Intellectual Disability and Care During Travel
This phenomenological study unveils the lived experiences of care during travel of carers and the adults with intellectual disabilities they care for. In-depth interviews unveiled the unique nuances and complexities of giving care to those who are otherwise unable to travel independently. Their care experiences were characterised by emotional entanglements of ‘giving’, ‘attunement’, and ‘performance’, which span personal, relational, and social caring spheres. The findings shine a light on intellectual disability as a complex and marginalised identity, and one that disrupts the generalised notion of travel as an independent activity. Our conclusions validate care as both a practice and an ethic that is amplified, negotiated, and mediated within a tourism context, and offer new directions for accessible tourism research.