The two notions are not mutually exclusive. I live in England, near Wales, yet I sometimes like to travel to London (my daughter lives in London), and Europe. Distances are shorter in the UK than in the USA. A good car journey to London would take me 2 hours, probably 4 or 5 hours from the further reaches of Wales to London.
When I was young, in my 20s, I lived in London for about 3 years but now I am on the edge of countryside near a biggish city.