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"If I was going to die I should be having fun": travel blogs, meaning and tourist experience

Bosangit, Carmela; Hibbert, Sally; McCabe, Scott


Carmela Bosangit

Professor of Consumer Behaviour

Scott McCabe


Travel blogs are an under-utilised resource for researchers of tourism experiences. They can provide rich insights on how tourists express the transformational effects of their experiences for the self. This study of travel blogs by nineteen British bloggers reveals how elements of the narrative relating to self-reflection and emotions are central to the process of transforming their travel experiences into personally meaningful experiences. Bloggers implicitly and explicitly express how travel contributes to self-identity, signalling self-development. The study contributes to knowledge about the lasting impact of long term travel on people, adding meaning symbolic of an evolving self.


Bosangit, C., Hibbert, S., & McCabe, S. (2015). "If I was going to die I should be having fun": travel blogs, meaning and tourist experience. Annals of Tourism Research, 55(1-14), doi:10.1016/j.annals.2015.08.001

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 11, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 5, 2019
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 1-14
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