Antecedents of tourists’ solo travel intentions

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to empirically investigate the antecedents of tourists’ intentions to continue solo traveling. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), an extended model on solo travel intentions is developed that incorporates variables related to past solo travel experiences, namely, tourist satisfaction, pleasure and self-development. An online survey was applied to 187 solo tourists from different countries. Hypotheses were tested with structural equation modeling. Findings: All the variables, except for subjective norms, are significant predictors of tourists’ intentions to continue solo traveling. Results confirm a good explanatory power of the extended TPB model. Research limitations/implications: Caution must be exercised with the results as tourists’ actual solo travel behavior may differ from their intentions. Future research may investigate tourists’ actual behavior by using longitudinal methods and include additional demographic variables as antecedents. Originality/value: This study empirically investigated the antecedents of tourists’ intentions to continue solo traveling – an under-researched topic. Previous research is mostly exploratory and largely focuses on female solo travelers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-795
Number of pages16
JournalTourism Review
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 May 2022

Keywords

  • Palabras claves Viaje en solitario
  • Pleasure
  • Self-development
  • Solo travel
  • Teoría del comportamiento planificado
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Tourist satisfaction
  • autodesarrollo del turista
  • placer del turista
  • satisfacción del turista

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