I Want to Pretend I’m Eleven Years Younger: Subjective Age and Seniors’ Motives for Vacation Travel

  • Megan Cleaver
  • Thomas E. Muller
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 17)


Subjective age-as distinct from chronological age-is a relatively recent area of scientific inquiry within quality-of-life studies. The purpose of this empirical study was to see whether the size of the gap between actual and self-perceived age could be predicted from a knowledge of a senior’s reasons for wanting to travel on vacation, and his or her value priorities and sense of physical well-being. A survey of 356 Australian seniors ranging in age between 56 and 93 yielded data on their subjective age, measured in terms of (a) how old they felt; (b) the activities they would choose to experience or enjoy while on a vacation; and (c) the age they wished to be treated and recognized as-as well as their psychological motives for vacation travel, personal values, and self-rated health. The results of multivariate analyses indicate that the gap between actual age and subjective age is a function of seniors’ particular motives for travel and what they value in life, and, for certain aspects of subjective age, how healthy they feel and their gender.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Cleaver
    • 1
  • Thomas E. Muller
    • 1
  1. 1.Hagoromo University of International StudiesOsakaJapan

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