The tourism industry is moving at such a rapid pace. Facilities are being modernized, gadgets and mobile apps are changing the way tourists interact with their destination.
Online booking has exploded, travel equipment is offering capabilities for an extremely comfortable trip, local tours and activities are becoming more and more sophisticated and high-tech.
As a result, are we totally missing out on the traditional local color and vibes?
Are we seeing our destination through the distorting lenses of our tour operator?
Do we spend time to "touch and feel" the local way of life?
Do we ever have a casual chat with a local person, possibly spending some time at his premises and hearing about his problems, or the way he handles day-to-day issues, or the local things and spots and activities that he likes?
Are we visiting the real off-the-beaten-track sites, which are less touristy and more authentic and un-spoilt?
Are we seeking the hidden traditional elements in any local destination, looking beyond the glamorous facade of the official touristy version of the local history?
Are we willing to sacrifice our creature comforts in exchange for a glimpse of the un-spoilt and authentic traditional local way of life?
Could it be that, while on holidays, we are just skimming the surface of the local society, while totally ignoring the real life happening underneath?