• Charlotte Drastrup
4. term, Tourism, Master (Master Programme)
The purpose of this thesis is to analyse why older youth traveller in their mid 20s and early 30s sojourn for a prolonged period of time. The findings from the empirical data suggests that travelling offers the opportunity for youth travellers to explore and develop a sense of self, which helps them to create a sense of meaning in life when going through the transitional phase from youth to early adulthood.
Furthermore the findings indicate that the developing a desire to travel often happens at an early stage in life or when youth travellers are at a crossroad in their lives. The desire to construct a new identity is also highlighted as another reason of why older youth travellers decide to sojourn for a long period of time. Especially if the circumstances back home are based on a desire to escape, such as work responsibilities, 30s crisis, societal pressure, bad influence from peers, boredom or a curiosity of obtaining new experiences.
Furthermore some youth travellers use sojourning as a way to create a sense of meaning in their lives, in particular if they feel alienated from their home environment of if they compare themselves with people of similar age.
LanguageEnglish
Publication date31 Jul 2014
Number of pages76

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