Indulging in the finer things in life is what luxury is all about. Treating oneself to a luxurious hobby is oh so sweet. Since hobbies typically blossom out of one’s passion for an activity, self-pampering can be rather enjoyable.

It makes sense that if we’re doing something we take pleasure in, it must be good for us, right?

Identifying a luxury hobby can come with a price tag, but why not go all out and push the envelope. Here are five luxury hobbies that come with a price tag, but oh so satisfying.

Formula One Racing.

 The Virginia International Raceway & Resort Formula Experience clubStart your engines and you’re off to the races! If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, get behind the wheel of a formula one race car. Take on a Formula Experience for a day or join a driving club. A one or two day experience can run between $2,300 and $4,000 and if you get hooked on this pricey hobby, you can always become a club member. The Virginia International Raceway & Resort Formula Experience club members have access to over $750,000 of pure bred Formula and prototype race cars. Most members drive an average of five to 10 days a year.

Destination Writing Retreats.

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Virtually everyone in the world has pondered writing a book. The ideal of being a “writer” is dreamy. Destination writing retreats and couture conferences are the rage. Build your craft while on holiday and inspire your creative mind. There are so many different types of trips, but they’re typically small groups and sell out quickly. Fiction writers can find a UK getaway that ties to literary festival, travel and food writers can head off to Malta explore European culture, or find a writers cruise that provides time for workshops and on-shore escapes. Pricing for a professional writing experience typically range from $1,500 to $3,500 and up.

Head to the Casino.

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Let’s face it, gambling as a hobby can be exhilarating and there’s a chance it can provide a financial reward…that is if you’re lucky. Making travel plans that include a stop off at luxurious destination like Monte Carlo or one of the casino establishments in an upscale London neighbourhood, casinos provide an ultimate travel experience. Play the tables, hit the slots and follow-up with dinner and a show. When you’re not donning your 007 tuxedo at the tables in some exotic location, there are plenty of fantastic live casino experiences to engage in online. The investment in this hobby is up to player!

Take the Plunge…Scuba Dive.

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The sport of scuba diving is an ideal hobby for someone who loves the ocean. Exploring underwater sea life can be breathtaking. This activity requires an investment in scuba gear, training and certification and the occasion to travel to exotic destinations like Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia, Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea or Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Blend this hobby with photography and travel and what more could you ask for.

Take a Wellness Retreat.

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A pampering visit to a spa or wellness resort is an investment in your health and well-being. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be considered a hobby, however, heading to the spa or a wellness retreat most certainly must improve your quality of life. Mind, body and spirit vacations are all the rage. Places like Fiji, Bali and Sedona all offer a myriad of resorts, spas and rejuvenation programs that include physical workouts like yoga and pilates. Meditation, massages and beauty treatments are plentiful. Luxury destination wellness getaways range from $4,000-$8,000 and up. Location and treatments impact the overall expense. Rest and relaxation is well-deserved and one hobby that everyone should enjoy. Don’t forget to frequent local day-spas to keep this hobby in check.

What is your luxury hobby? Tell us about it with a comment below.