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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND SPIRITUALITY   2017 , Volume 2 , Number 1; Page(s) 10 To 23.
 
Paper: 

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING LEADING TO A SEARCH FOR MEANING THROUGH TRAVEL

 
 
Author(s):  WILLSON GREG*
 
* SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND LAW, EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 
Abstract: 

Arguably, all people are spiritual. We will, at different stages, seek meaning and connection, and seek transcendence through self-improvement. Often, this personal quest will begin or resume, or be addressed more fervently after a personal event that leads to an awakening of one’s spirituality. This paper considers how transformative life experiences lead people to engage their spiritual side, and specifically how they may seek to do so through their experience of travel. Through 18 months of in-depth phenomenological data collection, this paper analyses the personal narratives of 11 tourists who experienced volunteer tourism after experiencing life events that facilitated a spiritual awakening. This paper finds that experiences such as the death of a close family member, the facing of mortality, or existential crisis can lead to a motivation to travel, and that travel can be deeply spiritual. It posits the question: In the year 2017, with great global and personal uncertainty, is the desire for spiritual growth through travel becoming more mainstream and urgent.

 
Keyword(s): SPIRITUAL AWAKENING, TRANSFORMATION, MEANING, SEARCH
 
 
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APA: Copy

WILLSON, G. (2017). SPIRITUAL AWAKENING LEADING TO A SEARCH FOR MEANING THROUGH TRAVEL. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND SPIRITUALITY, 2(1), 10-23. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=595075



Vancouver: Copy

WILLSON GREG. SPIRITUAL AWAKENING LEADING TO A SEARCH FOR MEANING THROUGH TRAVEL. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND SPIRITUALITY. 2017 [cited 2021June23];2(1):10-23. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=595075



IEEE: Copy

WILLSON, G., 2017. SPIRITUAL AWAKENING LEADING TO A SEARCH FOR MEANING THROUGH TRAVEL. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND SPIRITUALITY, [online] 2(1), pp.10-23. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=595075.



 
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