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SOUSA, Cairo Cézar Braga de; BAQUIT, José Airton Nascimento Diógenes  and  FERREIRA, Karla Patrícia Martins. Leisure travel as a (trans)formative experience for the elderly. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp. 1-12. ISSN 2359-0769.

Aging is already a reality in contemporary societies with the rapid growth of the elderly population, motivated by increased life expectancy and reduced fertility and mortality. From then on, challenges arise for this age segment, especially in countries that have not prepared for such a social trend, such as Brazil. In this context, this research aims to understand the meaning of leisure travel for the elderly. As an investigative method, the research is designed as exploratory and descriptive, with a qualitative approach, ethnographic approach. The research locus was the city of São Luís, Maranhão, from a project aimed at the elderly of the Integrated University of the Third Age - UNITI. As collection techniques and instruments, narrative interviews, participant observation, and field diary were used. As an analysis technique, Bardin's content analysis was used, so that categories could be elaborated. Data collection was divided into three stages: travel expectation, travel, and post-trip. The categories of analysis and interpretation of the contents indicate that travel is an activity that gives meaning to the life of the elderly and stimulates processes of autonomy, independence, quality of life, and healthy life expectancy, contributing to quality aging.

Keywords : travel; recreation; old man; leisure.

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