Assumptions about later life travel and their implications: pushing people around?

Russell Hitchings, Susan Venn, Rosie Day

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Taking four assumptions in turn, this review article considers some of the lenses through which researchers might look at later life leisure travel and the implications of adopting each of them. First, we consider the ‘active ageing’ agenda and what this means for how leisure travel may be thought about in academia and beyond. Second, we turn to studies underpinned by worries about the appetite for significant consumption thought to typify the ‘baby boomer’ generation and question whether these studies could inadvertently be promoting the very future they hope to avoid. Third, we explore how research on the benefits of everyday ‘mobility’ in later life may have morphed into a more general belief about the value of travel in older age. Finally, we reflect on how relevant studies of tourism are often underpinned by an argument about the financial rewards that now await those ready to target the older traveller. Our overall contention is that, though for different reasons, all four could be serving to encourage more later life travel. Whilst for some this prospect is not at all troubling, the spectre of adverse energy demand consequences leads us to explore a more critical view.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAgeing and Society
Early online date11 Aug 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2016


  • Tourism
  • mobility
  • active ageing
  • baby boomers
  • energy demand


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  • Demanding distances in later life leisure travel

    Fox, E., Hitchings, R., Day, R. & Venn, S., Jun 2017, In: Geoforum. 82, p. 102-111 10 p.

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