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An Analysis of Tourism Experience for retired Baby Boomers

Park, Chang Hwan 1 Lee, Hoon 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to understand the nature of retired baby boomers' tourism experience. The study findings are based on an analysis of 29 in-depth interviews. Five clusters were developed: “threats of ontological security,” “changes in participation in tourism activities,” “changes in the way of tourism,” “transformative tourism experience,” and “reproduction of new meaning of life.” The tourism experience of the baby boom generation is closely linked to the unique and specific social context in which it was constructed and to the unique personal and contextual experience. In particular, the existential anxiety felt in the post-retirement social pressure of baby boomers is overcome through the transformative tourism experience and reflective tourism experience. As such, post-retirement tourism experiences form a positive meaning in an individual's life, affecting self-identity. Finally, the theoretical and practical implications of this study result are discussed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.