1st Edition

Solo Travel, Tourism and Loneliness A Critical Sociology

    140 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely and topical book presents a unique critical exploration of the sociology of single travel and theory of consumption in relation to loneliness and tourism.

    Logically structured and interdisciplinary in scope, this book introduces disrupting questions around the convergence of the post-modern self in relation to solo travel post-pandemic, with chapters exploring topics such as romantic loneliness, the benefits and drawbacks of single travel in a globalized world, the influence of technology on solo travel and the impact of sex tourism. International case studies and examples are given throughout and the book is richly illustrated and data-led. The volume looks to the future, exploring relevant trends and the development of new products and services in the next few years.

    This volume is a pivotal resource for students, scholars and academics with an interest in tourism and mobility studies, international relations, development economics, crisis management, sociology and public policy. The book may also be of professional interest to practitioners and policymakers dedicated to tourism sociology and sociology of tourism consumption.

    1. Single Travel and Romantic Loneliness within the Sociology of Tourism

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Sociology of tourism

                1.2.1 A short companion

                1.2.2 Tourism sociology today

                1.2.3 The future of tourism sociology

    1.3 Solo tourism in 21st century

    1.4 Conclusion

    1.5 References


    2. The Economy of Romantic Loneliness: An Unexplored Market by the Tourism and Hospitality Industries

    2.1 Solo travellers: a discursive approach

                2.1.1 Solo travellers: what do we know about them?

                2.1.2 Solo female travellers: the example of the app ‘Nomadher’

    2.2 Commonalities and differences between single tourism and sex tourism

                2.2.1 Overview

                2.2.2 Dimensions of sex tourism

                2.2.3 Commonalities and differences between sex and solo tourism

    2.3 Illuminating the intersections between hospitality and events: dating events in hospitality settings

                2.3.1 Insersection

                2.3.2 Events and intersections

                2.3.3 Speed dating events and hospitality

                2.3.4 Conceptual framework

                2.3.5 Dating events as rites of passage

                2.3.6 Dating events and hospitality service quality

                2.3.7 Customer perspectives on dating events and hospitality settings

    2.4 Illuminating dating events in hospitality settings from a co-creation of product and service perspective

                2.4.1 Overview

                2.4.2 Play

                2.4.3 Play from an events management literature perspective

                2.4.4 Play from a hospitality management literature perspective

                2.4.5 Play, hospitality industry and speed dating events

                2.4.6 Methods and results

                2.4.7 Discussion and concluding remarks

    2.5 References


    3. The Meta Dimension of Tourism and Hospitality

    3.1 Overview

    3.2 Corporate social performance (CSP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSP) of the tourism and hospitality industries

    3.3 Research avenues

                3.3.1 Atmosphere

                3.3.2 Gaps in literature

                3.3.3 Gaps in services

                3.3.4 Research agenda

    3.4 References


    4. Conclusion

    4.1 Reinforcing the needs for interactions

    4.2 What’s next?

    4.3 References


    Hugues Séraphin is an Assistant Professor at Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

    Maximiliano E. Korstanje is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Palermo, Argentina.