A Web Worker's Vacation

My recent cross-country train trip was a lot of fun. I got to see family and some old friends, and came back relaxed, which is hard to do when flying these days. Here are some suggestions for a good vacation.…

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Singletasking Tip: Go Off Grid

For the past four days, as far as my social network, email and IM contacts were concerned, I disappeared completely. No, I didn't unplug all my devices or sit in the dark with my power cut off, or even have to exert any willpower. I simply took a trip, up beyond the range of my cell phone carrier's data network, to northern Ontario's cottage country. The cottage my family visits there is not only beyond cell phone range, it also has no cable, no satellite and no local dial-up service available. What better setting for getting some web work done than at a remote location surrounded by nature and devoid of any Internet access?…

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You Deserve a Vacation!

Palms and crystal clear water. White powder and blue skies. Camels and rippling sand dunes. Whatever your idea of a perfect vacation, if you're not on a permanent salary, your dream getaway can all too easily stay that way: a dream. If you don't get paid leave, taking a holiday involves a number of issues. But if you can get over these hurdles, you'll be on track to check out and kick back...…

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Surviving Spring Break Week with Kids

I love Spring Break... when there's a trip involved. Alas, I haven't taken a real vacation since Spring Break 2002. Sure, my family took a road trip from Dallas to San Antonio and Austin last year, but that was no vacation between the drive and a volleyball tournament (the real reason for the trip). If you're one of the lucky ones taking a vacation, here are some tips for packing. This year, one kid has driver's ed classes for the week, another takes a test and some have a few appointments. So this Spring Break gives us an opportunity to catch up and do things that we don't want to do during the school year. But that doesn't mean the thought of the younger two staying home all week doesn't stress me out. The 5-year-old and 10-year-old argue, then come growling or crying into Mom's office. So what can you do to manage kids during Spring Break if you stay home?…

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