”My meltdown on the plane” : Self-reflections in travel blogs from visits to Finland

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dc.contributor Helsingin yliopisto, Humanistinen tiedekunta, Maailman kulttuurien laitos fi
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Department of World Cultures en
dc.contributor Helsingfors universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för världens kulturer sv
dc.contributor.author von Martens, Anton-Oskar
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201806132483
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/236197
dc.description.abstract The objective of this thesis is to expand on existing reseach about tourist experience by uncovering how self-awareness and self-reflection is demonstrated in self-disclosed material – travel blogs. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the research questions are approached using grounded theory allowing for themes to arise during the research process. By applying Vincent Wing Sun Tung and J.R. Brent Richie’s concept of four dimensions of Memorable Experiences - affect, expectations, consequentiality and recollection - to a different type of data, the study explores how applicable the concept is to this material, and what similarities, differences and new dimensions can be uncovered. Drawing on quantitative data from 23 blogs, the study shows that the typical travel blogger is a 20-35 year old woman who is travelling alone. Quantitative data about the occurrence of the four dimensions across the blogs shows that consequentiality is the most often appearing dimension, whereas recollection is the least seen dimension. One of the subgroups of consequentiality. enhancing social relationships, is also clearly missing in most of the blogs. In-depth analysis of the blog texts reveals limitations to the applicability of Tung and Ritchie’s definitions. Suggestions are made on how these could be modified to better take into account the real experiences as seen in blogs. Closer inspection of the dimensions also shows how interconnected, or overlapping, they are, as aspects of many dimensions can be seen in one sentence or paragrah. As this study brings forward individual experiences, the diversity and examples of the many factor affecting those experiences is uncovered. What is also seen is a great difference in how people describe their experiences, and the extent to which self-reflection can be identified. Whereas some authors focus more on facts, others reflect on personal and even intimate experiences. The temporal and spatial aspect of travel-blogging, and its implications for research are also considered, as differences in frequency and style of writing are uncovered. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Helsingin yliopisto fi
dc.publisher University of Helsinki en
dc.publisher Helsingfors universitet sv
dc.subject Memorable Experience en
dc.subject tourist experience en
dc.subject self-reflection en
dc.subject travel blogs en
dc.subject self awareness en
dc.title ”My meltdown on the plane” : Self-reflections in travel blogs from visits to Finland en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
dc.type.ontasot master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dc.subject.discipline alue- ja kulttuurintutkimus fi
dc.subject.discipline Area and Cultural Studies en
dc.subject.discipline Region- och kulturstudier sv
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201806132483

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