Travelling with a purpose: an ethnographic study of the eudemonic experiences of volunteer expedition participants.

Curtin, S. C. and Brown, L., 2019. Travelling with a purpose: an ethnographic study of the eudemonic experiences of volunteer expedition participants. Tourist Studies. (In Press)

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Abstract

Purposeful travel is apparent in new modes of tourism and particularly in volunteer holidays where tourists are searching for meaningful experiences that provide a sense of physical, emotional or spiritual fulfilment. Based on a qualitative study using participant observation, this paper adopted the concept of eudemonia to explore the experiences of participants on an elephant conservation expedition to Bardia National Park, Nepal. Volunteer travel is used to connect with and understand the wider world. Rather than an escape, these journeys allowed participants to experience first-hand the hardships and realities of people in other countries; creating greater perspective and making them ‘better people’ on their return. Feeling virtuous can only be mobilised, however, if participants felt themselves to be useful rather than a passive or ill-equipped bystander. Findings also revealed how the return home is not always easy; that the process of re-entry can be isolating.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1468-7976
Uncontrolled Keywords:Volunteer tourism; self-development; eudemonia; ethnography.
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31256
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:19 Sep 2018 14:14
Last Modified:19 Sep 2018 14:14

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