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Unplug and Unwind ... Really?

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Just how do you avoid working on vacation?

Though my Christmas break from work has begun, I find myself spending 20 to 30 minutes a day on the computer, checking work email, tweeting for various accounts, all in an effort not to feel totally overwhelmed once I’m back in the office after the New Year. I also do it to keep up the momentum of newly created Twitter accounts.

Is this what other professionals deem a "working vacation?" Once you assume responsibilities that no one else at your business attends to, how easy, or possible, is it to truly unplug?

Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick guides for women travelers, and editor of, makes some pretty good points in her article “Unplugging While Traveling”:

  • I never carry my laptop on international trips.
  • I have an awesome assistant who handles all of my phone messages, email, snail mail and website issues while I’m traveling.
  • I carry books (usually digital versions) and I take time to read rather than surfing the internet.
  • I don’t Tweet or log in to Facebook when I’m traveling.
  • If I’m traveling without Jon, we set up times when we can connect via phone or Skype

I gotta get on that assistant thing …