The frictions of slow tourism mobilities: Conceptualising campervan travel

Sharon Wilson, Kevin Hannam

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This paper discusses the materialities of campervan travel as a relatively ‘slow’ form of tourism mobilities. The research is based upon qualitative research with campervan owners and users in the UK. Previous research has emphasised notions of freedom associated with campervan travel and how it has developed its own subculture. However, we seek to move beyond this to examine the frictions of socially and physically embodied practices of campervan travel in order to address the call for more multi-sensory understandings of tourism mobilities. In our discussion of campervan travel, mobility is understood as intensities of circulations, uncertainties and relational affects where different aspects of friction are central. We conclude by discussing the campervan in relation to wider aspects of slow travel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date8 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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