This question came to me while reading the thread about London in the setting development section.
Is it pointless to write about a place you never been to, or is it like writing about anything else you don't know? (you'll find out)
Can you set a story in a city/country you have never been to or is it going to fail inevitably?
Can research and googling be enough, maybe if you're the kind of writer that doesn't write a whole lot of description of the setting? Not everyone of us can go visit the place we want to write about, especially if it's on another continent, and even if we could, there's always someone that will claim you have to live there to know it.
Are we limited to write about our own hometowns then, or places where we have actually been living for at least a couple of years?
Somehow that sounds sooo boring to me.