Work, leisure, tourism, and recreation are all intrinsically linked with one another. Let’s start with simple definitions, and then we’ll give an illustration. Work is obviously one’s job or career: it is how one makes a living, and by definition it is not restful. Leisure is the opposite or absence of work: it is rest and relaxation. Recreation falls within the umbrella of leisure, and it includes the activities and events we do to enjoy our time. Tourism takes it one step further—it is traveling to a location for entertainment and leisure.
For example, I work at a company, but this past week I took vacation (leaving work for leisure). On vacation, I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a trip to another location known for being a travel destination (tourism). While there, I went to local businesses, went hiking, and rode rides (all forms of recreation). As you can see, they are all connected in various ways.