I used to have a disdainful attitude towards folks who found it difficult to venture much outside of their localities, operating primarily within their comfort zones.
Perhaps this is related to the fact that the word “local” is used in disparaging terms in many Nigerian derived circles. I still believe that travel can broaden the mind. There is no doubt that folks who are widely travelled are likely to be open minded and urbane in their outlooks and interactions with others.
Nowadays, I am less inclined towards perambulating across London in the way that I used to. I guess my priorities have changed. It is possible that my mind is oversaturated with experiences from the times when I used to get out and about all the time.
Having said this, I don’t think I would want to trade in the options I have, to live in a smaller town with fewer sights to see or things to do. I’m always bemused when I hear of friends and colleagues who decide to up sticks to live out of London.
It can be fun to visit these places and spend a short while hanging out, but nothing beats living in a city whose population could be regarded as a microcosm of the human race as a whole.