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Social tourism and well-being in later life / Nigel Morgan, Annette Pritchard, Diane Sedgley

Annals of Tourism Research, Volume: 52, Pages: 1 - 15

Swansea University Author: Nigel Morgan

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Social tourism research has tended to concentrate on its benefits for young families and people with disabilities; few studies have explored its wellbeing value for economically disadvantaged older people. Based on participant-driven interviews during a UK social tourism trip, this paper informs und...

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Published in: Annals of Tourism Research
ISSN: 01607383
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa32687
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Abstract: Social tourism research has tended to concentrate on its benefits for young families and people with disabilities; few studies have explored its wellbeing value for economically disadvantaged older people. Based on participant-driven interviews during a UK social tourism trip, this paper informs understandings of social tourism as a set of experiences and illuminates the links between wellbeing and social tourism opportunities for older people. It reveals that social tourism presents older individuals with occasions for escape, respite, companionship, and reminiscence and for renegotiation of self-identity following spousal bereavement, but that these trips can be anxiously anticipated. The study suggests a research agenda is needed which explores the physiological, psychological, social and spiritual impacts of social tourism on older people’s wellbeing.
Keywords: older people; bereavement; health; anxiety; poverty; social inclusion.
Start Page: 1
End Page: 15