Birgit Phillips explores the concept of transformative travel as it pertains to long-term independent travelers and offers a broad philosophical understanding of the complex socio-cultural processes involved in identity negotiation. She examines both the elements that contribute to the transformation of values and identities and the mechanisms by which this transformation occurs. By deploying a pluralistic, reflexive, interpretive research approach, Phillips foregrounds the personal experiences of the individual study participants and the meanings they attach to their travel experiences. In addition, since the study spanned over 14 years, the author is able to provide a wide-ranging picture of the complete travel experience, from initial motivations to post-travel reintegration as well as the long-term effects on traveler values and identities.
• Identity, Self and Transformation
• The Evolution of Long-term Independent Travel
• Transformative Travel
• Reaching the Tipping Point
• Experiences on the Road
• Post-Travel Experiences and Learning Outcomes
• Final Learning Outcomes
Researchers and practitioners in the fields of education, travel and tourism
Dr. Birgit Phillips is employed as a senior lecturer and researcher at the Karl-Franzens University Institute of Education and the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in Austria. She also works as a freelance adult educator, both nationally and internationally.