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Sports (Basel). 2019 Aug 8;7(8). pii: E190. doi: 10.3390/sports7080190.

Rethinking Tourist Wellbeing through the Concept of Slow Adventure.

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1
Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William PH33 6FF, UK. jfarkic@gmail.com.
2
Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William PH33 6FF, UK.

Abstract

The necessity for humans inhabiting the 21st century to slow down and take time to carry out daily practices frames the discourse of this research note. We suggest reconceptualising tourist wellbeing through the concept of slow adventure, as a response to the cult of speed and as a vehicle for engaging in deep, immersive and more meaningful experiences during journeys in the outdoors. We suggest that slow adventure has the potential to improve people's general health and wellbeing through mindful enjoyment and consumption of the outdoor experience and thus bring people back to a state of mental and physical equilibrium. In so doing, we argue that extending the concept to include discussions around the psychological and social aspects of slow adventure is needed.

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slow adventure; slowness; time; wellbeing

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