Chapter 11: Towards a framework for lifestyle migration
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Quality of life has become an issue that is of interest to a broad range of disciplines including tourism. Tourists are increasingly on the move and in search ofmore than a vacation; they are on a quest in pursuit of a good life. This phenomenon has paved the way for what is referred to as ‘lifestyle migration’. Our understanding of lifestyle migration, however, remains vague owingto the ambiguity of the concepts it encompasses, such as tourism, migration, and quality of life, and the carelessdevelopment of relationships between these terms. We examine this relationship in light of understanding the characteristics of lifestyle migration, and then demonstrate the complexity of defining lifestyle migration by examining the weaknesses in current definitions. Based on our analysis, we suggest that, at this stage, a multidimensional framework is more appropriate for determining cases of lifestyle migration than a descriptive definition.

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