Relational Tourism: Observations on Families and Travel

  • Jay A. Mancini
  • Deepu V. George
  • Bryce L. Jorgensen
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Experiences with travel and tourism can often be described as relational tourism because of the interpersonal and familial context in which these activities occur. There are two very general approaches to understanding relational tourism, one involving a life cycle orientation and the other focused on family interaction and transaction. Five elements of the relational tourism life cycle are described, beginning with formal organization opportunities and ending with over-the-horizon planning. Individual and family experiences are presented within each element. Then three primary ways of viewing family dynamics are presented, including social exchange, symbolic interaction, and family systems perspectives. The combination of these life cycle and family dynamics approaches provide a more informed method for understanding the quality of family life as it relates to relational tourism.


Social Exchange Family System Family Cohesion Family Dynamic Family Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay A. Mancini
    • 1
  • Deepu V. George
    • 2
  • Bryce L. Jorgensen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family DevelopmentUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Family Development, Family and Community Resilience LaboratoryUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human EcologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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