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Psychological nature of leisure and tourism experience

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Trapped on the treadmill of everyday life people become worn down, stressed and over-tired. In order to keep mental and emotional balance some quality free time is highly advisable. The psychological benefits of having free time to dedicate to leisure and tourism experience are immense and should not be neglected.

Leisure, Travelling and Tourism experience

Leisure activities are the ones spent from cares and toils. They are so-called ‘down time activities’. [1]Travelling or tourism experience can have more than just relaxation purpose like leisure activities. Travelling can be done for educational or research purposes, it can be a mission trip or pilgrimage.[2] However, when we mention tourism experience we equate leisure with it.

Psychological nature of leisure and tourism experience

Roger C. Mannell and Seppo E. Iso-Ahola examine leisure and tourist experience in their article ‘Psychological nature of leisure and tourism experience’. According to them from the “post-hoc satisfaction” standpoint, theory and research suggest that psychological benefits of leisure and tourist experience emanate from the interplay of two motivational forces: to escape from routine and stressful environments and to seek recreational opportunities. The “immediate conscious experience” approach is committed to the value of monitoring the actual, on-site, real-time nature of the experience itself.[3] According to http://www.darlingtoncbtcounselling.co.uk [4] travelling re-energizes your mind, it reinvigorates it and restarts your imagination and sense of curiosity.


Leisure time and tourism experience are much needed to have a substantial life. Their benefits reflect in enjoyment, amusement and pleasure of time spent away from stress and dedicated to oneself.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Leisure_activities
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel
[3] ‘Psychological nature of leisure and tourism experience’ by: Roger C. Mannell and Seppo E. Iso-Ahola, University of Waterloo, Canada, University of Maryland, USA
[4] http://www.darlingtoncbtcounselling.co.uk/counsellors/psychological-benefits-of-travelling.html



AUTHOR: Josip Ivanovic