In normal countries, all this travelling and visiting is carried out “in house”. In their quest to reach ultimate “Alpha Male” status, politicians jaw-jaw with local power-brokers, shake a few hands, talk up some ravenous crowds into frenzies of support, or smooch a few uncooperative babies.
The reason for all this is simple; more than anything else, politics may really be about a game aimed at the pursuit of "power equilibriums"...
In George Orwell’s 1984, such equilibrium was “internal”.
In the absence of a stabilizing effect of the state, someone has to pay to maintain the country’s internal power equilibrium. Yet, since the Zombies of the “Inner Parties” have little value economically, the “Proles” cannot afford to fund such social parasitism.
So the support can only be external, and each leader has to find patrons to support this political addiction. To a certain extent, all our politicians become pawns in the regional chess game. They can at best try to be opportunistic.
With all the patronage pouring in from outside
But there is no magic pill, and someday, all those different patrons will ask for payments for the “services” they rendered. And then;
What will happen when all those bills come due?