For fun I Google mapped the distance from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. It was about 5 miles – though Google Maps could not trip route it. Then I Googled Babylon (Iraq) to Jerusalem, and it was about 500 miles (as the crow flies), but again Google could not trip route that distance.
The Magi travelled, most likely from Babylon (in current day Iraq) by the roads of the Fertile Crescent – well over 500 miles. That is because of a Star and the memory of a prophecy of a King. The Scribes did not bother to go from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, though they had the text in front of them, and some interesting travelling companions – it was only 5 miles.
How far are you willing to go to find wisdom?