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Chapter 1 An exploration into Gen Ys attitudes and behaviour towards volunteering whilst backpacking

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635932-4959

ISBN: 9781911635932

Published: Sept 2021

Component type: chapter

Published in: Tourism Dynamics

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635932-4921

Abstract

This study focuses on Generation Ys’ attitudes and behaviour towards engaging in volunteer tourism whilst backpacking. To that end, we first examine Gen Ys’ generational characteristics and the predominant attitudes and behaviours displayed by this generational cohort. Then the focus is shifted to understanding Generation Y as backpackers and their internal and external motivations. These motivations are queried under the prism of volunteer tourism; being seen as factors determining the level of engagement with volunteer tourism and overall backpacking behaviour while travelling. This chapter provides insights into the themes described above by examining the relevant tourism literature. Finally, it summarises the theoretical gaps in the extant literature and sets objectives for future research, whilst signposting authors to key literature sources.

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Jelaca, Azara & Michopoulou, 2021

Jelaca, E., Azara, I. & Michopoulou, E. (2021) "Chapter 1 An exploration into Gen Ys attitudes and behaviour towards volunteering whilst backpacking" In: Pappas, N. & Farmaki, A. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635932-4959

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https://doi.org/10.1080/07053436.2000.10707537

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