Backpacking experiences: A type and form analysis

Natan Uriely, Yuval Yonay, Dalit Simchai

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This paper questions the notion of backpacking as a distinct category of tourism by distinguishing between its type- and form-related attributes. The analysis of such differentiation refers to phenomenological typology of tourist experiences and the distinction between institutionalized and non-institutionalized tourism. Based on 38 in-depth interviews with Israeli backpackers to various destinations, the study reveals their heterogeneous nature in terms of its type-related aspect. In addition, the study indicates that they comply with most of the conventional form-related attributes. These findings suggest that backpacking should be regarded as a form rather than a type of tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-538
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 23 Apr 2002


  • Backpacking
  • Israel
  • Tourist experiences
  • Types and forms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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