Tourist Behaviour
Show Less

Tourist Behaviour

The Essential Companion

Edited by Philip L. Pearce

Comprehensive and accessible, this Companion offers a thorough investigation into both traditional and fresh topics in tourist behaviour and experience. Arranged chronologically, the chapters examine tourist experience from the very idea of a tourist visit to the aftermath of returning home.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 18: Well-being

Abbas Alizadeh and Sebastian Filep

Abstract

Tourism is often considered a vehicle for experiencing greater well-being away from usual domiciles. This chapter reviews the contemporary literature on tourist experiences and short- and long-term human well-being. Well-being in the context of tourism includes both hedonic aspects (seeking pleasure away from usual domiciles) and its eudaimonic aspects (seeking to realise one’s true self through tourism). It is shown through examples how the tourist experience has the potential to enhance both types of well-being. Models of tourist well-being are considered in the chapter. These models include the bottom-up spillover model, which conceptualises the relationship between tourist experience and one’s overall satisfaction with life, and the PERMA model that identifies underlying dimensions of tourist well-being: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement. The chapter also explains how well-being can be restored and enhanced in tourism settings and contexts. The role of socialisation in tourist experiences is highlighted, as well as the power of savouring in tourism contexts. Self-development tourist activities that can enhance tourist’s eudaimonic well-being are also identified and analysed. The chapter concludes by suggesting potential future research avenues. The lack of studies into the nature, intensity and durability of eudaimonic tourist experiences is highlighted as a key research gap on the topic of tourism and well-being.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.