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Supporting Backpackers Needs and Travel Experiences: Design implications for communication technology
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Our society is becoming more restless and mobile, a symbol for this mobility are the backpackers. Backpackers are found everywhere in the world and represent a form of low-cost independent travellers. To experience as much as possible, seems to be a very important issue for backpackers and they have that as a motivation during their travels. Backpackers have been described as ”experiences hungry”. The term experiences, is today being used a lot in the tourism industry. To be able to predict what an experience is, can be hard and the term is hard to define. Mobile technologies are also becoming a permanent part of the our society. Communication technology are something that backpackers use more and more during their travels. This thesis identifies knowledge and design implications for a mobile application to support backpacker´s need when travelling and how backpackers define the notion of travel experiences.

The result of the thesis have calumniated in a mobile application prototype that coul contribute in letting backpackers get more out of there journey. This in an interactive and social way, by giving backpackers the opportunity to be social towards each-other share information through a social medium. As the thesis have shown that backpackers wants to meet others on there journey and experience the world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 34 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 2012.08
Keyword [en]
backpacker, communication technology, travel experiences, design implications, travel motivations, consumer needs, mobile application
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59631OAI: diva2:555448
Educational program
Master's Programme in Cross Media Interaction Design
2012-06-08, Umeå, 09:43 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-20 Created: 2012-09-20 Last updated: 2012-09-20Bibliographically approved

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