It’s really nice to take a vacation unplugged. To leave it all behind… and to know that there’s nothing you can really do to help out with all those responsibilities you left behind. (Like the responsibility of writing daily blog posts.)
And yet… there are advantages to a vacation that’s not quite unplugged. When you’ve told everyone who depends on you that you’re available in emergencies, and will be checking just in case. Then you’re not bottlenecking everyone while you’re gone.
A not-quite-unplugged vacation gives you the best of both worlds. You’re aware of any work issues. But you’re not on the hook to respond to each and every urgent incoming message demanding your attention. Best of all, you can pick and choose the messages to respond to, at your vacation-enabled pace, so that when you do return, you’re not buried in rampant problems.
(As long as there’s not, like, an actual work emergency, because then you’re not enjoying the rest of that vacation…)