Personal and Family Growth

The concept of wellness tourism impacts, of course, on all tourists and the role that family members have in travel decision making is linked with the impact that this has on health issues. Kim and Lehto (2012) examine the motivations and activities of Korean families with disabled children. The quantitative study found that not only were ‘sedentary outdoor activities’ were the most important activity for these families but also that the children’s development, the interpersonal relationships that were enhanced and the personal relaxation were prime leisure travel motivators. The final article to be discussed is that of Shi et al (2011) who explore the motivations of people with mobility impairments to travel frequently. The findings from the focus groups suggest that these travelers have a desire for being in a natural environment, for adventure as well as a level of independence.

By Margaret Deery, PhD; University of Surrey, UK, Leeds Beckett University, UK and Curtin University, Australia. Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management.


Kim, S., & Lehto, X. Y. (2013). Travel by families with children possessing disabilities: Motives and activities. Tourism Management, 37, 13-24.

Shi, L., Cole, S., & Chancellor, H. C. (2012). Understanding leisure travel motivations of travelers with acquired mobility impairments. Tourism Management, 33(1), 228-231.