I found an interesting article on food blogging as serious leisure (Cox and Blake, 2011). One interesting quote from a serious food blogger was:
"Obsession. Food is what I do. If I’m not cooking or eating I’m thinking about it or writing a recipe or going out somewhere to a restaurant."
I’m wondering if there might be a parallel in cultural tourism as serious leisure (and my competitive cultural tourist).Cox, A.M., Blake, M.K., 2011. Information and food blogging as serious leisure. Aslib Proceedings 63, 204–220.
I’m wondering if a study of travel blogging might reveal something similar about cultural tourism as serious leisure and whether I see signs of something competitive (e.g. some degree of bragging or some way that the blogger highlights how travelled they are). Definitely worth consider such a study and possibly a research paper.