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Are you looking for free, useful websites to further expand your interests and your curiosities? Then today’s blog is for you.
For some readers, the process of navigating the internet’s vast resources is simply too overwhelming, too time consuming … or both.
Other readers are comfortable surfing the internet and hunt for websites that offer free quality services. “Free” and “quality” are the key words though. The concept that we can all benefit from watching our money pot, no matter its size, is an important one. But the trick is finding sites that are both helpful and actually free.
Please worry no further because The Next Half is here to help! We have put together a list of recommended, useful, and free websites for you. We’ve even categorised the suggestions into 11 popular areas of interest. Let’s learn more about the hobbies that fascinate us … without incurring any cost. Let’s definitely use our time to further enrich ourselves. Why not?
Please know each site recommended is one that I use personally and that I am not receiving payment to promote. I promise. Whilst this list is targeted to the U.K. market, some sites are North American based which is an indication of their global content more than a nod to the country of my birth. Some descriptions are my personal summaries, others are verified from the sites’ synopses. All are recommended by The Next Half.
So, let’s get started! Let’s enjoy exploring and learning … for free!
LIST OF MOST USEFUL, FREE WEBSITES:
1. Reading: For the avid reader, there are many great online free resources for finding free eBooks. Here are my favourites:
2. Cooking: There are tons of free recipe ideas and food blogs on offer for any Foodie. Some of my favourites include:
3. General How-To Guides: Anyone interested in DIY or in teaching themselves the “How-To” of almost anything must learn about eHow (https://www.ehow.co.uk/home/). This fantastic website provides expert advice and How-To videos and articles, including instructions on how to make, cook, grow, design, repair, plant……. On almost anything!
4. Puzzles: There are so many options on the web for keeping your brain fit. I suggest adding these free websites to your daily mental work out:
5. Medical/ Health Advice: No website is as good as in person medical care. Full stop. However, if we need to augment our knowledge on some health-related issue the Mayo Clinic website is worth knowing about.(https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information).
6. Pets: Care for our beloved pets is often the top of our list of concerns. The following sites are recommended for free general advice from vets and experts for our pet’s health or care. New content is posted daily. (Caveat from above is inserted here as well: remember that no website's advice can replace personal medical attention.)
7. Cycling: This free, popular website has been recommended as a must for the cycling enthusiast interested in learning about trails for cycling around the UK. www.cyclinguk.org.
8. Ancestry Research: Genealogy is a popular hobby for many. My heritage (www.myheritage.com) and Ancestry (www.ancestory.co.uk ) are two recommended sites which both provide initial free consultations and more detailed search services available at additional monthly charges. If you are interested in this hobby, you may wish to investigate these sites’ reviews and services.
9. Gardening: There are many websites and blogs dedicated to gardeners. The ones I use and highly recommend are:
10. Yoga: Yoga classes can be expensive, but not if we're learning from home with our internet. Yome (https://www.youtube.com/user/YomePortal) and Do Yoga With Me (https://www.doyogawithme.com/yoga-beginners) are helpful and completely free sites. Both offer 100s of video sessions in a variety of styles for yoga fans of all levels.
11. Playing an Instrument: We all know that starting an instrument is daunting, but playing well can be so rewarding. The key is how we can get there. Many Youtube video courses exist for every instrument imaginable. My family uses them regularly … at varying degrees of success!
For good, free piano lessons, I can recommend two sites:
That concludes our list of Most Useful Free Websites.
Please share them in comments for other The Next Half readers!
Do you know other free websites that you highly recommend?
Now let's get exploring...