s not the tourist season will save you quite a bit of cash.
Accommodations and many attractions cost less when you go during the off-season. Depending on the locale, even traveling to your destination is discounted in the off-season when the demand is less. For example, in the winter, airfare to Europe is about half the cost of summer fares – by hundreds of dollars per ticket!
For many summer tourist destinations, the date they switch to off-season rates is in early September when the kids go back to school – the day after Labor Day.
Taking a trip with your partner the week after Labor Day will save you money and you can still enjoy the warm weather attractions. Plus, you won’t have to fight the crowds.
#3 – Save as a couple and individually before the trip.
An important part of planning a trip is putting aside money in advance to pay for the trip. A way to pump up your savings and make it fun is for each of you to formulate not only your joint savings plan, but also your own plans to save a few extra bucks for the trip. Have a contest to see who can save more!
Cut out those expensive coffee beverages, lunches out at work and other less-necessary expenditures in your daily lives to bank those dollars for your trip.
#4 – Book a hotel that offers free breakfast.
Nothing will start off a day of exploration on your vacation like 2 free meals. Many hotels offer continental breakfasts to lure in travelers. While you’re at it, grab a few of those granola bars and a few pieces of fresh fruit for your purse or car, just in case you get hungry before or after lunch.
Vacations take a lot of energy and can work up quite an appetite. Free snacks will serve to stretch your budget even further.
#5 – Split dinners in restaurants.
If you both like some of the same foods, consider ordering an entrée and dividing it between the two of you. Even if you each order soup or a salad, your dinner bill will still be less expensive.
Some restaurants will charge $2.00 or $3.00 for a plate fee when you let them know you plan to split the entrée. However, getting into the habit of sharing dinners when you travel shows you have real budget-savvy.
#6. – Carry re-usable individual water containers.
When you arrive at the hotel, find the nearest grocery or drug store nearby where you can buy inexpensive bottled water by the gallon. Take the water to your hotel room and fill your individual containers in the evening.
If your hotel room has a refrigerator, chill your water overnight. The next morning before you head off to see the sites, grab your bottles of water.
Bottled water can cost up to $4.00 per bottle when purchased separately. So, you can save $20 or more per day between the two of you by furnishing your own water this way.
As a couple, you hopefully have many wonderful vacations ahead of you. Money-saving strategies such as visiting off-season, staying at hotels that offer free breakfasts, sharing dinners, and filling your own water bottles will reduce your travel expenditures.
Put these budget-friendly tips to work when planning your next vacation with your beloved partner.
The last thing you want to do is get sick while travelling. Read my blog: How to stay healthy while traveling to stay healthy and stress-free while traveling!
Deepen Your Relationship with Hobbies for Couples
It’s important for couples to do more together than just eat dinner and watch TV when children leave home for college. That’s the perfect time to do the things you always wanted to do.
There’s a whole world of activities that are available for the two of you to enjoy together. The right hobby can be fun and deepen your relationship at the same time.
Couples that play together stay together! Try the 12 options below and then use them as a springboard to more ideas.
#1 – Games.
Games aren’t just for kids. Instead of sharing the couch and watching a movie, sit face to face and play a game. Some great games to play are:
You can even play a video game. Share a few laughs over a game and chat.
#2 – Book club for just the two of you.
Choose a book that interests you both and read it. Read the first chapter or two and have a conversation about the book. It’s interesting how two people can interpret the same experience quite differently. Take turns choosing a book while keeping the other person’s tastes in mind.
#3 – Sailing.
It’s not easy to sail by yourself. One of you can work the sail while the other steers. If you don’t know how to sail, take a class. Sailing requires great teamwork and the ability to anticipate your partner’s choices.
#4 – Wine Tasting.
Buy a respectable bottle of wine and share it. Analyze the taste together. A little wine never hurt anyone’s mood, either. This hobby dovetails nicely with a cooking hobby.
#5 – Exercise.
Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find a physical activity that you both enjoy and do it together. Struggling and sweating together can strengthen your relationship. Walking is a fun hobby that everyone can enjoy regardless of fitness level.
#6 – Crossword puzzles.
Not many people can complete a tough crossword puzzle alone, but it’s often doable with a partner. It’s a lot more fun, too. There are plenty of free puzzles online you can print out and work together.
#7 – Cooking.
A few people like to cook alone. Far more people like to cook with a partner. Pick a new dish that appeals to both of you and go shopping for supplies together. Divide up the cooking tasks and get busy. Cooking can also be a great time to do a little wine tasting, too.
#8 – Gardening.
This can be an enjoyable and peaceful time to spend together. It may be one of the most relaxing activities for couples. Plan out your garden, plant your seeds, start your garden, and maintain your garden together. Harvest what you’ve planted and then cook a meal together. You can even share your meal (or your harvest) with neighbors and friends.
#9 – Puzzles.
When was the last time you did a jigsaw puzzle? Puzzles aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a great bonding experience for those couples that enjoy them.
#10 – Dancing.
Take a class together. Watch a YouTube video. Or just turn on some music. Dancing is fun, great exercise, and a wonderful experience to share.
When was the last time you danced together? You both had a good time, didn’t you? Why not plan a weekly dinner and dancing date night?
#11 – Hiking.
There are lots of people that don’t like to exercise, but nearly everyone likes to hike. Spending a beautiful day together in nature can deepen any relationship. All you need is a decent pair of shoes.
#12 – Birdwatching.
Birdwatching can be similar to hiking with less walking. This is another way to get outside and enjoy nature together. All you need are the right bird watching accessories to get started. You can work your way through a local bird guide and see just how many species you can identify.
Instead of spending another night or weekend doing the same old routine, explore new hobbies for empty nesters together. A shared hobby can bring a new level of closeness to your relationship.
Shake things up in your relationship by finding and experiencing hobbies for empty nest couples together. Don’t give up until you find at least one that you both enjoy.