25 Most Popular Recreational Activities For First Time Participants

Most health enthusiasts agree, living an active lifestyle is crucial to a healthy life. The problem with most people however is that first, crucial step into an activity that promotes a non sedentary lifestyle. Some activities may require some knowledge and skills that may not be easy for most to acquire. So what’s a person to do? The answer is to face it head on but to help you out, I’ve compiled a list of activities most popular among first time users. Based on research by the Outdoor foundation, these are 25 most popular recreational activities For First Time Participants.

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As the title indicates, salt water fishing takes place out at sea giving fishermen the opportunity to catch large and exotic fishes such as the Marlin. The big draw back to this activity is that you have to have access to a boat (either own, know someone who does, or rent), and own special fishing gear that can handle large catches.


With about 10,000 species of birds and only a handful of people who can claim having seen over 7000 of them, bird watching is become a popular recreation activity. It’s believed that bird watching is an expression of the male hunting instinct while others links it with the male tendency for “systemizing”. Either way, bird watching is a great, safe way to enjoy nature.


Also known as downhill skiing, Alpine skiing began as a club sport in 1861 at Kiandra in Australia. Today, most alpine skiing occurs at ski resorts with ski lifts that transport skiers up the mountain.


An American born sport that is getting world wide attention, snowboarding was developed in the 1960’s and became part of the Olympics in 1998. Like any other extreme sport, snowboarding does present risks of injury (especially for new participants), in fact, you are twice as likely to get injured while snowboarding than Alpine skiing.


Not to be confused with backpacking for traveling purposes, overnight backpacking describes a multi-day hike that involves camping. Aside from the health benefits, backpacking allows adventurers to enjoy remote places that are usually un-accessible by any other means.

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  • ‘The Last Dance’ Episode 3: Dennis Rodman’s time with Michael Jordan’s Bulls

    Michael Jordan was the quintessential franchise player. Scottie Pippen was the prototypical sidekick. Rodman was the wild card of all wild cards, dating the likes of Madonna and Carmen Electra while dyeing his hair and accessorizing with countless tattoos and nose rings.

    His antics were impossible to ignore, but Rodman was content to operate in the shadows on the court. He welcomed tough defensive assignments, mastered rebounding angles, played with boundless energy and never worried about his own scoring. He was already well into his 30s by the time he arrived in Chicago, but he still laid out horizontally chasing loose balls and hounded opponents on defense.

    His excellence shouldn’t be overlooked or undersold. A seven-time rebounding champion and one of the premier defenders of his era, “The Worm” earned five championship rings during his Hall of Fame career.

    “I created this monster,” Rodman said in a recent video interview, referring to his wild persona. “Nobody could say anything bad about me as a teammate. If you take me away from this [Bulls] team, do they still win a championship? I don’t think so.”

    Like Pippen, Rodman overcame serious poverty to make his mark at a small-time college not known for producing NBA talent. “The Last Dance” unearthed remarkable footage of a hyperactive Rodman flying around the court at Southeastern Oklahoma State, but his delayed basketball journey saw him last until the second round of the 1986 draft. He didn’t make his NBA debut until he was 25.

    “I lived in the street for two years,” he said in an interview. “I could have been a drug dealer. I could have been dead. I don’t know why I never did that drug stuff, but I never did. I’d just sit there and watch them do it.”

    Rodman emerged as a key role player for the Detroit Pistons in the late 1980s. Isiah Thomas said Rodman arrived to the “Bad Boys” as an “innocent, beautiful” person who was “a little naive about the world,” but his tenacity made him a natural fit. Coach Chuck Daly compared Rodman’s spirit to a “mustang,” while Rodman said his aggravating style of play was akin to “that rash you can’t get rid of.”

    As Rodman acclimated to Detroit, Jordan and Pippen were climbing the standings in Chicago. Unleashed by Doug Collins, then an energetic young coach, Jordan established himself as the NBA’s signature player, winning the MVP award, Defensive Player of the Year honors and the Slam Dunk Contest.

    During the 1989 playoffs, Jordan hit “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers. For Jordan, who celebrated his series clincher by jumping and wildly pumping his fist, it was a turning point.

    “We finally got over the hump of a loser’s mentality,” Jordan said, gleefully recalling his reaction at the time. “Get the f— out of here. Whoever’s not with us, all you f—ers go to hell.”

    Chicago and Detroit were on a collision course. Rodman, with his length, physicality and peskiness, was

    The Ins and Outs of Vacation Time & Vacation Pay

    Vacation pay regulations in Canada are not as straight forward as many Canadians might think. Each province has different rules and regulations with regard to the amount of vacation pay and time each person can take.

    This article was updated on October 14, 2016. 

    We dug through the government jargon and have prepared a guide to help provide Canadians with what they really want to know about vacation pay.

    You can also find out more about the vacation pay/time regulations for each province in greater detail by visiting their websites:

    British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario | Quebec | New Brunswick | Nova Scotia | Prince Edward Island | Newfoundland & Labrador | Yukon | Northwest Territories | Nunavut |


    This guide is based on employers who are governed by provincial employment laws and not federal, this accounts for roughly 95 per cent of all employers in Canada.


    How much vacation pay and time am I entitled to?


    Starting off with the basics, every province in Canada entitles an employee to vacation time after working for 12 consecutive months of employment. The amount of time off an employer must grant their employees is two weeks in every province apart from Saskatchewan (which offers 3 weeks) and Quebec (which offers one day per month).

    “The amount of vacation an employee is entitled to is governed by the firm’s own policy, with a minimum amount prescribed under the employment standards legislation in each province,” said Howard Levitt, Counsel to the national law firm Lang Michener. “In Ontario, it is 2 weeks per year, no matter how long the person is employed, unless the company, in its generosity, decides to have a policy to provide more.”

    In terms of vacation pay, many provinces calculate vacation pay from the first day an employee is working to the day they leave the company. Employers calculate 4% (except in Saskatchewan where it is 6%) of each pay cheque towards vacation pay, unless they wish to give the employees more.

    Some provinces increase the minimum amount of vacation pay an employer is required to give after a certain period. The table below shows the differences between provinces.


    PROVINCES and TERRITORIES Vacation Pay starts being accumulated: Extension of Vacation Time Extension of Vacation Pay Increase in Vacation Pay % of gross earnings
    British Columbia After 5th day After 5 years* 3 weeks To 6 %
    Alberta First day After 5th year 3 weeks To 6 %
    Saskatchewan First day After 10th year 4 weeks To 8 %
    Manitoba First day After 5th year 3 weeks To 6 %
    Ontario First day After 5th year 3 weeks To 6 %
    Quebec First day After 5th Year 3 weeks To 6 %
    Newfoundland and Labrador After 5th

    53 Most Inspiring Vacation Quotes of All Time

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    These vacation quotes should help you to realize how important it is to take vacations.  Whether they’re short or long, you need to get out for some mental health days:

    1) No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

    2) A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. -Morris Fishbein

    3) A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance. -Unknown

    4) A period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need. -Unknown

    5) A vacation is a sunburn at premium prices. -Hal Chadwicke

    6) A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. -Robert Orben

    7) A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia. -Unknown

    8. A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work. -Morris Fishbein (1889-1976)

    9) A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. -Earl Wilson

    10) A vacation should be just long enough that your boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you. -unknown

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    11) A wise man travels to discover himself. -James Russell Lowell

    BTW, if you want other inspirational quotes, try this page.

    12) Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. -William James (1842-1910)

    13) Holiday: A period of activity so intense that it can only be undertaken three or four weeks in the year. -Miles Kington

    14) Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony — this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for. -Jean Baudrillard

    15) I can’t think of anything that excites a great sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. -Bill Bryson

    16) I don’t mind doing the bracing British beach bit, anoraks and gumboots and soggy fish fingers in the Sun-‘n’-Sands Café, so long as no one suggests I am supposed to enjoy it. -Katherine Whitehorn

    17) I have never believed that vacations are luxuries. They are our necessities–just like shelter, clothes, and food, they make us feel like humans and not like animals that care only for survival. -Alexander Babinets

    18) If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work; but when they seldom

    The Unexpected Challenge of Unlimited Vacation Time

     What job perk could possibly be better than unlimited paid vacation days?

    Just picture the perfect work/life balance, the quality time you’d spend with family and friends (or maybe just a good book on the beach).

    When I first began to catch sight of job openings with this distinctive perk, it seemed nearly too good to be true!

    Now that I’ve been the lucky recipient of such a policy at Buffer, it’s fascinating to see things from the other side, too. At our startup, we’ve found that unlimited vacation time isn’t always as simple as it might seem—at least, not without a few important tweaks.

    As a result, this year we’ve made major changes to our vacation policy–in effect, we now pay each teammate at least $1,000 to take a vacation every year.

    If you’re interested in making sure your team has the time and space away from work that they need to return fresh and full of ideas, here are some tips and methods we’ve uncovered.

    Unlimited vacation: A tech perk going mainstream

    Although less than 1% of employers offer unlimited paid vacation time, that doesn’t always feel like the case in the perk-heavy atmosphere of Silicon Valley startups.

    Netflix, Hubspot and Evernote all tout the policy, which has even crossed over into the mainstream through companies like Virgin America and Best Buy.

    There are definitely some cool pros to the policy, like being trusted by your bosses and having the freedom to do whatever you want with your time through a policy that’s fair and level across the board.

    The problem with unlimited

    But how do these policies do at their goal—actually getting employees to take time off? Turns out, not always so great.

    In one company’s case study, people actually ended up taking far less time off. Both the Los Angeles Times and Kickstarter actually ended up rescinding their unlimited vacation time policies following similar challenges.

    What turns this incredible perk into a bit of a landmine? A few elements:

    • A bias against vacation time: Americans are vacation-averse to begin with. 56% haven’t taken a vacation in a year, the average American employee only takes half of their days off, and 61% report working during vacations.
    • Decision fatigue: Because an unlimited vacation policy isn’t explicit about how many days off someone should take, we’re all mentally weighing each day and how it makes us look to others. That takes a lot of mental energy—so much so that we might end up choosing nothing.
    • “Superjobs” keep us motivated to work: We often talk about how work is pretty fun at Buffer. We have the privilege of what Bloomberg writer Megan McArdle calls “superjobs”: “The people who do these jobs have a very high level of commitment to their work, partly because the people who do them tend to be hard-working, and partly because being a successful professional is such a deep part of their personal identity and ethos.” That can make

    25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation & Paid Time Off

    With the holidays coming up, you may already be thinking about vacation time. Maybe you’re wishing you hadn’t taken all your paid time off over the summer, or, like most Americans, you don’t even take most of the vacation days you get. A Glassdoor survey shows the average American employee only takes half of their vacation time, and when employees do take paid time off, 61% admit working.

    If you’d like a better vacation policy, Glassdoor is here to help by identifying the 25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation & Paid Time Off*, entirely based on benefits reviews shared by their own employees. Check out the full list:

    1. Amgen Inc.
    Vacation & Paid Time Off Rating: 4.7
    Company Rating: 3.6


    What: Amgen is a biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

    Why: Employees say: You can start with three weeks vacation plus two shut downs over the Fourth of July and Christmas which provide great opportunities to spend time with family. Amgen employees say that “to start with 5 weeks is pretty amazing” and while this may be average by European standards, Amgen’s vacation & paid time off benefits are quite competitive by large U.S. company standards. Maybe the fact that employees say the benefits are “too good to be true” is why Amgen clocks in at number one.

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    2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Vacation & Paid Time Off Rating: 4.6
    Company Rating: 4.2

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    What: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, based in New York, NY.

    Why: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s employees call out that there is lots of vacation time — they don’t pressure you to not take it. In some roles, the company’s employees can receive up to 20 vacation days, plus float holiday days, sick days and personal days and employees like that “nobody asks questions or makes you feel guilty for taking the time either which is a breath of fresh air.”

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    3. IKEA
    Vacation & Paid Time Off Rating: 4.5
    Company Rating: 3.9


    What: IKEA, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and with stores across the U.S., is a major retailer known for its inexpensive Scandinavian-style furniture.

    Why: IKEA’s employees say: Starting from day one, full or part time employees can accrue PTO and vacation can be taken in one-hour increments. For example, if you only work 32 hours a week, you could use 32 hours of vacation to take a week off (instead of 40). Employees report they can get three weeks per year at start of employment, five weeks per year after five years of employment, and seven weeks per year after 10 years of employment. Maybe that’s why employees say: “Can’t beat it!”

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    4. Google
    Vacation & Paid Time Off Rating: 4.5
    Company Rating: 4.4


    What: The world’s largest search engine, based in Mountain View, CA, offers Internet

    Time Off and Vacation Usage

    Vacation is essential for strong bonds, a productive workforce and a fulfilled life. But each year, more than half of Americans leave vacation time on the table, accumulating to 768 million days in 2018. Explore this toolkit of data and resources examining America’s vacation behaviors, trends and attitudes to incorporate into your own messaging and marketing channels.

    :spiral_calendar_pad: Save the date for National #PlanForVacation Day: January 26, 2021. Thousands of organizations and travel influencers will join together for this annual event to encourage Americans to take their time off—and use those days to travel.

    The growth of domestic travel is central to U.S. Travel’s overall mission. We support policies to improve travel infrastructure and national parks, among others, and foster programs and research that encourage increased domestic travel.

    In the fall of 2018, U.S. Travel folded its domestic leisure-focused Project: Time Off initiative into an expanded public affairs portfolio, enhancing the association’s advocacy and research on domestic travel. Analysis that informs and advances this area of focus—including tracking America’s vacation usage and its benefits to travelers—is included in U.S. Travel’s research and messaging platforms for our members’ use and in support of activations such as National Plan for Vacation Day.

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