It’s Time To Embrace An Extravagant Hobby
We all get to a stage in our lives where we suddenly accept that we need to get our hands on a hobby or swap out our current hobby. It is part and parcel of being a guy. We need something we can do to while away our Tuesday afternoon’s, that place we can escape to on a Thursday evening, or that one weekend out of every month where we can indulge in our obsession.
In fact, there is only one question that you need to ask yourself: what hobby do you want to do. Of course, this decision is determined by the amount of spare cash you have, as well as the amount of spare time, but once you have done your budgeting, the world is your oyster.
It then becomes a matter of what sort of hobby you want to take on. It could be that you envisage yourself committing to a long-term hobby, one that involves both a financial and physical risk, you know, like flying, sailing, mountaineering and other such activities that will see your skill level progress as your bank balance depletes.
However, it could be that you want to get into something as far from strenuous as humanly possible, something upper-class and gentlemanly, like art collecting or driving classic cars because let’s be honest, they don’t make cars like they used to.
As such, we recommend you start by taking a long hard look at what you want from your new hobby – in terms of financial commitment and physicality – and end by reading this list of ideas, which could see your life transform in ways you never knew possible.
Learn How To Fly
There was a time when we would have said, “wouldn’t it be cool to be able to fly just like Harrison Ford!” But given his recent history, we’re not going to go down that route. Instead, what we’re going to say is, “wouldn’t it be cool to join the ranks of Hollywood superstars and get to fly wherever you want in your own plane!”
Picture it, literally picture it here: http://aviataircraft.com/husky-aircraft/, and imagine yourself in the cockpit and in control. Then start to consider the costs of this hobby. First off, as the owner of a plane, there are overheads such as regular maintenance checks, the cost of a hanger, possible crew salaries (depending on the size of your aircraft) and insurance premiums. This can put a lot of people off, especially those who aren’t earning $38 million per film.
As for learning – and not owning – you’ll be able to experience all the thrills of flying for about $100 for a half-hour lesson. That’s pretty good going. Of course, it could gravitate from a once-a-year hobby to an obsession that sees’s you go after your Private Pilot License, in which case you are looking at around $8,000, including the standard 45 hour flight time, ground training and exams. A fully-fledged pilot; that is what we would call living the dream.
Get behind The Wheel Of A Classic
We meant it when we said it, they don’t make cars like they used to. We’re not denying that cars haven’t improved. They have. They have got faster, more economical, safer and more technologically awesome. But as a driving experience, there is no denying that the art has been lost.
Of course, if you want to own a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, or a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 then you are going to have to have a lot of money. Like a lot of money. Like lots and lots of millions of money. But don’t worry if you don’t have this much money because there are options available to you.
One alternative is that you start doing your research and invest in a car that has the potential to one day become a classic. Or buy a piece of muscle history that remains relatively inexpensive still, like a 60s Mustang or a 70s Camaro. The other great alternative is to join a car club. This will grant you access to a range of vehicles for an annual subscription. Luckily, most of these will give you a bronze, silver or gold option, all of which will grant you the chance to then drive a selection of classic cars with everything paid for – insurance, tax, and mileage.
Look At The Mountain You Have To Climb
The great thing about this hobby is that you have a choice of mountains, and that means how physically demanding it is, how costly and how steep you want your learning curve to be. For example, it could be that you start your ascent in the UK, which has a couple of beginner hikes, such as Ben Nevis and Snowdon. What better way is there to introduce yourself to this gorgeous hobby, climbing starter size mountains and yet reaping the rewards of fresh air, gorgeous vistas, and self-accomplishment. It could even be the very thing that sees’s you start focussing on this more seriously.
For many mountain climbers, the end goal is The Seven Summits. Yes, it could be the title of a Hollywood movie, but it isn’t. In fact, it is an elite club of people who have successfully climbed and conquered the seven highest mountains on seven different continents. These include Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Aconcagua in South America, Denali in North America Carstensz in Indonesia, Vinson in the Antarctic and Everest in Asia.
Of course, with an increased challenge comes an increased cost, and it is widely believed that just the cost of a guide would be in excess of $160,000. Of course, https://www.thoughtco.com/climbing-4132811, highlights the other things you’ll need tom like specialist equipment, training, travel, vaccinations, accommodation and the other bits and bots, which would make the final cost closer to $300,000, which is quite a lot of money to shell out for what is essentially just a hobby. Of course, if you can simply enjoy it for what it is, then it could be that you can stick to the low-cost and low altitude mountains that are dotted around the world. Oh, and these come with less risk too.