There is a risk for us photographers when we travel. Things are new and often exciting and we want to take pictures of them. That, after all, is what we like to do. But burying our face in a camera’s viewfinder puts a screen between us and what’s actually there. The ISO, aperture and speed settings, not to mention the histogram readout, all conspire to take our attention from experiencing what is right in front of us.
Try walking down a strange street not carrying a camera and then do it with one. The feeling is quite different.
Personally, I find it very hard not to carry my camera when I go somewhere I have never been before and I worry about that sometimes. (probably not as often as I should)
How about you?