Leave to Samuel Johnson to be totally practical and utilitarian about travel. His quote reads,
"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are."
Obviously then, he sees travel as a way to, sort of, put the face with the name, to find out directly what things are like, rather than take someone else’s word for it. I suppose there is some truth in the statement, for often, things do not live up to expectations. But the sentiment is too pragmatic for me. I travel because I love it and enjoy seeing and experiencing new places. I am certainly motivated differently than Mr Johnson.