Well, it´s not so glamourous as it seems. He who travels, dreams about settling down somewhere, and he who is settled, with stability, jobs, studying etc dreams of going out. The paradox of holidays. Everyone in the big cities dreaming about a pristine place, an incorrupted farm in the country, or an sleepy fishermen village with a deserted beach, but just try live there a fortnight!
Or then, everyone goes to a sleepy little town on holidays, and voilá, a line of people going to wait at the bakery, lots of people at the checkout line at the supermarket etc. He he.
On the other side, there are friends (and not so friends) everywhere, changing cultures (you adapt or you are in a pretty pickle!) It depends on one´s characteristics.
Anyway, back to your post. What I meant, is that if you have to do it, then make the most of it. Enjoy it!
Just a grammatical aside, in general you know cities/cultures etc and meet/know people.