Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business/Markets and Services Research Centre

RAS ID

17677

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bui H.T., Wilkins H., Lee Y.-S. (2014). Liminal experience of East Asian backpackers. Tourist Studies, 14(2), 126-143. Original article available here

Abstract

Acknowledging the increasing popularity of independent travel from East Asia, this article explores the backpacking experience of young travellers of the region, from a socio-anthropological angle. Using liminality theory as a guideline and adopting a qualitative investigative approach, 31 interviews with East Asian backpackers were conducted. The findings suggest there are dual facets of the liminal experiences of the backpackers. On one hand, young travellers were motivated to escape from temporal, spatial and social pressures at home. On the other, their narratives reflected a strong commitment to home through a sense of filial piety, an awareness of their identity and positive evaluation of home. These findings advance our understanding of the liminal experiences in an Asian backpacking context.

DOI

10.1177/1468797614532179

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