Family holidays in small vans, is it feasible without a Porta Potti®?

Family holidays in small vans, is it feasible without a Porta Potti®?

Motor campervan tourism is a growing and promising trend. Many families chose it to contact with nature, for freedom, and for experiences. Some families look for a sense of adventure and might be interested in travelling with small vans. This choice could, however, be complicated. The aim of this paper is to explore whether going on a holiday with a small van, in our case a VW California, is feasible for a family and the factors that might influence the decision of buying a small van despite the lack of comfort. Findings contribute to limited literature about campervans and give interesting insights for producers, tourism companies that want to target families.

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About the Authors

Dr. Paola Ossola

Paola Ossola PhD has experience in both education and research as well as social entrepreneurship. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Pavia, a Master’s degree in Managerial Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Management from the University of Insubria. She currently teaches International Tourism Management, and Business Sustainability at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland where she is a research faculty. Paola is also the CEO and co-founder of La Happy Care Srl SB, a longevity-focused company.

Dr. Daniele Grechi

Daniele Grechi has a Post Doc position at the Department Economics at the University of Insubria (Italy), he is also contract lecturer of Financial Mathematics and Quantitative methods for Management at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan He received (2019) a PhD in Methods and Model for Economic Decisions from the University of Insubria. His current research includes quantitative methods for economic and managerial analysis with a special focus on transportation, tourism and sustainability.

Dr. Enrica Pavione

Enrica Pavione is researcher of Business Management at the Department of Economics, University of Insubria, where she teaches Management at the three-year bachelor’s in economics and Management. She is currently involved in research and consultancy about internationalization strategies, marketing of tourism and innovation policies, with particular reference to the knowledge intensive sectors.