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Temporal rhythms and destination travel behaviour: The potential for sustainable travel

Dickinson, JE, Filimonau, V, Cherrett, T, Davies, N, Norgate, SH, Speed, C and Winstanley, C 'Temporal rhythms and destination travel behaviour: The potential for sustainable travel' , Journal of Sustainable Tourism . (In Press)

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Rapid technological advancements are enhancing tourists’ space-time capabilities resulting in access to more immediate and personalised information relative to destination travel opportunities. This offers new affordances for travel behaviour. Given that time is traditionally seen as a significant factor shaping travel behaviour and that time frames the tourist experience, this points to a need to examine more closely the temporal issues in a destination travel context. This paper analyses the role played by time in destination based travel behaviour. Data were captured using a diary-photography, diary-interview method with tourists at a rural destination. In addition, spatial and temporal patterns of participants were captured using a purpose built smartphone app. The analysis indicates a variety of temporal issues influence travel behaviour. Tourists experience tensions with clock-time and encounter multiple competing forms of time that lead to less sustainable travel choices. As our temporal capabilities are extended by mobile media, time is an issue that needs to be taken into account in order to bring about more sustainable mobility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Space-time, Mobile media, Behavioural studies, Place rhythms, Car travel
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1747-7646
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SH Norgate
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 13:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:51

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