I have heard time and again from people, generally well traveled, that I cannot "get" a place until I have physically visited it and "experienced it with my own eyes" .
But is it really true?
I have hardly ever traveled. Some of the reasons are: lack of money, fear of stealing, fear of cops / thugs in fragmented countries, total lack of privacy (especially these days), dislike being with people in general, not being social, having no one to travel with, a general inability to "get away from it" even where I live and where I & # 39; grew up (not to mention a completely foreign environment), not having the "peace of mind" of just "seeing the world" (which I consider very selfish), etc.
However, I to have seen very high resolution video / audio footage from all over this planet (assuming they didn't simulate everything, of course, which seems extremely unlikely). For many years. Both in movies, TV series, documentaries, news reels, online videos of all kinds and, in recent years, live videos from all kinds of exotic and not-so-exotic locations.
Of course, if someone was filming the place where I grew up (or even allowed me to do it) and then showing it to someone around the world, I would not consider that they "understood" what it means to me. But then again, I would not expect that even if they had physically come here and seen it with their own eyes. (And not just because it has been changed / ruined since.)
Maybe the people who say that mean I can't know how people would treat me just because they treated the person filming / broadcasting location X right / wrong? And of course, there can be many things that are not displayed in the video / stream. For example, someone may consider local women to be extremely attractive and love strangers, but will not say so in a documentary. This is an example of information that I would miss by just watching a video / stream from a place.
However, overall, I consider myself to have a very good understanding of practically all of the "commonly known" places on this planet, as in, I get that there are massage places nice and cheap in many "poor" countries, and that they have various beautiful places, but I also know how poorly maintained their buildings are and how animals are treated, how good it is dangerous and easy to get ripped off, etc.
Although I do not pretend to be "well traveled", as I am not, I wonder if my understanding of the world by watching so many different videos of all kinds, often with zero conversation / music / cuts, n & # 39; is not at least "enough" so that I can determine that it is not worth putting a fortune out of my meager savings to travel to some of the places that I find most attractive.
As pathetic as it sounds, in many ways, I'm "glad" to have just "visited" these places in my mind, helped by the video / audio footage. In some cases, when I had a VR headset, I "visited" some places in VR, which were as immersive as technology allows.
Yes he could either upon arriving in china, all the beautiful chinese girls flock around me and start attacking me with kisses and hugs, treating me like a famous superstar. I'm sure this is what a lot of male travelers are hoping for. However, in reality, I would probably be just another stupid tourist, and the only girls who talk to me are part of a scam gang. Fast forward an hour and I realize that my wallet is gone, just like those lovely ladies who just wanted to take a picture with "the exotic alien".
What I'm trying to say is that, since I'm an anti-social loser "at home" (here, that is), I highly doubt that a change of scenery would change anything about it. Frankly, I have no interest in walking around with a camera and shopping in stores selling items identical to tourists, and I have often wondered what it is to travel and how there can be so many people who pay so much money and spend so much time, energy and enthusiasm.
It would be another matter if I was particularly invited by a royalty, or if I was rich with my own super-yacht, or if I had to inspect one of my factories or something like that. There would then be a good reason for me to be there, rather than desperately hoping that "good things" would happen to me simply because I was moving away from the place. where is my house.