Examining the change in wellbeing following a holiday

Jibin Yu, Bryan Smale, Honggen Xiao

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Building on existing evidence that tourism contributes to wellbeing, this study aims to investigate how both hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing changes after a holiday. A longitudinal inquiry involving three waves of observation (during, the fourth week, and the eighth week following a holiday) was carried out in five tourism cities in China, using Latent Growth Curve models to analyze change. Results suggest that life satisfaction – an indicator of hedonic wellbeing – does not decline as expected whereas other indicators of hedonic wellbeing declined dramatically in the first month and then mildly in the second month following a holiday. Comparatively, eudaimonic wellbeing declined gradually and mildly during the same two-month intervals. Higher levels of optimal tourism experiences predicted slower declines of both hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104367
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Eudaimonic wellbeing
  • Hedonic wellbeing
  • Latent growth curve model
  • Longitudinal design
  • Optimal tourism experience
  • Wellbeing change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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