One reason I shoot stills and not video as a tourist.
+1, my tourist photography supports my memory and enhances it, while people doing video seem to see nothing of the original scenery because they have a camera in front of them most of the time.
Often I don't shoot the "big picture", but small parts that have an emotional value for me and then trigger the memory of the wider circumstance.
Both points make sense. Like me snapping a photo inside a bus on the way to Machu Picchu... Helps me to recall things better. Going on the dead road.. Snapping rather crappy shots but for the memory.. Or for if I died. Haha! I don't have the camera in front of me for very long unless it's appropriate to get a worthy shot. This is all with vacations and trips. Food, hotel, bus, airport, activities, shops, etc. not pictures that you may put up on flickr or Facebook but things that will help you to recall and cherish priceless memories.
On the other hand, yes, if you're just shooting most of the time, you will miss out on a lot except for what you capture. Unless you're on the job, enjoy yourself more than just taking pictures. Yes memories come from pictures after the occasion but if photos/videos are all that you remember, might as well oogle google photos and save your money and time. Especially with family, spend time with them.. Maybe that means putting the camera down for a bit. Enjoy to remember moments!