Dimensions of Friendship in Shared Travel Experiences

X. Matteucci, I. Volić, S. Filep

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Quality relationships are fundamental to human well-being. Friendships are voluntary relationships between autonomous individuals that can shed light on how bonding and intimacy are experienced in tourism environments. Adopting a qualitative, humanist approach, this article explores the topic of friendship in tourism. Through a thematic analysis of 12 in-depth interviews, we examine how friendships are experienced by Serbian young to middle-age adults in tourism settings. It was revealed five main dimensions underpin friendship relationships in a tourism context: intimacy of spaces, quality time, disclosure, navigation of challenges and relational realisations, and a sense of learning about oneself through shared experiences. Opportunities are suggested for researchers to extend these research findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-714
Number of pages18
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Friendship
  • shared travel experiences
  • thematic analysis
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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