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Empty Nest Hobbies

by | May 20, 2024 | Living in the Next Phase, Hobbies

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Empty Nest Hobbies

Finding yourself in an empty nest can be both scary and exciting. Suddenly you have a lot more time on your hands. No more weekend sports and activities or waiting up for your teen to get in at night. It may be time to remember all those things you were going do “someday” and actually do them – like taking up a new hobby.

This post lists over 50 new Empty Nest Hobbies for you to consider as you think about how you would like to spend your time now that your last child is off to college or out of the house or in the house, but not needing you to attend his band concerts anymore.

I first wrote this post many years ago. And the original post did not include a hobby I now have and never thought I would be doing. So, the moral of my story is to keep an open mind and try new things. You never know what is going to catch your attention and bring you days of joy and adventure.

For more Empty Nest Resources: What is an Empty Nester?

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Empty Nest Hobbies

Depending on your personality and interests there are so many possibilities for an empty nest hobby. I have linked to other posts on Almost Empty Nest and other bloggers who blog about these hobbies so you can get more information about how to get started and how to enjoy your new hobbies to the fullest.

Be sure to take the Empty Nest Super Power Quiz for insight into your hobby style.

Empty Nest Hobbies for Adventurers

  • Travel: My husband and I are becoming more and more interested in traveling. Mel is doing some traveling as well, so we have added a travel section to our Living in the Next Phase section. So far, there is only one post, but more are coming. Check out our trips to Nashville to visit our adult son. Nashville is full of fun things to do and amazing food to try! Coming up – Mel’s trip to Spain and the Azores and. My husband and I are cruising the Aegean Sea with stops in Greece and Turkey in September 2024. We have also been to Guatemala 6 times and I am excited to write about that beautiful country.
  • RV travel: I met a gal through blogging who wrote and made videos about RVing. I am not sure she is actively online anymore because her last posts are a year old. But I would check out her YouTube channel anyway and go from there if you are interested in traversing the country in an RV.
  • Camping
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Snorkeling should be squeezed into any vacation where there is a reef. We snorkeled in Belize celebrating our 50th birthdays! So beautiful!
  • There are so many adventuresome things to do that are way out of my adventure comfort zone, but I admire those who try things like mountain biking surfing, bungee jumping (should any back that is over 50 years old be doing this???), and the like.

 Empty Nest Hobbies for those who love the Outdoors

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • RV Travel
  • Bee Keeping
  • Gardening
  • Bird watching – This is one that used to seem a bit silly to me, but I now enjoy having my coffee on my back porch while my dog exercises and I watch our bird feeder and its visitors. Sometimes it isn’t about traveling to see various birds to photograph and checking them off a list, but learning to enjoy things that were always there, but I was too busy to notice.
  • Geocaching

Empty Nest Hobbies for those who love staying Physically Active

  • Cross Fit
  • Tennis
  • Golf – So far I am not golfing. My husband and daughter are completely into it right now. I am driving the cart and watching from the comfy chairs at our local Birdie Bay.
  • Biking – My husband switched from cross fit to biking during the pandemic. We now have an exercise room with a Peloton Bike. He rides until he can hardly breathe and is sopping with sweat. I put it on 30 minutes, set my own pace, and watch tv.
  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Pickleball – It’s the thing, y’all. Have not tried it, but the paddles they are coming up with are adorable like these Pink Pickleball Paddles. Almost makes me want to try it.

Empty Nest Hobbies for those who want to Connect with Others

  • Volunteering
  • Dance Lessons
  • Entertain/throw parties or start a dinner club
  • Exercise classes
  • Start a bunko or Mahjong group. We learned to play Mahjong during the pandemic. I need to find a group. It was right up my alley!
  • Whatever your interest join a club and explore your hobby with other enthusiasts.
  • Dog Training – I am not sure what category to put dog training in. It encompasses connecting, learning, and physical activity. I started training our new puppy in 2022 by going to a dog training club for puppy kindergarten. We are still going to “the club” and training every week. Together my dog Remmie and I earned an obedience title (Beginner Novice, the first level). We are now training in agility. We are having the best time! The people are wonderful. I am learning. My dog is learning and we are hoping to compete in our first agility trial in August 2024.
  • Pets – Pets are wonderful companions. They are not a substitute for people, but they sure can get you through a tough day with their complete devotion. They make you go outside. They make you be at least a little bit physically active especially if you live in a place where there only exercise is for you to walk them several times per day. (I can cheat on this because we live on over an acre and our dog can exercise in our yard chasing squirrels and practicing agility with me.)

We first earned our AKC Canine Good Citizen Ribbon and then titled in Beginner Novice Obedience. I don’t have any agility pictures yet!

Empty Nest Hobbies for Creatives

Empty Nest Hobbies for those who love to Learn

  • Go back to school
  • Reading and/or listening to audio books. I love listening to books in the car with my Audible Membership.
  • Learn a new language
  • Technology
  • Financial Planning – This can be fun or a headache, but it does need to be done to make sure you are ready for retirement. Read 7 Things You Need to Do to Get Ready for Retirement.
  • Start a podcast
  • Collecting

Empty Nest Hobbies for Inspirers

  • Volunteer for organizations who advocate for your interests
  • Join a political campaign
  • Write letters to the editor of newspapers – Be nice, though! Do your research and send your best thoughts, not an angry tirade.
  • Write your congressman
  • Teach others about your areas of advocacy
  • Start a blog about your interests
  • Post inspirational messages on social media
  • Vow to build others up with your desire to inspire

I hope you will use these ideas for Empty Nest Hobbies to enrich your life and have fun. While no hobby ever replaces your children, it can be exhilarating to discover new things and explore ideas you have always wanted to, but never had the time to before.

Related posts for Empty Nest Hobbies

Empty Nest Super Power Quiz

What is an Empty Nester?

7 Great Books for Empty Nesters

10 Work from Home Tips for Empty Nesters

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