Friday, 6 March 2015

A change of location, a change of lifestyle: expat hobbies

When people think about moving to a new culture, they often envisage new types of food and new traditions. What many forget to consider is the opportunity this provides for a change of lifestyle, especially when it comes to hobbies. 

Moving to a new climate can open the doors to whole a raft of new activities for both you and your children if you are moving as a family. Swimming lessons can be swapped for surfing, football can be swapped for baseball and horse riding at local stables can be swapped for horse riding along a beach with friends in the sunshine. 

Moving abroad a great opportunity to find new hobbies and hobbies are a great way to make new friends. Many of our expats have commented on how joining a local group or society has helped to quickly boost their network of local contacts and friends. You can also check out this post for our other top tips on making new friends abroad. 

Here are our top five hobby ideas by continent:

Australasia: the outback, sand and surf
Few places on earth will beat the coast of Australia for surfing and the beach lifestyle. If you or your children have always been strong swimmers, surfing is a great way to get outdoors and make new friends who are also part of the popular surfing culture in Australia and surrounding locations. This lifestyle can become a great way of staying fit and healthy every day while not being confined to a gym. 

Europe: the home of modern art
Europe is full of locations that boast some of the most historical and leading art galleries in the world. If you have a passion for picking up a paintbrush and easel, moving to a location such as France or Italy is a great way to indulge your interest and have the opportunity to depict some of the most stunning views and locations. 

Africa: horseback riding and exploring outdoors
If you love an activity that gets your adrenalin racing then locations in and around Africa are a hotbed of extreme sports and outdoor fun. If you love animals and enjoy horse riding, there are opportunities in locations across Africa to take horseback riding beyond the stables back home and go on a horseback riding safari. Alternatively it is a great opportunity to live in an area with lots of open space for making a ride part of your daily routine. 

Asia: become an amateur chef
Asia is famous for its exquisite and unusual culinary experiences. Amazing local markets full of the best fresh produce make Asia an ideal place to learn to cook those dishes you see celebrity chefs creating on TV.. Learning to cook is also a great way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle if you have grown tired of always ordering a takeaway after a busy day at work. 

Americas: sports
There are few places that can compete with America when it comes to sport. If you have been used to always kicking a ball around in your back garden at home, moving to America is the chance to be on the front row of some of the biggest sporting events in the world. Whether its baseball, basketball or American football, sports fans can become immersed in an entire sporting culture in the states.

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