Title

Tourism and spirituality: A phenomenological analysis

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Pergamon

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business

RAS ID

17471

Comments

This article was originally published as: Willson, G. B., McIntosh, A., & Zahra, A. (2013). Tourism and spirituality: A phenomenological analysis. Annals of Tourism Research, 42, 150-168. Original article available here

Abstract

Using phenomenological analysis, this paper examines the concept of 'spirituality' in the lived travel experience of an individual tourist. The paper contributes a phenomenological snippet of the tourist's 'portrait' (the individual's rich story, much like a portrait painting) to reveal the spiritual meaning Amber reportedly gained from and imbued onto her travel experiences with the tour operator, Hands up Holidays. The paper argues that when discussing the 'spiritual' dimension of tourism, one potential avenue is to seek to understand how people seek meaning and life purpose themselves, their quest for meaning, and experiences of transcendence and connectedness as subjectively lived through their travel. The paper concludes that the phenomenological view may be a useful frame through which to further examine the personal meaning of travel as lived by people, both in religious and non-religious contexts, but contextualised within the wider meaning of their lives.

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