An auto-responder that says, “I’m sunning myself on a pristine beach in Santorini and will have limited access to e-mail until Tuesday” might be an accurate reflection of your travel plans. It’s also going to make you look like an asshole.
New York magazine has a list of some of the worst kinds of vacation email auto-responders, and says if you must have one, it should simply say that you’re out of the office and will return on [x] date. Plus maybe another contact for emergencies.
I have never used a vacation email auto-responder! Probably because if I’m on vacation and have access to the Internet, I’ll probably be checking my email anyway—but probably not responding if it’s not urgent. There are also some people who are really good at writing very funny auto-responders but I am not one of them.
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