Travel Through The Eyes Of College Students

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People have many different views about what traveling means to them and their rationale behind their travels. I set out to discover how these views about traveling and rationale differed between college age adults. I decided to research this topic because I am interested in how those in similar circumstances to mine, such as age and schooling, have differing mindsets when it comes to travel. I wondered what reasons college students have for traveling and what their perceptions of the definition of travel were. Through my research I have found that of those interviewed and surveyed, many share the same values about travel. Many college ages adults perceive travel as a tool used to gain valuable life experiences and as an outlet for adventure, which suggests there might be a correlation between travel and the youth, inexperience, and desire to learn of many college aged adults.
The research methods I executed were a mixture of personal interviews and online surveys. Survey questions were constructed with three general demographic questions followed by seven travel related questions with two open ended questions. I emailed the survey to my entire class and even had a few outsiders a bit older than the median age of college students take it in order to diversify a few of the responses. The survey questions revolved around travel; more specifically, they garnered specifically around what one thinks of travel. The few open ended questions I included allowed significantly greater responses to gain personal insight from those being surveyed as opposed to close ended questions being simple, to the point, and lacking much personal flavor. I interviewed two students on my floor who are at the complete opposite ends of student life: one is a freshman and the other is a super-senior. The questions asked in the interviews were very similar to the survey questions in order to be able to easily relate the surveys and interviews to each other and see how they compare to the collective group’s opinion. Also, it allowed for very personal answers not achievable in surveys even with open ended questions. I asked each participant eight initial questions with room for two more follow up questions where appropriate. It was interesting to see how the similar questions between the surveys and interviews differed and how they were the same.
After emailing my survey to my class and having others take it, I received 43 finished responses. There were slightly more females who responded, but I do not think that means much, if anything. Also, there was not a large minority population take part in my survey so minority groups might be misrepresented in the research I gathered. Just over 85% of responses on the survey think that travel is both domestic and international with neither having any precedence over the other. 83% of those responding to the survey believe there is a difference between travel and tourism. Tyler O’Conner, a 19 year old freshman, thinks tourism is...

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