Travel Experiences of Older Adults with Visual Impairment: A Qualitative Study

Ting Yu Yeh, Sheng Yu Fan

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Abstract

Older adults with visual impairment desire to travel, and they need specific support to participate in traveling. This study explored the travel experience of 12 older Taiwanese adults with visual impairment. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data, including traveling experience, difficulties encountered, the impact of ageing, and specific needs. The principles of grounded theory were used to analyze the data, and four themes were identified. First, older adults with visual impairment wanted to explore the world, improve their mood, gain self-confidence, and foster interpersonal connections through traveling. Second, adjustment to visual impairment and ageing was the basics for traveling. Third, they encountered interpersonal and environmental barriers while traveling. Fourth, they needed a traveling companion to provide practical and psychological support. Older adults with visual impairment needed psychological, practical, and environmental support to ensure trouble-free traveling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-467
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Planning and Development
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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