A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies
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A Research Agenda for Tourism Geographies

Edited by Dieter K. Müller

In recent years, tourism geographies have developed into a vibrant field of research at the intersection of geography and tourism studies. The book presents a unique collection of individual research agendas aiming to inspire the pursuit of new avenues of research. Although there have been arguments to apply post-disciplinary perspectives within tourism research, this book highlights the interest and potential of tourism geographers to contribute to a geographical tradition and influence the future content of geography as a discipline.
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Chapter 11: Towards a framework for lifestyle migration

Zainub Ibrahim and Rémy Tremblay

Abstract

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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