Wrocław, Poland

Tourism and Recreation

Turystyka i rekreacja

Language: PolishStudies in Polish
Subject area: physical education, tourism, services
Kind of studies: full-time studies
University website: awf.wroc.pl/home
Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The "need to do something for recreation" is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be "fun".
Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller's country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go "beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only", as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes".
David Attenborough has said that Bali is the most beautiful place in the world, but he must have been there longer than we were, and seen different bits, because most of what we saw in the couple of days we were there sorting out our travel arrangements was awful. It was just the tourist area, i.e., that part of Bali which has been made almost exactly the same as everywhere else in the world for the sake of people who have come all this way to see Bali.
Douglas Adams in: Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine Last Chance to See, Random House Publishing Group, 21 September 2011, p. 17
I've taught the better class of tourist both to see and not to see; to lift their eyes above and beyond the inessentials, and thrill to our western Nature in her majesty.
Jonathan Raban in: Rebecca Brown, Mary Jane Knecht Looking Together: Writers on Art, University of Washington Press, 30 April 2009, p. 16
Essentially the camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
Susan Sontag in: Bruce Robbins Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress, NYU Press, 1 January 1999, p. 2
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