Title

Social interactions among Asian backpackers: Scale development and validation

Authors

Hugh C. Wilkins

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

22906

Comments

Originally published as: Bui, H. T., & Wilkins, H. C. (2016). Social interactions among Asian backpackers: scale development and validation. Current Issues in Tourism, 1-18. Available here.

Abstract

Social interactions are a key aspect of the travel experience for Asian backpackers. Underpinned by the paradigm of symbolic interactionism and drawing on the theories of liminality and social identity, this study investigates the social interactions of Asian backpackers and provides a validated measurement scale. The interactions of travel companions comprise six dimensions including motivation, similarity, connection, similarity avoidance, distinction and recommendation along the travel timeline from pre-travel to on-road and post-travel period. The findings also identify the change, from learner to mentor, in the traveller’s role as the trip progresses.

DOI

10.1080/13683500.2016.1205553

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