Finding Meaning Through Travel Journaling: A Strength-Based Approach

Chi Kwong Bruce Wan, Cees J.P.M. de Bont, Paul Hekkert, Ka Nin Chow

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Abstract

This study explores how technology-mediated journaling can support memorable and meaningful tourism experiences (MMEs). The digital photo is the most common medium for travelers to keep a record of memorable and meaningful moments and share them via social media. We explore the potential of using these footprints for travelers to connect the implicit dimensions of their well-being. In particular, we draw reference from positive psychology, which emphasizes that human well-being is rooted in people’s implicit personal factors and psychological needs such as character strengths, motives, and values. Making the implicit explicit may help people to make a wiser choice that matches their own aspirations. To support people in (re)creating meaningful narratives, we created a proof-of-concept prototype by incorporating character strengths into the design of a digital journaling platform. This study involved ten participants and each of them created at least five MME narratives from their past journeys. In this article, we discuss the design concerns for such a platform and examine the effectiveness of the platform in producing meaningful narrative by collecting participant feedback, and looking into the character strengths that the participants draw upon in their MMEs. The result suggests that not only the platform supports the reminiscing of MMEs, but the narration also deepened their self-awareness and allowed the participants to connect their behaviors with their personality traits and implicit values. Some participants were able to identify meanings that were hitherto obscured to them. Implications for quantified travelers and smart tourism are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2021
PublisherSpringer Cham
Chapter12
Pages137-149
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-65785-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-65784-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2021

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