One of the most complicated parts of traveling is this concept that you can become someone 'different' or ideally 'better' through the process of doing it.
As if the planning, culture, photos, stories, summits, waves & food will in some way change you. But the harsh reality is that you can leave & come back the same ignorant person if you filter every experience by perpetuating what other people have done before you. Leaving no room for the unknown to occur (which is where the growth happens) I know this well... because I've done it many times in my life, always hoping I would be a better person through my travels. It took me many years to realize that that process of becoming someone better starts before you leave your front door.