Backpacking your way into crisis: an exploratory study into perceived risk and tourist behaviour amongst young people

Hunter-Jones, P., Jeffs, A. and Smith, D. (2008) Backpacking your way into crisis: an exploratory study into perceived risk and tourist behaviour amongst young people. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 23(2-4), pp. 237-247. (doi:10.1300/J073v23n02_18)

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Abstract

Risk and tourism have become more closely interlinked in recent years. Recognising the complexity of tourist behaviour, research by Cohen (1972) classified tourists according to the degree of novelty or familiarity sought. Whilst the subject of extensive debate, many questions remain including to what extent perceived risk can be used as an indicator of tourist roles. Focusing upon the growing youth tourism market, backpackers in particular, travel patterns and attitudes towards risk were questioned and possible responses to a crisis differentiated through an exploratory qualitative study. The findings challenge both the resilience of the market alongside Cohen's (1972) typology suggesting backpackers exhibit different roles (drifter and explorer) dependent upon the risk in question. Given the exploratory nature of the work, the paper concludes calling for further targeted research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Denis
Authors: Hunter-Jones, P., Jeffs, A., and Smith, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
ISSN:1054-8408
ISSN (Online):1540-7306

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