Is that about right? This is never going to deviate, right? (At least not with this scenario?)
nope, those are the steps of each round.
the options during the travel phase come into play in later quests when you have a bigger board and by scouting you can decide where to go next/don't have to travel through each safe location individually.
even when you don't travel, you still perform all the steps even if you skip them. for example you can still play cards during the hero phase even without enemies, but focus won't go down (that only happens in the encounter aftermath when you complete an encounter) etc.