Israeli Backpackers. The Role of Destination Choice

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This quantitative study compares between backpackers who traveled to Central and South America with those who traveled to Southeast Asia in terms of attitudes and activities. A sample of Israeli ex-backpackers (N = 579) were interviewed by means of a structured questionnaire. The profiles of the two segments differ in terms of travel perceived risks, risk reduction strategies and other backpacker specific features. The findings indicate that the choice of a particular destination is associated with travel motivations, risk perceptions, trip planning, travel arrangements and risk reduction strategies. The results are discussed in light of recent studies indicating the increasing heterogeneity among backpackers, adding dimensions that were not previously explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-246
Number of pages25
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2009


  • backpacking
  • destination choice
  • risk perception
  • risk reduction strategies
  • segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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