While it is important to understand a person’s background and character before you go on a trip, the fact is that we can’t fully understand another person until we have visited firsthand.
The author of the article makes a great point. We need to truly understand someone before jumping into their life story or character. The author is not saying that you need to know everything about an individual before visiting them. But by visiting firsthand you will gain a deeper understanding of the individual and the person you are visiting.