Why do so many people love to travel, but sometimes come away unhappy and disappointed in their trips? What can people in the travel industry do to prevent such discontent and promote optimal travel experiences? As a clinical psychologist and an avid traveler, I wanted to write a book that offers fresh perspectives on these questions.

Readers will learn a new way of thinking about the nature of travel and about solutions to common travel problems. Strategies informed by psychological theory and research that travel providers can use to enhance their clients’ positive travel encounters are given.

Questions explored include: How do travelers’ personalities impact travel satisfaction? Why can seeking perfection in travel and trying to keep up with the often-unrealistic depictions of travel on social media undermine travel joy? What can be done to overcome travel fatigue and boredom? How can travelers prepare for trips in ways that spark excitement and receptivity for what is to come? And what can enhance the enjoyment trips give travelers long after their trips are over?

This book is a must read for those in the hospitality and travel industry (both students and professionals) and general readers who want to better understand the complexities of the psychology of travel. It will serve as an invaluable guide to all who would like to learn what it means to travel well.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-Title Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Description
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
  10. Section I Setting the Stage
    1. Chapter 1 Travel Over Time
    2. Chapter 2 Travel at Its Best
  11. Section II Achieving Positive Travel Outcomes
    1. Part I Pre-Trip Anticipation
    2. Chapter 3 Setting Expectations
    3. Chapter 4 Increasing Trip Readiness
    4. Chapter 5 Fostering Pre-Trip Excitement
    5. Chapter 6 Facilitating Environmental Fit I
    6. Chapter 7 Facilitating Environmental Fit II
    7. Case Study 1 Pre-Trip Anticipation
    8. Part II The Actual Trip
    9. Chapter 8 Ameliorating Travel Fatigue
    10. Chapter 9 Mitigating Comparison Tendencies
    11. Chapter 10 Reducing Travel Habituation I
    12. Chapter 11 Reducing Travel Habituation II
    13. Chapter 12 Facilitating Use of Time
    14. Chapter 13 Promoting Traveler Engagement
    15. Chapter 14 Enhancing Experiences of Awe
    16. Case Study 2 The Actual Trip
    17. Part III Post-Trip Well-Being
    18. Chapter 15 Supporting Use of Mementos
    19. Chapter 16 Helping Travel Story Sharing
    20. Chapter 17 Promoting Travel Journaling
    21. Chapter 18 Assisting in Post-Trip Knowledge Extension
    22. Case Study 3 Post-Trip Well-Being
  12. The End
  13. References
  14. About the Author
  15. Index
  16. Backcover