Skip to main content
Gutsy women? conflicting discourses in women's travel guidebooks
Tourism Recreation Research
  • Erica Wilson, Southern Cross University
  • Louise Holdsworth, Southern Cross University
  • Mieke Witsel, Southern Cross University
Document Type
Publication Date
Peer Reviewed
There is a growing body of information and advice on offer for contemporary women travellers. Despite increasing academic research on the topic of women travellers, critical questions remain about how their travels are experienced and constructed. Addressing this gap, this paper uses critical discourse analysis (CDA) to analyse two contemporary travel guidebooks aimed at the independent female tourist. Of particular focus is how the texts mediate women’s travel and construct the ‘female travel experience’. The central argument of this paper is that there exists a conflicting discourse in contemporary women’s travel guidebooks: that of ‘empowerment’ versus ‘fear’.
Citation Information

Wilson, E, Holdsworth, L & Witsel, M 2009, 'Gutsy women? conflicting discourses in women's travel guidebooks', Tourism Recreation Research, vol. 34, no. 1.