The result of travel is that it leaves us changed. When we return home, we are not the same person we were when we left. That’s exactly the point. We should be changed by what we saw and experienced, but more importantly by who we met.
“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.”
From our experiences, we should then be able to look at our own home and culture and examine that more closely. We often do this without realizing it, and it can be in the form of reverse culture shock. Once we’re home, we are able to truly analyze the life we used to lead, and change it accordingly based on what we saw, experienced, and learned. We can also take the opportunity to appreciate all that we do have.
So the result of travel is not just what we learned about where we were, but also what we learned about ourselves and the places we were born and raised.