I Am Currently Away From the Office

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.

Spring Break

The business of spring break.

PTO in the USA

Pacific Standard is reminding us that the vacation policies in the U.S. could be vastly improved, and although Congressman Alan Grayson Paid Vacation Act is unlikely to pass, we should start thinking about how to improve our time-off practices (though we're still better off than Japan).

Robinson Crusoe Island

Life right now is an odd balance of privations and possessions. There are no newspapers, broadband is hopeless and there’s neither a bank nor an ATM. But there is a radio station, several restaurants and two breweries (the Archipiélago lager is excellent). The island isn’t used to tourism and, on occasions, it shows. The fisherman who was due to take me to out at 9am went fishing without me – at 5am. Fortunately, another boat, skippered by Rodrigo Chamorra and Bruno “El Loco” González, offered to take me, with the warning that they were going to the south of the island – which meant nothing to me but was whispered in a portentous tone – and we would be out till the end of the day.

In the Financial Times, Chris Moss stays on an island in Chile called Robinson Crusoe—which is perfect for vacationers who want to go somewhere where they’ll see very few people and live like a castaway (this is sort of my kind of vacation). Cost of three nights in Santiago and four nights on Robinson Crusoe Island, plus a flight from London: $6,900. Time to start saving, I suppose.

Cruise Prep

Bloomberg Businessweek put together some survival tips to prepare for the next cruise disaster.