Outdoor Pursuits and Exploring the Land

Some types of outdoor pursuits do not need an adrenalin rush to be enjoyed. Just the simple pleasure of finding peace in nature, relaxing and enjoying life can be achieved by just visiting the great outdoors. The most basic types of pursuit are those involved with tourism. Visiting a new place, whether it be in urban areas or rural areas involves wondering around a given location exploring places of cultural and historical interest. The major cities of the world attract millions of visitors each year who explore the sites of significant interest. Certain cites will attract people for different reasons and some of these will involve people walking around the area looking at the sights on offer. London is a good example of a city that people are able to take advantage. Within a relatively short area people can comfortably...

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Definitions and the History of Outdoor and Adventure Recreation

Outdoor recreation refers to leisure pursuits in the great outdoors away from the confines and comforts of the urban setting. The activities can take place in mountains, on the coast, on rivers, in the air or simply in the countryside. Outdoor recreation has grown in popularity since the start of the 1960s so is a relatively recent pursuit. This is strange as man as always had a strong relationship with the wilderness. For centuries humans have set off into unknown parts of the world conquering new lands and territories. Yet these forays and pioneering adventures were seen as discovering and claiming new territories. This was not viewed as recreation, as the journeys were often hazardous. In fact, in the eyes of the early pioneers the wilderness was seen as the enemy and it needed conquering. As soon as this attitude...

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