Escapism, we are led to believe, is evidence of a deficiency in character, a certain failure of temperament, and like so many -isms, it is to be strenuously avoided. 'How do you expect to get ahead?,' people ask. But the question altogether misses the point. The escapist doesn't want to get ahead. He simply wants to get away.
There's a reason some paths are well-trodden. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Pyramids in Giza, Machu Picchu near Cusco; everyone wants to see these places. They're special. They speak to all of humanity. And very often, while visiting, you will feel as if you are surrounded by all of humanity. Just roll with it.