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July 10, 2012 3:07 PM Subscribe
I am moving to a remote island in the middle of nowhere, and I need hobbies.
posted by charmcityblues to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (70 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I will most likely be un- or underemployed (which is ok—Mr. Blues has a job out there) and I am used to having work and/or school and/or volunteer work take up almost all my time. Hobby-like things I’ve done in the past (like water polo and orienteering) are out because of logistical impossibilities—no pool, notoriously harsh weather, and lots of UXO. I read a lot and that’s a given—but I feel that I’ll want to do something productive rather than passive.
I will definitely be developing a gym/physical conditioning routine, and I imagine I’ll need to spend a fair amount of time doing domestic work like baking bread (I do enjoy cooking and baking, which I suppose is kind of like a hobby?) However, with no pets and no children that stuff just takes a limited amount of time. I also will likely join the volunteer rescue squad, but with a population hovering around 200 I can’t imagine that’s a huge time commitment. I would take some online classes but the internet is quite spotty and I’m concerned that it would make it too difficult—for instance, I don’t think you can stream anything at all. So, I will have a lot of free time.
I definitely plan to enjoy the opportunity to just be, but after a few days of that I think I’ll need something to keep me busy. I’d like to come out of the experience with a new or refined skill. Something that would have income generating potential would be fantastic, but not necessary. I need to be able to ship any materials out there and can’t count on having things like lots of fresh food for elaborate cooking. I have tried to knit in the past, but I am absolutely hopeless at it. I’m afraid that other similar handicrafts would have similar results, but am open to trying. I have a pretty flexible budget for things that require start-up costs—say up to $750—but I’d prefer not to spend a ton of money on something untested that totally flops (i.e. buying all! the! yarn!)
Please give me your hobby ideas!