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"If I was going to die I should at least be having fun": Travel blogs, meaning and tourist experience

Bosangit, Carmela, Hibbert, Sally and McCabe, Scott 2015. "If I was going to die I should at least be having fun": Travel blogs, meaning and tourist experience. Annals of Tourism Research 55 , pp. 1-14. 10.1016/j.annals.2015.08.001

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Abstract

Travel blogs are an under-utilised resource for researchers of tourism experiences. They can provide rich insights on how tourists express the transformational effects of their experiences for the self. This study of travel blogs by nineteen British bloggers reveals how elements of the narrative relating to self-reflection and emotions are central to the process of transforming their travel experiences into personally meaningful experiences. Bloggers implicitly and explicitly express how travel contributes to self-identity, signalling self-development. The study contributes to knowledge about the lasting impact of long term travel on people, adding meaning symbolic of an evolving self.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Backpacker travel; Tourist experience; Travel narratives; Travel blogs
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0160-7383
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2015
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 09:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/97214

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