Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 7-3-2020

Keywords

Adventure tourism, coronavirus, COVID-19, microadventure, sustainable tourism

Abstract

Unprecedented mobility restrictions due to COVID-19 have frozen the adventure travel and tourism industry. These restrictions have forced many to embrace ‘hyperlocal’ approaches to adventure and provided an opportunity to reimagine our adventure travel philosophies and practices. Despite claims that traditional adventure travel could address some of the “world’s most pressing challenges”, it has largely failed to realize its potential to provide a range of social, economic, and environmental benefits. Conversely, microadventure, which espouses adventures in nearby nature that are low-carbon and human-scaled, is an enticing alternative for both current and post-pandemic conditions. This essay first critiques pre-pandemic adventure travel and describes the hazards of this approach in age of COVID-19. It then explores creative ‘lockdown’ microadventures; envisions what post-pandemic adventure may look like; and explains why we not only need to embrace microadventures in a post-pandemic world, but also why we may prefer them to traditional adventure travel.

Published in the Leisure Science Special Issue: Leisure in the Time of COVID-19, a Rapid Response.

Publication Title

Leisure Sciences

Volume

Special Issue

DOI

10.1080/01490400.2020.1773984

Required Publisher's Statement

Leisure Sciences is published by Taylor & Francis. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor & Francis is making relevant research articles free to access in order to support the global effort to diagnose, treat, prevent COVID-19

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Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Rights Statement

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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