Why travel? If we stop to question why it is that we travel, we find that the answer isn't as easy to arrive at as an airport. The common idea behind travel is that we are getting closer to something. Visiting a distant land so that we can be in it's presence and experience it in person.
With this burning desire to arrive at a destination, the travelling part of travel is often eliminated. Air travel makes it so easy to hop the distances and arrive at a new location. It eliminates the hardships that often have to be over come when travelling. Yes, I know, airports are no picnic but it really isn't the same as mentally gearing up to cross the expanse of the globe that it would take for me to go from San Francisco to Rome, for example. Travel has become, in a sense boring. The traveler doesn't have the opportunity to experience the "travel". Trips have become all about arriving.
I distinctly recall a trip to Egypt where my family and I boarded a small jet plane in attempts to reach a corner of the country not accessible any other way. It was horrific. There was turbulence and noises that convinced me we were going down any moment, but those were the memories in the making. That fear, adrenalin and finally the arrival that made that a memorable trip. It is in the travel that memories are also made. So remember, once you get off the plane, make sure you really travel.