Who has time (or money) for a vacation anymore? There’s just not enough free time in the month for your typical hardcore geek to unstick him or herself from that butt indentation in the office chair, throw some Threadless t-shirts into a bag, and travel to parts unknown. No, there’s email to check. Digital dungeons to stomp! Desktop files to organize!
Before you emit a frustrated sigh and close this article from the realization that, yes, our lives are truly just like that, fret not. For I have visited many a location across this great wide Internet, and I come back from my cyber-vacation with riches to behold. You don’t need to take a real-life vacation, because everything you’ve ever needed for a digital vacation is but a few keystrokes away.
It's tough to enjoy the sand and palm trees when you're busy hammering out an email or text message to your boss, but for most, that's exactly what ends up happening when on vacation. According to the second annual Mobile Messaging Study conducted by Osterman Research, some 79 percent of respondents said they take their work-related devices with them to the Bahamas, or wherever else it is they're vacationing.
"Mobile messaging has become crucial to businesses and employees alike, but constant access to email makes it difficult for some workers to unwind," said Michael Osterman, president of Osterman Research. "Mobile access to email is certainly a critical aspect of how we do business now, but it is important to remember that there is a time and place for everything."
Nevertheless, work often gets in the way of finding some downtime. Almost half of all respondents admitted to traveling up to 10 miles to check email during a vacation, and more than one third even check their mail on a mobile device during vacation activities like skiing, horseback riding, and biking, Osterman Research reports.
We're down to the last month of summertime and retail stores have already dug out their back-to-school displays. If you've been putting off that dream vacation you had planned for 2008, you better get moving. Don't know where to go? Consider one of the top vacation spots for geeks as assembled by InformationWeek.
The news outlet has compiled an interesting list of unique getaway destinations suitable for the prototypical modern day tech and sci-fi enthusiast. Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? If so, book a flight for New Zealand and schedule a Lord of the Rings Tour. The brochure promises "breathtaking scenery captured on film by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Explore Middle Earth and other famous LOTR film locations".
If you're more of a Star Trek fan, stay stateside and get your geek on in a 50,000 square foot interactive tribute to the series that has spanned over 40 years. Destinations are yet to be announced, but the tour will travel to 40 cities in the next 5 years, with a list of 2008 locales coming soon.
Other recommended spots include the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a three- or six-day Space Academy program, a jaunt to Puerto Rico to view the 20-acre reflector on the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, and more.
Know of a geeky destination not listed? Let us know about it!