ABSTRACT

Introduction Interactive travel emerges out of a set of interdependent mobilities that, according to Urry (2007), produce and shape the contours of mobile social life: the corporeal travel of people; the physical movement of objects; imaginative travel enabled by various media; virtual travel; and communicative travel. Comprised as it is out of these intersecting digital and material mobilities, interactive travel poses a significant challenge to traditional social scientific methods, many of which have relied on somewhat sedentary techniques. How do we study social practices that move, not just in space, but also in between physical and virtual settings? How do we study visible and invisible mobilities? And, how do we do this without destroying the mobile social phenomena we wish to investigate by pinning them down? (Büscher, Urry and Witchger 2010). A repertoire of mobile methods is now beginning to emerge as mobilities researchers grapple with these kinds of methodological questions. In this chapter, I contribute to that repertoire by describing the combination of research techniques I used to explore online, offline and in between instances of interactive travel.