What is it about?
We explored tech-savvy millennials’ perceptions towards the increasingly popular digital detox holiday. On one hand, millennials perceive the benefits of disconnecting digitally on holiday which can contribute to their mental well-being, on the other hand, they perceive several constraints to going off-the-grid from tourist infrastructures, social expectations, and their technology dependence.
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Why is it important?
Millennials today are getting more aware of their digital health and work-life balance. They perceive digital detox as an effective channel to achieved sustained wellbeing. Regardless of the increasing demands of a digital detox holiday, tourism organisations and operations still focus on digitalisation of their operations, which makes it challenging for millennials to disconnect. Being ‘mentally away’ should be aligned with also being ‘physically away’ by reducing technology use to achieve psychological sustainability on holiday. Changes are required in social expectations to be constantly connected to support this home and away detachment. In addition, Support from various sectors are required to maximise the benefit of digital-free travel.
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This page is a summary of: Imagine being off-the-grid: millennials’ perceptions of digital-free travel, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, October 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2019.1675676.
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