The benefits of short stay caravan travel based on the lived experiences of grey caravanners in Australia

Patterson, Ian, Pegg, Shane and Mahadevan, Renuka (2015) The benefits of short stay caravan travel based on the lived experiences of grey caravanners in Australia. Tourism Analysis, 20 5: 539-549. doi:10.3727/108354215X14411980111497

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Author Patterson, Ian
Pegg, Shane
Mahadevan, Renuka
Title The benefits of short stay caravan travel based on the lived experiences of grey caravanners in Australia
Journal name Tourism Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1083-5423
1943-3999
Publication date 2015-11-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3727/108354215X14411980111497
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 20
Issue 5
Start page 539
End page 549
Total pages 11
Place of publication Putnam Valley, NY United States
Publisher Cognizant Communication Corporation
Language eng
Abstract Recently there has been an abundance of research on “grey nomad” travel in Australia and this subset of drive tourism is regarded as an expanding travel market segment. Grey nomads are older people, 55 years and older, who travel independently for extended periods of time. However, little attention has been given to short-stay travel by older adults who are members of a caravan club. Such membership involves attendance at monthly rallies over a weekend at a selected destination that is usually approximately 200 km from the club's base location. A total of 30 interviews were conducted to explore the benefits of short-stay caravanning to older people's lives. A number of motivations emerged from the interviews, such as friendship with like-minded travelers; discovering new places; and experiencing feelings of enjoyment. Overall, short-stay travel was strongly linked to the importance of making new friends and being part of a social group, as well as the enjoyment received from discovering new and exciting places to visit.
Keyword Australia
Grey caravanners
Motivations
Older travelers
Rural
Short-stay caravan travel
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