According to the Quran, God is very close to ALL of us (refer verse in picture below).
He is with us all the time, the rich, the poor, the good looking the not so good looking - The concept of The Merciful God.
We do not need to travel far, spend a single sen to get to him. He is in every home we reside in and every country we chose to be a citizen to.
That is why, in achieving Taqwa ( Piety/God-Consciousness) , pilgrimage or Haj is not listed in 2 :177. When we have money we are asked to "give wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; ".
I am not surprised that Haj is not mandatory(unless u can afford it) to Muslims. God is Merciful.