Grey nomads on tour: A revolution in travel and tourism for older adults

Patterson. Ian, Pegg, Shane and Litster, Jillian (2011) Grey nomads on tour: A revolution in travel and tourism for older adults. Tourism Analysis, 16 3: 283-294. doi:10.3727/108354211X13110944387086


Author Patterson. Ian
Pegg, Shane
Litster, Jillian
Title Grey nomads on tour: A revolution in travel and tourism for older adults
Journal name Tourism Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1083-5423
1943-3999
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3727/108354211X13110944387086
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 283
End page 294
Total pages 12
Place of publication Putnam Valley, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Cognizant Communication
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The “grey nomad” phenomenon is a growth market in Australia. Grey nomads are one type of grey tourist, and are generally referred to as people who are aged 55 years and over, who independently travel around Australia by caravan or campervan for an extended period of time. This study used an ethnographic methodology to collect qualitative data from four couples who undertook an extended, multidestination holiday through the Northern Territory and the State of Western Australia. Narratives were used to illustrate a variety of themes that emerged about the everyday experiences of grey nomads on tour. Travel diaries, and a questionnaire that was completed at the end of the trip, were used as a means of investigating the nomad’s engagement with friends and family while “on the road.” This article argues that being “far away” physically did not necessarily mean that they were disengaged and isolated for their family and friends. Rather, the study results suggest that these ties were important connections that were maintained throughout their travels.
Keyword Grey nomads
Travel
Ethnography
Social connections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Authors prepress title: "Grey nomads on tour: A revolution in travel and tourism for older people".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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Created: Wed, 26 Oct 2011, 14:01:36 EST by Associate Professor Ian Patterson on behalf of School of Tourism