You did it. You worked hard, managed your finances, and finally got to the point where you are able to retire. But what do you do with all of that extra time on your hands? Traveling and spending time with friends and family can fill some of it, but that leaves a lot of extra hours every day with infinite possibilities. Here are just a few hobbies or pastimes that you can participate in to keep life fun and interesting.


It may be cliché, but golf is a great investment of your time after you retire. Not only is it a fun way to spend time with friends or meet fascinating new people if you are playing solo, it is a great source of exercise and fresh air. Many courses and communities even have discount packages and deals for people who are retired and want to spend their hours on the greens. But whether you are a novice to the game or an undiscovered pro, make sure you have the right gear to get you to the hole. Shops like Golfsmith can provide you with everything you need from clubs to clothes to rangefinders and other technologies, and they can even provide you with tips and training if needed.


Exploring the culinary world can be a great way to spend your newly found hours. Too often people get stuck in their favorite foods and don’t even realize what kind of flavor combinations and food discoveries are out there to be made. It is also a great way to keep a relationship new and exciting or meet new friends along the way. A cooking school like America’s Test Kitchen even provide online cooking classes to help you at whatever stage or skill level you happen to be at.


Hitting the open road with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face is an experience like no other, and just because you are retired doesn’t mean that hopping on the back of a bike and traveling the country is out. Motorcycle riding is a popular past time for people of any age and many times can become a tradition handed down from father to son or mother to daughter, bringing friends and family even closer together. But whatever machine you choose to ride and wherever you choose to go, make sure you have the gear to get you there. A company like BikeBandit can provide you with everything from helmets to jackets in a wide variety of styles and colors.


One of the biggest hidden advantages to retiring is the vast amount of knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years of working and living in the world. Many times giving back in the way of teaching can be not only a great way to fill the hours it can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Helping the next generations to be the best that they can be can fill your days with purpose and meaning and hopefully steer the future of the world in the right direction. Many local libraries and community centers provide opportunities for retired men and women to teach the younger people of the neighborhood either on a volunteer basis or with some small compensation for their time and effort.