Effects of post-trip eudaimonic reflections on affect, self-transcendence and philanthropy

Michael L. Lengieza, Janet Kay Swim, Carter A. Hunt

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Recently, tourism scholars have recognized that travel can create transformation, including (1) personal benefits such as improved wellbeing and personal growth and (2) societal benefits such as increased open-mindedness and more positive pro-environmental attitudes, motivations, and behaviors. Expanding and integrating this research, this experimental study tests whether travel experiences, with eudaimonic elements of self-discovery and a sense of meaning, lead to these benefits and tests a proposed process where these experiences influence personal changes that subsequently create societal benefits. Specifically, using an online MTurk sample (n = 481) with a broad range of recent vacation experiences, we test whether (1) post-trip self-reflection on eudaimonic travel experiences (2) creates affective responses (3) that lead to self-transcendent changes and (4) subsequent post-trip philanthropy among recent travelers. Results of structural equation modeling indicate that philanthropic effects of travel were initiated by the eudaimonic self-reflections via eudaimonic affect and self-transcendent outcomes. This study contributes to the research linking eudaimonia and travel and provides insights into the ways that the travel industry can be harnessed as a potent tool for promoting personal meaning, self-transcendence, and prosocial outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalService Industries Journal
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Industry
Philanthropy
Self-reflection
Structural equation modeling
Open-mindedness
Tourism
Environmental attitudes
Travellers
Experimental study
Travel industry
Vacation
Well-being

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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