I just got back from a week long trip to Asheville and the Great Smokey Mountains. It was fantastic. North Carolina has it all; beauty, culture, and natural wonder. I drove from Washington DC, my goal simply to explore and relax over a long Memorial weekend. On the drive I heard a few radio shows talking about the work vacation. Because of the economy, it sounds like people are afraid to step away from the office for fear that it will make them look bad, and then (maybe) they'll be targeted for layoffs. Some folks must be really stressed out about their jobs! So the work around, of course, is more technology and connectivity. The radio shows spoke to all the usual stuff like checking email all the time from your mobile phone.
I'm pleased to report that MY personal experience with the work vacation was good! I brought my laptop which was already set-up with the files I needed. I made sure that I got as much work done as I could before I left. I communicated to everyone that I was going away, and how I could be contacted... there's plenty of connectivity in North Carolina. During my trip, I needed about six hours to make sure that my client was happy. Some design details on the project got refined and I was able to spend most of my trip relaxing without a single worry.
Now that I've got my vacation workflow in place I'm ready for summer. I can't wait to check out the beaches later this summer. Now, I'm contemplating sending my resume to Carolina companies. Let's see what happens.