I read this on the blog of a band I quite like and well, quite liked it.
"Oh the places we've gone! If you are a retiree, escaped convict, or post-college vagabond and are looking for a beautiful city to grow old and die in that seems like its on another planet then I believe Stockholm is the place. But let me burst my own balloon for a minute and tell you what's on the plate; With this European touring lifestyle many friends from back home really think we've got it made. And I ain't gonna lie, it ain't bad to wake up in a new city everyday and explore. You get snippets of people and towns to toss in the memory suitcase. But after a while you start feeling a little weird and well...touristy, even soulless. We have this idea that Europeans are more cultured than Americans and that they view us as having less exposure to the rest of the world. And that is probably true. But do you need to physically go all over the place to gain exposure to a culture? Generally speaking, great thinkers over history didn't travel the world, they stayed home and read. They weren't ignorant. Some people use their travels as escapism, an accomplishment to validate themselves. What I'm getting at here is that there is nothing you can't learn from your living room. Don't sensationalize travel. Where your mind is is more important than where your body is. People tell the best stories about the places they know inside and out. Right? "