I have not possessed a passport since 1999. When anyone suggests foreign travel to me, as if it is a good thing, I give them my stock answer:
“Travel doesn’t broaden the mind, it only spreads your narrow-mindedness over a larger area”. (Is this from Chesterton?)
We definitely need holidays in order to stay fresh. Often a change is as good as a rest.
A monk once asked God to show him Heaven in a dream. God granted him his wish, and all night, the monk dreamt he was in his monastery surrounded by his brothers praying the psalms. This was like a nightmare for the poor monk, who expected something more profound.
The monk awoke furious with God. “I wanted to see Heaven”, he exclaimed in heartfelt prayer. “All you’ve done is show me my current life!”
God replied: ” You poor fool, you and those monks are not IN Heaven.
Heaven is IN them!”