Planning the summer vacation - An adaptable process

Alain Decrop, Dirk Snelders

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This paper presents a contextualized study of vacation planning starting from a naturalistic perspective. Series of indepth interviews have been conducted during the period of a year on 25 Belgian households in order to follow their decision-making process for summer vacation. Data were analyzed and interpreted following the grounded theory approach. Findings show that vacation planning is an ongoing process, which entails a lot of adaptability and opportunism. Fantasy and emotions also play an important role in shaping vacation and destination choices. This departs from existing decision-making models that propose a (bounded) rational, problem-solving vacationer. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1008-1030
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Decision-making
  • Destination choice
  • Grounded theory
  • Tourist behavior
  • Vacation planning

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