What motivates tourists to travel, Updated on April 15, 2012 Prossylink more Have you ever wondered what motivates you to travel, Could it because you want to experience a whole new environment, visit some distant relatives, for educational purposes or just for fun, The reason behind why people travel can well be described as tourism motivation. Tourism motivation is the driving force behind a tourist’s intensions and behaviors. It forms people’s goals, expectation that constitutes of travel choice, behavior and perceptions in regard to specific tourist’s destination.
Tourist’s motivations forms due to internal psychological factors that cause an uncomfortable level of tension and needs that should be released after a given activity is under taken. Tourists can actualize their intrinsic needs and motives if they manage to self actualize and liberate them. The type of tourists’ motivation is relative to the type of context it is generated from. For instance cultural motivation is dependent on a tourist’s way of living which constitutes of the culture and tradition of his people. It is rare to find tourists select a destination that practices the same culture as his/her own.
Most tourists tend to visit cultures which are different from their own in order to learn and experience a different way of life. For example a person from Australia would be attracted to tour a region that has a different culture from his, probably a place in Africa which has a very different culture and a wide range of physical attraction.
Culture is also categorized based on sustainability and the type of commodity on offer. Another type of motivation is the social motivation. Different societies have different social status and inclination. For example a student travelling from Australia to London will have a great opportunity of learning the English way of living.
Although most people assume that the living conditions, family set up and socialization process in white families is similar. One can only find out the diverse social aspects in other communities by travelling to a different destination far away from home. The selection of a tourist’s destination is often characterized by pull factors; these are conditions which intensively attract someone to a place. Examples of pull factors are favorable environmental conditions, peculiar physical attractions, people’s culture and traditions, the tourism and hospitality industry of a place.