This is a big reason why I travel. Yes, I love to see new places. Yes, I love to go to warm weather whenever I get the chance (I live in Chicago... I know you understand.) But a large part of why we choose those new warm places is to learn about new cultures, and to remember that the world is both very big, and very small. Someone way smarter than me once said that travel is the antidote to prejudice. I believe that with my whole heart. Learning about new places - their cultures, environments, people - makes you less fearful of the world. I think fear drives prejudice. Whatever we can do to keep that fear from taking over our lives will make the world a better and safer place.
So, go. See new places. Try new things. Meet new people. The world will thank you for it.