Right now, I am relatively 'unplugged.'  My computer at home is not working.  So, no iTunes, no gossip sites, no long emails, and no shopping!  I now realize, I spend way too much time on the computer at home, and way too much money on stuff I don't need.  I can answer important emails on my phone, and am staying relatively in touch that way.

I am not a big 'tech' person, but having my computer down makes me realize just how dependent I am on it.  I don't like it.  I was kind of nervous for the first few days without my computer.  Now, I am spending more time with the kids, I've gotten more laundry done, and sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine more.

I am not saying I am going to stay unplugged, but when my computer at home gets fixed, I am going to try and only use it when needed.  That includes big sales at Nordstroms. If this is too hard for you to do, then try baby steps.  Leave the computer behind on your next vacation!

According to a neuropsychologist, staying connected to the internet will ruin your vacation.   The expert says  being "on-call" via telephone and e-mail during a vacation detracts from one's ability to de-stress and recharge.

Dr. Munro Cullum says even taking a short break can be rejuvenating, but significant de-stressing may take several days "just to get ourselves used to the idea of relaxing."