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Assumptions about later life travel and their implications: pushing people around?

Hitchings, RS; Venn, S; Day, RJ; (2018) Assumptions about later life travel and their implications: pushing people around? Ageing and Society , 38 (1) pp. 1-18. 10.1017/S0144686X16000738. Green open access

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Abstract

Taking four assumptions in turn, this review article considers some of the lenses through which researchers might look at later life leisure travel and the implications of adopting each of them. First, we consider the ‘active ageing’ agenda and what this means for how leisure travel may be thought about in academia and beyond. Second, we turn to studies underpinned by worries about the appetite for significant consumption thought to typify the ‘baby boomer’ generation and question whether these studies could inadvertently be promoting the very future they hope to avoid. Third, we explore how research on the benefits of everyday ‘mobility’ in later life may have morphed into a more general belief about the value of travel in older age. Finally, we reflect on how relevant studies of tourism are often underpinned by an argument about the financial rewards that now await those ready to target the older traveller. Our overall contention is that, though for different reasons, all four could be serving to encourage more later life travel. Whilst for some this prospect is not at all troubling, the spectre of adverse energy demand consequences leads us to explore a more critical view.

Type: Article
Title: Assumptions about later life travel and their implications: pushing people around?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X16000738
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000738
Language: English
Additional information: This material has been accepted for publication in a revised form in Ageing and Society. Users may view and download the material for private research and study only.
Keywords: Tourism, mobility, active ageing, baby boomers, energy demand
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496870
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