I love to travel. However, going on a cruise was not travelling. It was a vacation.
travel (v) - make a journey, typically of some length or abroad
vacation (n) - an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home
Going on vacation may involve travel, but travel does not always equal vacation.
In high school and college, I spent several months working and living in a different place (once in Hungary and once in South Dakota). Both locations offered plenty of tourist attractions, but in both instances I spent a good amount of time building a community and making friends (not just sightseeing). I had a job and a purpose in my presence. I did not just receive but I was able to give to the community. This is how I prefer to travel.