The travel industry is like any other - they will say and do whatever they have to in order to get people to part with their pesos. This includes advertising, propaganda, social pressure and shaming. Anything to get a piece of the trillion dollar per year global travel pie.
Over the past few decades the industry has spent large to create a narrative in which all humans for all time have always yearned to be somewhere else. As the story goes, it is always better to be anywhere except where you presently happen to be.
If you don't travel, or want to travel, there is something wrong with you.
Don't get me wrong - I have traveled in my life and enjoyed it a great deal. But it is hardly a pre-requisite to being a good person or having a fulfilling life.
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung
Some say that travel is an education unto itself, and it can be when approached as a learning experience rather than just a diversion. But just as it is possible to pass through school and learn very little, one can have traveled and not learned from the experience.
When spending money is the goal, our focus is always directed outward and away from ourselves. The answers are always over there. But in order to really figure this life and our place in it, we have to go the other way. We have to go within.
Our inner space cannot be commodified, which is why we mostly ignore its existence, or the rewards of plunging its depths right where we are at.
The secrets of our selves, and the universe, are in us and freely available. They can be revealed to anyone willing to live consciously and turn their attention away from trinkets, baubles and other distractions.
Everything you need is right at home. Right in your area, your neighbourhood, your mind.