Changes in Sexual Behavior of Women during Tourist Activity: An Exploratory Study

Yelyzaveta Berdychevsky, Yaniv Poria, Natan Uriely

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The tourism literature has focused on commercial sex tourism, but makes virtually no reference to sexual behavior among the tourists themselves. This exploratory study attempts to fill this gap and contribute to the understanding of the link between sex and tourism. The findings are based on 21 in-depth interviews with Israeli women. The study investigates the causes of change in sexual behavior in tourist activity and the perceptions of this change. The analysis suggests four patterns of sexual behavior with respect to the tourist experience: 1) "sex as experimentation" on vacation of rest and relaxation; 2) "sex as adventure" on a backpacking holiday; 3) "sex as a 'must do'" on stay-in-the-city vacation; and 4) "sex as an expectation" on a business trip. The change in women's sexual behavior in the tourist experience vis-à-vis everyday life is explained in light of the theories of liminality and existential authenticity, as well as theories of social stereotypes and social constructivism.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalHorizons in Geography
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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