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Links between solo tourism perceptions and desires for social interaction and solitude.

Leith, Craig

Authors

Craig Leith



Contributors

José José Martí-Parreño
Editor

Roberto Gómez-Calvet
Editor

Javier Muñoz de Prat
Editor

Abstract

There is a continuing growth of solo tourism as a significant sector within the tourism industry. This growth reflects a general growth of solo lifestyle choices in areas such as housing, work, relationships and leisure pursuits. While reasons for the growth of solitary lifestyles are varied, one factor that has risen to prominence is the degree of choice available to individuals; the greater the level of choice, the more positive the perception of solitary experiences. Previous research has suggested studying solitude by placing individuals along two dimensions; one measuring desire for social interaction and the other measuring desire for solitude. This paper asked one hundred and three participants to subjectively self-select their perceived placement on both these dimensions. Despite the growth of solo tourism, there are relatively few papers exploring this perspective of solo tourism, with research more likely to report issues like gender, safety, and risk in the solo tourism industry. This exploratory research therefore aimed to identify links between individuals’ perceptions of solo tourism and their desires for social interaction and solitude. Results allowed for an initial typology to be proposed according to the desire for solitude/desire for social interaction dimensions. The research also indicated potential links between individual’s placement within this typology and their general perceptions of solo tourism and tourists. Further research will aim to test these exploratory findings through study of individuals who have personal experience of solo tourism. It is hoped outcomes will widen the current relatively narrow range of solo tourism research.

Citation

LEITH, C. 2020. Links between solo tourism perceptions and desires for social interaction and solitude. In Martí-Parreño, J., Gómez-Calvet, R. and Muñoz de Prat, J. (eds.) ICTR 2020: proceedings of the 3rd International conference on tourism research 2020, 27-28 March 2020, Valencia, Spain. Reading: ACPI [online]. Available from: http://academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_7115822

Conference Name 3rd International conference on tourism research 2020 (ICTR 2020)
Start Date Mar 27, 2020
End Date Mar 28, 2020
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2020
Publication Date Jul 31, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2020
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International
Series ISSN 2049-9870
Book Title ICTR 2020: proceedings of the 3rd International conference on tourism research 2020, 27-28 March 2020, Valencia, Spain.
ISBN 9781912764549
Keywords Solo tourism (perceptions of); Solitude; Social interaction; Typology
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/870336
Publisher URL http://academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_7115822

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