Some quotes can be overused, misunderstood, or just lacking connection. If I read these quotes before I had traveled it wouldn't have made sense to me. Now that traveled I understand the power behind the meaning.
1) “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
2) "The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are." - Samuel Johnson
3) “It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are.” - Alain de Botton
In truth, these quotes can only be grasped by traveling. When someone ventures out of their country they leave behind all of the propaganda, misconceptions, and fantasies. In return, they gain something much more rewarding - the truth. Society chooses what they want to magnify or zero in on. Due to cultural differences, most people only see one point of view. For example, some may think ill of some countries in the middle east because of war, antipatriotic videos, and different written language. In reality, many people in those countries are just as welcoming, cultured, and wise. Differences in language usually get lost in translation and are taken negatively. On the flip side, a country like Italy may be romanticized for their food, beautiful climate, and history. While in reality, every bit of that may be true, as the country has their own problems in dealing with racism, poverty, and crime. At the same time, travel may actually match what was imagined, but you only come to that conclusion once one has ventured out to seize it. People have a two-thirds chance of travel being rewarding by either exceeding expectations or meeting them. The one-third keeps those at bay filling them with fear, while others are exploring the world but most importantly themselves. Travel can give those the confidence, courage, and/or realization that we are capable of more than we give ourselves credit for. Choosing not to travel bounds you to a place that doesn't always challenge beliefs. In essence, choosing to travel is choosing to evolve.