Finding the best retirement hobbies for couples is not easy. To have a happy retirement life you need to not get bored and find common activities together.
Up until now, you had a busy life at work and you only spent time together during weekends and holidays. Now you are together all the time and to have a smooth transition you need to share more things together.
To help you to keep your relationship strong and broaden your horizons, we decided to gather the best retirement hobbies for couples.
This retirement hobbies for couples list is here to gave you new ideas to try out together.
If you do not where to start, you can read our article about How to Get a Retirement Hobby.
What Do Retired Couples Do Together?
To be able to find the perfect retirement hobbies for couples is to understand the need of your partner. Their needs may not be the same as yours. To be successful as a couple you need to compromise and try things you may never have wanted to try.
My wife and I have found different hobbies we do together. We love to travel but my type of travel was not the same as hers. I love to take my backpack and travel with the locals. She had never done this before we met but she decided to give it a go and now she loves it!
We enjoy helping people because we think this is rewarding. We decided to create this blog to help retired people to live their retirement life to the full. There is no time to waste now. We have found plenty of activities to do together and this has made our relationship stronger than before.
Below, you will find a list of retirement hobbies for couples which will give you plenty of possibilities to explore.
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21 Best Retirement Hobbies for Couples to Avoid Being Bored
1. Travel Together
Travelling is my favourite things to do with my wife. We love to backpack and discover new cultures and new people. We love to share with locals and travel like a local by using local transport. We opt to stay overnight in small guest houses because these are the best places to interact with local people and meet other travellers like us. As a result, we can share tips and experiences.
We know that backpacking is not for everybody, but travel is. It does not matter how you travel or where you stay. The main thing is to be happy travelling together.
2. Open Your Own Book Club
You can open your own Book Club because this can be done between you as a couple. One partner chooses a book to read and, after one or two weeks, you can have a special dinner date to talk about the book. Before the end of the evening, the other partner suggests the next book to read.
To have fun with your Book Club, you need to set some rules and both respect them. For example, both partners need to read the book even if it is not one partner’s cup of tea.
3. Cycle Together
When you are cycling together, don’t forget that it is a sport, but it’s for fun. You need to be supportive of each other’s level of fitness.
Cycling around your area is a good activity to do together. You will discover hidden gems in your area. Travelling by bike gives you time to enjoy the surrounding area. Don’t be afraid of exploring little paths.
Like all the other hobbies on this list, the whole process involved in cycling should be done together. By this, I mean that you are a couple working together and taking decisions together about where to go and how long to cycle. Even the maintenance of bikes need to be done together.
If you both enjoy cycling, you could challenge yourself more with a cycling trip. For example, you could spend one week touring the countryside. Some people have even done world tours with their bikes.
Why not put your walking shoes on? It is easy to try this hobby out and see whether you like it or not. If you enjoy walking together, then you can buy more equipment to progress in hiking.
As you progress, you can plan a more challenging hike. For instance, you could go into the mountains and stay overnight in a refuge. Alternatively, you could hike a famous trail like the GR 20 in Corsica. Over 11 to 12 days you hike 180 km along the spine of Corsica’s mountains.
5. Help Others By Volunteering
There are plenty of ways of becoming a volunteer. You can be a volunteer in your own town or on the other side of the world.
Becoming a volunteer will bring you a lot of satisfaction for you and will also benefit others. It is a win-win situation. You will be rewarded by helping others, meet other people and extend your social network and discover more about your partner.
6. Become a Fan Again
If you enjoy the same type of music, you can decide to listen to music by the same band. When the band tour, you can attend their concert. Don’t forget that you are retired now and you have plenty of time. One idea is to hire a motorhome and stop at the cities where your band is performing. This will give you the opportunity of discovering more about your country or another.
7. Start a Vegetable Patch Together
Gardening is good for your mind and helps you calm down. This hobby is also good because you are outside and doing some exercise. To cultivate a productive vegetable patch is a lot of work but is very rewarding.
You will enjoy eating your home-grown food. If you have never grown your own vegetables, I can guarantee that they will taste much better than produce bought at the supermarket.
If you really enjoy this retirement hobby and you want to be more self-sufficient, you could keep chickens for eggs.
8. Learn How to Dance
Learning to dance as a couple can be challenging, but equally rewarding. You will look at your partner more closely and touch them which will recreate a close bond with them. You will also improve your coordination skills and have fun.
There are plenty of different types of dance to learn. In my opinion, there is no best type of dancing to start with. Just start with something you are attracted by. This may be the look of the dance or the music itself. You will not enjoy learning the Flamenco if you are a pure rocker!
9. Learn a New Language Together
Lifelong learning has many advantages. You are never too old to learn something new. Why not have fun learning a new language together?
You can practise speaking the new language at home in everyday contexts and test each other. This is a fun way of revising vocabulary and phrases and helping each other.
There are plenty of different ways to learn a new language. Books are a good way to learn the grammar and the rules of the language, but you need to listen to native speakers to develop your pronunciation. For this, you can watch news programmes in the language you are studying.
Most countries do not make their television programmes available if you live outside the country concerned. To bypass this, you need to use a VPN. For example, with a VPN I can watch French TV.
10. Cooking Together
Cooking is another good hobby to have with your partner. You can learn new techniques or share experiences together. To be good at cooking, you need to have imagination to create unique recipes. Before being able to do this, you need to learn some cooking techniques and basic recipes. You can use a cookbook to start with and remember the techniques.
As soon you are more confident, you can create a delicious menu together to impress your friends and family.
11. Sketching and Drawing
Imagine yourself sitting comfortably next to a beautiful pond or landscape. Now take out your sketch book and pencil and try to immortalise this moment with your partner.
You do not need to be an expert to start. You just need to record the moment on a piece of paper by mark making. Don’t forget that this is art and art is subjective.
12. Take Your Car and Go Camping
Tomorrow’s weather will be perfect so why not take your tent and camp somewhere overnight or for a couple of nights? There are plenty of beautiful places to camp.
I know camping is not for everybody but if you never try how will you know? You may be surprised! You will meet people and live outdoors. Preparing dinner in a small cooking place requires some organisation but it is rewarding. Imagine being outside with a glass of wine or beer in your hand, eating and watching the stars overhead.
For me, Yoga is the perfect sport for this time of my life. It helps me feel younger. Practising Yoga is not just a sport or activity but a state of mind. You need to empty your mind and fill it with positive energy.
Everybody can start Yoga and you will progress at your own speed. Some people may be more flexible than others but with Yoga it doesn’t matter. You do what your body can do. Gradually, your suppleness will improve.
14. Card Games
Card games are a fun thing to play together as a couple or to play with others. There are plenty of different games you play with a simple pack of cards. Games are also good to keep your brain active. You need to remember the cards and keep score.
Knowing your partner is a big advantage when you are playing against friends. You just need to look at your partner to know what they want. You can put in place some easy signals to help your partner to play the right card. I am not talking of cheating but to know each other’s play.
15. Wine Tasting
Discovering different vineyards around the world is incredibly interesting. When you are wine tasting, you are not just drinking the wine, but learning about its history and how it’s produced.
You can enjoy this hobby from home by doing some research, join a wine tasting club or visit vineyards during a trip.
There are plenty of different possibilities to experience wine tasting in France. There are plenty of different types of wine in France, but wine is produced worldwide. There are particularly good wines in places like California or Chile. I am a French native and I am happy to say that!
Photography is another good retirement hobby to do together. You can enjoy it during your holidays or when you are walking around your town.
You can show your partner how creative you are. Finding the best spots to take the perfect shot isn’t easy. It is interesting to compare different pictures from the same location. In addition, this hobby will create memories which you will be able to share with family and friends.
Did you know you can even make money with your pictures? You can upload them online and sell them. This could be a great way of earning a little extra money in retirement.
17. Organise a Movie Night at Home
Similar to the Book Club idea, you can watch classic movies and share your experiences afterwards. Explain to your partner why you like the movie and try to analyse the movie techniques and how the actors played their parts.
You could create a list of movies to watch and hold a film festival. Find the best movie, best actor, best cinematography, etc.
18. Become a Museum Fan
Organising a trip to your local museum and taking the time to appreciate it in full can be a good idea for retired couples. You can also create a bucket list of the most prestigious museums around the world and make plans to visit them.
Read our article about how to create the perfect bucket list for retirement and ideas about what to include on it.
19. Crazy Golf Fan
If the game of golf does not appeal to you, you can still enjoy crazy golf. Most of the mini golf courses are beautifully decorated and you will find outdoor and indoor courses. You can challenge your partner and make it interesting. There are crazy golf courses everywhere and you are certain to find one near your home.
20. Treat Yourself
To treat ourselves, I love to book a spa weekend with my wife. It is a little break where we just relax and take time to be together. Spas offer plenty of different treatments and you don’t need to choose the same treatment. After a day in the spa, it is lovely to enjoy a fantastic meal and share experiences.
21. Zumba Classes
If you want to get sweaty and participate in a fun sport, Zumba classes could be the perfect choice. You do not need to be a perfect dancer or have rhythm. You just need to join in, have fun and be happy.
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