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Travel Preparation

When it comes to travel there’s a lot that this tried and true, time honored pastime has to offer. There’s a lot to see and a lot to do in this great big beautiful world of ours, and it’s well worth seeing it for yourself. When we say, “broadening your horizons” in reference to exposing yourself to new things, this is the origin of that saying. After all, you’re literally broadening your horizons by exploring the world, but you’re also metaphorically broadening your horizons by learning about other cultures and witnessing the breath taking beauty of nature. However, before you give into wander lust, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure that your travel experience is the best one possible. Here are a few travel planning tips to help you along.

First and foremost, there’s packing. Where packing is concerned, you’ll want to pack in advance, but since you’ll be using most of the things you’ll pack on a daily basis, it can be prudent to purchase some extras from Amazon to leave in your bag leading up to your trip. That way, you can more smoothly transition from your day to day life into your trip. As for what to pack, you’ll need toiletries, such as a tooth brush and tooth paste, deodorant, etc. You’ll also need some clothing, of course. Taking an outfit per day is advised, but taking a few extra articles of clothing just in case couldn’t hurt. You’ll also need to make sure … Read more

Characteristics of Leisure

In “Motivational Foundations of Leisure” by Seppo E. Iso-Ahola and “Pathways to Meaning-Making Through Leisure-Like Pursuits in Global Contexts” by Yoshitaka Iwasaki, both authors are grappling with distinguishing leisure from other aspects of human life. To this end, they are trying to describe the basic characteristics that identify something as leisure as opposed to something not being leisure. However, the big problem for both of them is the elusive definition of “what is leisure,” since it is difficult to describe its characteristics if it hard to distinguish leisure from what is not leisure. This problem is made even more difficult in modern society, in that there is something of a continuum between leisure and non-leisure, with many activities seeming like a mix of the two.

For example, a part-time entrepreneur who sets up a party-plan business is engaging in an economic activity, but it is also fun for her (usually the entrepreneur is a woman), and she might see organizing sales parties as a side venture to something she considers work. So maybe this business starts out as a leisure activity, but as she makes more and more money, she may spend more and more time putting on parties to build a serious business. Thus, at some point, holding these fun parties may cease to be a leisure activity – but exactly when this occurs can be hard to tell.

This same problem of distinguishing leisure and not-leisure confronts both Iso-Ahola and Iwasaki in trying to discuss the characteristics of

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