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By the time you read this post, I will be on day four of a 10-day vacation – one week and the surrounding weekends.  My sister Sandy and I will be in Lake Lure, N.C. for what we hope will be some interesting sightseeing, relaxation, reading, eating, spa’ing… the usual vacation activities.

Except for one thing.  My need (or perceived need) to pop on to email and check out Facebook and Twitter; and let’s not forget the newest member of the social media family, Google Plus.

Sandy is a schoolteacher and other than an occasional professional development session, can usually block out work for the entire summer.  She gets my need to check-in but really wishes it wasn’t necessary.  But I think it is… or is it?

So for today’s Tip, I’m asking for some help.  What do you do to unplug when you’re on vacation?  Do you give yourself a little time online or can you be away from it completely?  If all goes well, I won’t see these responses until I get back to the office (unless I can sneak a quick peak while Sandy is taking a nap!)

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

6 Comments

  1. Mike Padgett says:

    When we travel, we rarely set a daily schedule for things to do. We prefer serendipity, like wandering local museums, finding local restaurants (chains not allowed), local used bookstores, antique stores, browsing farmers markets, local history tours.

    If you’re near a beach, watch the sunset over the ocean. ‘Course, this is possible only at the Pacific Ocean beaches.

    We carry our laptops, too, because we have always stayed connected. Prefer that to returning from vacation to a mountain of emails. It’s a personal choice.

  2. Michelle Glicksman says:

    Take the time to decompress! It’s good for you! I say take a few minutes each morning or night (or both, if you really must), just to glance at your emails so that you feel in the loop and don’t come home to a mountain of things to catch up on (ruins the relaxation of vacay!), but other than that, unplug! Otherwise, it’s just a working vacation.

    And don’t forget the most important part–have fun.

  3. On my vacations, I don’t totally unplug, but I do try to keep it to a minimum. Even when I was in Europe last year, I would check Facebook/Twitter every couple of days…

  4. I think it’s fine to check in. Just allow a tiny bit of time in your day for it. Turn off the notification sound on your phone. If someone desperately needs you, they will call. What we all desperately need is time to truly fill our own buckets. (And for you, part of a full bucket is online engagement…that’s not all bad!) I hope you love every amazing hour of your time away, Abbie!

  5. I agree with Mike. I don’t like to return to a computer full of e-mail. I can always find a ballgame somewhere to relax.

  6. On vacation, I set up an out-of-office auto email reply and then disconnect my email account from my Blackberry. I still log on to a computer once or twice a day (if I can!) to keep in touch. If I was totally disconnected, I would worry too much about what I was missing!

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