Conceptualising tourist idleness and creating places of otium in nature-based tourism.

Jelena Farkić , G Isailovic, M Lesjak

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This paper conceptualises tourist idleness as a temporary engagement in slow, slothful and entirely unstructured holiday activities. We aim to extend the studies that prioritise the modalities of holidays in nature that encourage simplified, slower, immersive experiences, and which celebrate mindfulness, slowness and stillness as part of a tourist journey. In framing idleness as a relaxing, creative and recuperative holiday practice, we suggest that creating places of otium which encourage ‘doing nothing’ can in many ways enhance tourist wellbeing. To this end, we discuss the significance of spatial, temporal and existential elements of tourist idleness, whilst arguing that this ‘practice’ should be more celebrated in our modern, high-speed societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-23
Number of pages13
JournalAcademica Turistica - Tourism and Innovation Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • idleness
  • leisure
  • nature-based tourism
  • otium
  • slowness
  • wellbeing


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