Abstract

The purpose of this review was to examine existent research on the benefits of travel applicable to working adults, couples, families and extended family members. While travel is often perceived as an outlet for relaxation, education and a chance to escape the mundane, recent research suggests travel has several deeper benefits for families, relationships, and the individual. Findings from the extensive review of literature revealed that tourism provides positive benefits for adults, children and couples. Time allotted for family bonding is decreasing, likely attributed to increased career demands and changing family structures. Several studies cited this, and showed travel as a means to improve communications within a relationship, reduce the possibility of divorce, strengthen lifelong family bonds and increase a sense of well-being in adults and children. Gaps in the existent research were noted, and potential suggestions for future research are addressed.

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The Benefits of Travel: : Family and Relationships Review of Literature

The purpose of this review was to examine existent research on the benefits of travel applicable to working adults, couples, families and extended family members. While travel is often perceived as an outlet for relaxation, education and a chance to escape the mundane, recent research suggests travel has several deeper benefits for families, relationships, and the individual. Findings from the extensive review of literature revealed that tourism provides positive benefits for adults, children and couples. Time allotted for family bonding is decreasing, likely attributed to increased career demands and changing family structures. Several studies cited this, and showed travel as a means to improve communications within a relationship, reduce the possibility of divorce, strengthen lifelong family bonds and increase a sense of well-being in adults and children. Gaps in the existent research were noted, and potential suggestions for future research are addressed.