I sure hope not!
I lately wonder if technology has ruined the spontaneity of traveling. Other than booking our transportation and a hotel we rarely plan anything when taking a trip. Relying only on a map of our destination along with a travel guide. Yes, it is a small book which are still thankfully readily available through a book store or amazon.
Sadly, a newer trend is popping up where a reservation must be made online to visit some sites. It seems that there are a few places where one can no longer decide to just walk in off the street to visit or tour a place of interest. Thankfully, this has not taken off everywhere and I hope it never does as I do not have internet capabilities when traveling, by choice.
The process of sightseeing is an adventure in itself. Why plan your day hour by hour? Sometimes, due to transportation delays one may not get to their destination at the alloted time for a tour. It happens and is all part of the adventure.
Personally, some delays have led us to some of the most interesting places which we did not intend to visit or even knew existed. Like in this photo of the Eiffel Tower. We were just “walking the streets” of Paris enjoying the warmth in of an early spring day. We were so surprised to look to our right and see the tower. It was a beautiful experience.
I believe the best way to travel is to not plan too much. Get to your desired destination, check in to your hotel, talk to some local people and begin walking around. Some of the best attractions are off the main paths. Places that the local residents enjoy and places that you just simply stumble upon.
So when planning your next trip be sure not to schedule too much and just be present and enjoy the adventure.