Skip navigation

Beyond ‘A Trip to the Seaside’: Emotional connections, family tourism and psycho-Social wellbeing

Beyond ‘A Trip to the Seaside’: Emotional connections, family tourism and psycho-Social wellbeing

Kelly, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0002-7776-1874 (2019) Beyond ‘A Trip to the Seaside’: Emotional connections, family tourism and psycho-Social wellbeing. Tourism Geographies. ISSN 1461-6688 (Print), 1470-1340 (Online) (Submitted)

[img] PDF (Revised Paper Expected to be Accepted for Publication)
24326 KELLY_Beyond_A_Trip_to_the_Seaside_2020.pdf - Submitted Version
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (448kB) | Request a copy


This paper draws together ideas from wellbeing tourism, ecopsychology and geography, to examine how holidays by the sea enable families to perform and create emotional connections to the coastal environment and with each other. Although an obvious tourism segment, little research has been conducted on how families engage and perform on an emotional level, while on holiday. The sea is presented as an agent for family wellbeing and as a repository for emotional connectedness. A case study of Brighton in the UK assesses family holiday making in a traditional British seaside resort. Primary research findings elicit motivations and emotional impacts around the desire to go on family trips to the sea, the effects on family bonding, wellbeing and the legacy of memory making. Conceptually, the research uses multiple theories; ‘Place identity’ - where a place has symbolic importance as a repository for emotions and relationships that give meaning to human life. From the field of environmental psychology, the concept of environmental connectedness emphasises the emotionally transformative power of nature experiences. The work also shows how emotional connections with the natural environment can be explained through the concept of ‘lived space’, i.e. the relationships between people and setting that are generated in place, and the emotions that thus emerge through participation in or inhabitation of the (coastal) world. (Kearns and Collins, 2012). Furthermore, concepts of existential and inter-personal authenticity inform family tourism relations in a variety of human-landscape interactions, emotions and experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family-tourism, holidays, coast, lived space, existential-authenticity, emotions, wellbeing, sea, feelings
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 17:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
Selected for REF2021: REF 2

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics