Planning the summer vacation: an adaptable process

A. Decrop, H.M.J.J. Snelders

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    This paper presents a contextualized study of vacation planning starting from a naturalistic perspective. Series of indepth interviews have been conducted during the period of a year on 25 Belgian households in order to follow their decision-making process for summer vacation. Data were analyzed and interpreted following the grounded theory approach. Findings show that vacation planning is an ongoing process, which entails a lot of adaptability and opportunism. Fantasy and emotions also play an important role in shaping vacation and destination choices. This departs from existing decision-making models that propose a (bounded) rational, problem-solving vacationer. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1008-1030
    JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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