Drugs and tourist' experiences

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This study investigates the nature of drug-related tourist experiences from a phenomenological perspective. Based on 30 in-depth interviews with drug tourists and additional ethnographic data collected at various destinations of drug tourism, the empirical analysis yields four relevant insights: (1) drug-related tourist experiences are heterogeneous in nature and might involve either a pursuit of mere pleasure or a quest for profound and meaningful experiences; (2) for those who consume drugs for pleasure, the tourist experience is an intensified extension of their leisure routine; (3) the usage of drugs while traveling is not necessarily a form of escape from the reality of everyday life; and (4) the search for meaningful tourist experiences through drugs might involve the tourist's attempt to engage in either "authentic" aspects of the local culture or drug-related subculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-246
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Cultural ceters
  • Drug consumption
  • The tourist experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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