Research on international relocations has habitually treated holidaymakers, sojourners and immigrants as quite discrete categories while developments in global mobility patterns have assumingly amplified blurring of such categories. Based on this point of departure, this article explores boundaries and relations between leisure tourism and international work relocations. The study uniquely examines demographic differences in tourism and work motivation of academics temporarily residing abroad. Data was collected from 428 self-initiated expatriate academics from 60 countries temporarily working at 34 universities in five northern European countries. Our findings show that there are indeed tourism motivations among expatriates. We also found that such motives vary between different demographic segments.
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 2014, Vol 14, Issue 2, p. 170-186