Some people say that
it is very important for everybody to have a hobby. Others do nothing but watch
TV or listen to music in their free time.
Our lives would be hard without rest and
recreation. People have quite different ideas of how to spend their free time.
For some of them the only way to relax is watching TV or drinking beer. But
other people use their spare time getting maximum benefit from it.
I strongly feel that hobbies make our
lives much more interesting. There are different kinds of hobbies such as
reading, cooking, knitting, collecting, playing a musical instrument, painting,
photography, dancing, travelling, sports and many others. So you can always
find an exciting activity which you will certainly like. Personally, I am fond
of camping. To my mind, it is a great opportunity to get away from town life.
What is more, camping is a cheap way to rest, to improve your health, to train
yourself physically and to enjoy nature.
Nevertheless, quite a lot of people have
no hobby. Most of them say that they are too busy or too tired to do anything
in their free time. But I am sure that such people are lazy and passive and
their lives are dull and uneventful.
In general, having a hobby is very
important for everybody because it is a kind of self-expression and the way to
understand other people and the whole world. A hobby makes you stronger physically
and mentally, helps you escape from reality, improve your knowledge, broaden
your mind, develop your skills and gain a better understanding of how the world
Many teenagers enjoy
playing computer games. Some people, however, believe that teenagers should
spend their free time doing more physical activities.
Computer games are extremely popular
nowadays. A lot of teenagers play computer games in order to escape dull
reality and to fight with horrible monsters or to save the world from hostile
Personally, I am fond of playing
computer games. They give me an opportunity to plunge into exciting adventures:
to overcome obstacles, to fly an aircraft or to pilot a spacecraft, to solve
different puzzles, to look after a virtual pet, to build cities, to play sport
games and even to control the lives of people. Computer games are constantly
becoming more life-like and complex. New styles and genres appear. That's why I
can't resist the temptation to buy new computer games every month.
But according to experts, computer games
can be rather dangerous and they can harm teenagers' health. They say that
computer games make young people unsociable and passive. They are absorbed in
games without speaking to each other for a long time. A lot of teenagers can
play for hours without eating, sleeping or learning. They sit in front of the
computer screen exercising their fingers instead of doing physical activities.
That's why the levels of obesity among teenagers are rising. Besides, computer
games cause addiction.
To conclude, computer games have both
advantages and disadvantages. Violent computer games make teenagers aggressive.
But educational games help teenagers develop many skills. Anyway, it is
necessary not to forget about sports as it helps teenagers to be healthy and to
stay in good shape.
Some people prefer
eating out. However, many people still like cooking meals at home.
Different people have different tastes.
Some of them prefer eating out, while others enjoy tasty food at home. In the
past people went to cafes and restaurants only on special occasions. But they
are eating out more frequently now.
Personally, I enjoy eating out. Firstly,
the choice of restaurants is great nowadays. You can try different foreign
cuisines and you can always find something to your taste. There are Italian,
Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Turkish and many other restaurants in every
city. Besides, you can go to bars, cafes or pubs. Secondly, many people work
too much and have no time to cook meals at home. Thirdly, they go to bars,
cafes or restaurants to meet with their friends or to celebrate a holiday.
Finally, at a restaurant you will be able to relax and enjoy tasty food, good
service and the atmosphere of festivity.
However, a lot of people prefer eating
at home. Some of them say that it is too expensive to go to a restaurant.
Others just enjoy cooking meals. What is more, some people are sure that home
meals are tastier and more nutritious than food which is served at a restaurant
or a cafe.
To sum up, eating at home is cheaper and
more traditional. But if you want to relax and to feel a holiday atmosphere,
you will certainly eat out.
Ecotourism is one of
the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry today. Some people think that
it teaches tourists to take care of nature and wildlife. Others say that
ecotourism has a number of disadvantages.
Environmental pollution has disastrous
effects on nature and wildlife. That is why nowadays many people try to damage
the environment as little as possible. Ecotourism means travelling to natural
destinations with rare flora and fauna. Its main goal is to conserve the
environment and to improve the well-being of local people.
In my opinion, ecotourism gives us an
opportunity to broaden our mind, to discover new ways of life, to meet
interesting people and to improve our knowledge of history and geography. It
provides funds for conservation and jobs to local people because tourists use
local transportation, inns and markets. Besides, ecotourism helps people
understand the environment around them, makes them respect different cultures
and be careful with nature.
However, ecotourism has some negative
aspects. The increasing number of tourists can damage the local environment.
Some tourists pollute drinking water, pick up rare flowers and disturb wild
animals. They often purchase souvenirs made from the skin of endangered animals
or leaves of rare plants and scare away animals.
In conclusion, I think that ecotourism
is for environment-conscious people who love nature, understand the negative
influence of conventional tourism on the environment and want to minimize it. I
strongly feel that it is an unforgettable experience which is rewarding at the
Some people are ready
to risk their lives in order to establish a record, while others say that it is
Every year hundreds of people do rather
dangerous and silly things in order to set up a record and to become famous.
They swallow bugs, climb skyscrapers, cross the ocean on a windsurfing board
and what not. Are these people heroes or fools?
To my mind, all these activities are
just a waste of time, efforts and money. If people want to escape everyday
monotony and to get their portion of adrenaline, I think they would better do
something useful. What is more, record breakers are often inexperienced and
sometimes they get into trouble when they climb Everest, sail across the
Atlantic or do something of this kind. Thus, adventurers risk both their lives
and the lives of the people who try to save them. Helicopter and ship crews are
often wounded or killed when they try to reach people who lost their way in the
forest, were stuck in the mountain or crashed into the sea. Such rescue
missions are not only difficult and time-consuming. They also cost much money.
But in spite of numerous warnings,
people continue doing silly and dangerous things. Most of them think that they
are extremely brave, strong and hardy. They want other people to admire them
and to follow their example. But I?d rather call these adventures foolhardy. To
my mind, if they want to get the adrenalin going, they should try such
professions as rescuers, pilots or firemen.
To sum up, the adventurer should think
twice before he makes up his mind to risk his life and health. It is always
useful to think about all possible consequences of your actions.