Family and Relationship Benefits of Travel Experiences: A Literature Review Academic Article uri icon


  • 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 that travel has several deeper benefits for families, relationships, and the individual. Findings from an extensive review of literature revealed that tourism provides positive benefits for adults, children, and couples. Several studies cited time allotted for family bonding is decreasing, likely attributed to increased career demands and changing family structures. These studies further showed travel as a means to utilize limited family time to help 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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altmetric score

  • 3.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Durko, A. M., & Petrick, J. F.

citation count

  • 99

complete list of authors

  • Durko, Angela M||Petrick, James F

publication date

  • January 2013