Experiences are occurrences that can leave an impression on you, whether it be positive or negative.
According to Berridge (2011) the physical environment is a key factor in the need for leisure. “Experiences remain extremely challenging occasions to envision”Berridge (2011,p70). This is because people attending events all can have different visions on a good experience. An example of this is a newcomer and a person with a longer association, they can both attain highly satisfactory experiences within the same event but do so via different routes (Berridge, 2011). Interaction is an important part of an experience, however it is hard to find key attributes of satisfaction. “This is because of personal interpretation of satisfaction and because different types of activities equally produce optimal experiences” (Berridge cited Csikszentmihalyi, 1991).
Experiences can also be evaluated in tourism and special events. Berridge (2011) says you can look at the motivations for tourist choices, how tourists react to new environments and obtain information about the environment.
Berridge, G. (2011). Events design and experience. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.