If you live in a winter climate like I do, you’re finding yourself stuck with indoor activities right now, so I’m going to name ten things I enjoy doing for little or no cost in the winter.These are all things that I fill my time with indoors, and each of them has little or no cost.

I don’t expect you’ll enjoy all of these. Instead, I suggest reading all of these and trying one or two of them (or more, if you like). Everyone is different and everyone has different passions.

Play a board or card game
First of all, if you associate board games and card games with endless, boring games of Monopoly from your youth, you’re missing out. Monopoly was first published in an early version in 1910. Comparing Monopoly to a modern board game is like comparing a Model T to a Lexus.

Try playing a more modern board game, like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride. Look for a local hobby shop in your area and ask for a demonstration of the game if you don’t have access to a copy, just to see if you enjoy it. Board games can make for a great holiday gift.

If nothing else, a standard $1 deck of playing cards can provide lots and lots of gaming. You can play poker, euchre, pitch, bridge, rummy… the list goes on and on. There are also many, many solitaire games to play.

Read (or re-read) a book
My shelves have quite a few great unread books sitting on them, right next to a big pile of some of the greatest books I’ve ever read. There are few better ways to burn a few hours than to read a great book.

If you don’t have any books available to you, visit your local library. There are thousands upon thousands of books available there for free borrowing.

I could list hundreds of books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. The key, though, is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s something challenging or a complete page-turner. READ MORE> http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2011/1202/Ten-free-winter-activities

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Photography is one of the hobbies that people can pick up and learn fairly easily. Some people have the impression that there is a trick to taking great pictures. There are some different elements you need to consider in order to both enjoy photography as a hobby, and take great pictures. The fact is, with a little knowledge and some practice, wonderful pictures are a click away. There is nothing more enjoyable than capturing pictures of wonderful moments and images and sharing them with others.

In order to pursue photography as a hobby, you first need to learn some of the techniques and skills associated with it. You need to gather the different materials needed as well. Some suggestions for people who are starting photography as hobby include:

* Familiarize yourself with topics that interest you so that you understand the topic you wish to photograph

* Consider investing in either an automatic focus camera, or a self-focusing SLR camera.

* For people who choose nature as a subject of their photography, it is important to consider the location of the pictures they take. Making sure the sun will not affect the picture in undesired ways, and positioning yourself behind the sun so that the light will create clearer shots is important.

* When you first start taking pictures, you may want to practice by taking pictures around your own home. You may even take great pictures of unplanned or unexpected moments!

* You may wish to use a tripod in order to achieve pictures that are steady, and you can produce great images when you use the right angles! Paying attention to the shape, position, and size of the subject you are photographing is important as well.

* In the absence of sunlight, artificial light may be needed. The camera you are using may have a flash, but sometimes the light from it may not be enough to create a clear image.

Citation: Disabled World News – Photography is a hobby people can learn fairly easily especially with our tips and tricks for taking great photos and pictures: http://www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/hobby/photography/#ixzz26x75NskB

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Some hobbies can provide a good source of income during these challenging times.

 

There are a variety of hobby ideas that are more enjoyable and creative to keep one′s mind and hands busy. Hobby activities stimulate people to think in an unusual way for creating various products. Hobbies are the ones that keep you busy; they are enjoyable and bring in the harmony of happiness and self contention. Hobby ideas differ from one person to another depending on their interest and lifestyle that keeps them connected with some valuable leisure time. They are more specific based on the individual, as hobby ideas differ for children, women, men and couples together.

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In the digital age, we have more hobbies and interests available than ever. Even our favorite pastimes like reading books and watching television have changed. The Internet. Social media. Digital photography. What’s next for you?

For a long list of modern alternatives, take a look at this list: http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/

What is your short list for 2012 and beyond?

 

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Social Media Gaining Influence, Reach For Advertisers and Advocates

With the explosion of social media, traditional hobby activities are being impacted in a variety of ways. More and more people are spending time on Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, Pinterest and others, which is adding to the interest in digital photography. It’s safe to say that this activity is changing the way that people are spending their time and money.

Crossbow Communications advertising and PR

Crossbow Communications advertising and PR.

With this in mind, should social media be classified as a hobby? Is Facebook a digital scrapbook? Is Twitter a platform for poets? Is social media connecting people with similar hobbies?

Tell us what you think.

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Language And Travel Guide To Indonesia

Indonesia is a fascinating country and a rewarding destination for business and pleasure. The people are warm and friendly and they have rich cultural traditions and stunning arts and crafts. With more than 17,500 islands, there is something for everyone–from the spas and resorts on Bali to the ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan on Java.

Indonesia has some of the largest and most exotic islands in the world, including Bali, Borneo, Java, Komodo, New Guinea, and Sumatra—more than 17,500 islands in all. With more than 210 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most-populous country in the world. These islands only represent one percent of the world’s land area, but they are home to more than 10 percent of all mammal species—more known mammal species than any other country. As a result of a growing human population, Indonesia now has more endangered mammals than any other country, including the orangutan, Javan rhinoceros, Komodo dragon, Sumatran tiger, and the Sumatran elephant.

“Indonesia has some of the most amazing biodiversity in the world, but many ecosystems are under siege by the economic pressures of this rapidly growing nation,” Chandler said. “The country is doing its best to balance development and conservation, but it’s a challenge. If we can help this beautiful country expand its eco-tourism opportunities, it will help the locals support their families, while defending their ecosystems, which will benefit the country and the world.”

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia

Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia.

Chandler penned his first Indonesian guidebook in 1994. He also has written eight other books about environmental success stories from around the world. The new Indonesian guidebook  has been updated, expanded and published to emphasize wildlife and marine destinations across numerous Indonesian islands.

If you are looking for adventure, you can go in search of wildlife, go scuba diving or surfing. Take a volcano trek. Your options are as diverse as this massive archipelago.

This photo tour of Indonesia will give you a quick introduction to Indonesia and its major islands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj7_1qw1cyg

 

For more information, visit http://indonesiantravelbook.com/indonesia-travel-information/ Be sure to order your copy of the best language and travel guide available to make sure that you get the most from your vacation, adventure, or business trip. Author Gary R. Chandler offers excellent travel advice and simple language tips that will make a difference in your overall experience.

Chandler is the founder of Crossbow Communications, a firm that specializes in public affairs, public relations and issue management. The company is based in Denver and Phoenix. Chandler is donating all proceeds from this book to wildlife conservation causes in Indonesia. http://crossbowcommunications.com/advertising-and-public-relations-agency/

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