How Does a Travel Trip Affect Tourists' Life Satisfaction?

M. Joseph Sirgy, P. Stephanes Kruger, Dong Jin Lee, Grace B. Yu

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Abstract

The goal of the research reported in this article was to develop a model describing how positive and negative affect associated with specific experiences of a travel trip influence tourists' overall sense of well-being (life satisfaction). The model is based on the theoretical notion that a travel trip influences life satisfaction through tourists' experiences of positive and negative affect associated with a recent tourist trip couched within various life domains (e.g., social life, leisure life, family life, cultural life, health and safety, love life, work life, and financial life). We conducted two studies. The first study was qualitative, designed to identify specific sources of positive and negative affect generated by the most recent tourist trip experiences in the context of various life domains. The second study involved a survey of tourists (N = 264) to test the model in a formal manner. The data provided support for the overall model; the data also helped identify specific sources of positive and negative affect that play a significant role in tourists' overall sense of well-being. Specific managerial recommendations are made for tourist operators based on the study findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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