One of the greatest powers of technology is its ability to take us back, to reclaim the humanity we’ve lost along the way. We’re now using technology with local guides, local concierges, hosts, and drivers. An exponentially growing number of consumers are choosing Airbnb, Lyft, and Vayable over the less personal alternatives. And just as importantly, many are choosing to run businesses off of these platforms because of the human interactions they provide. Technology has the power to isolate us, but it also has the power to bring us together. And it makes sense that travel would be one of the first industries to see the impact technology can have on offline connections and peer economies. After all, travel is all about real-world interaction. It’s about connecting: communities, individuals, and perhaps most importantly, with ourselves. The future of travel is like any true innovation: It embodies looking forward as well as reclaiming something we’ve lost along the way. In the Odyssey, Homer writes about the return home as the most epic part of the journey. Just as Odysseus returned after 20 years to the same place, as a new person after, 20 years after the advent of online travel, a new and evolved industry is returning to what’s human. Get the full story at Fast Company