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My wife and I got back from our vacation last night, and one of the first things I did after getting home was to plug the DSL modem, wireless router and computer back in, turn them on and see what I'd missed on the Internet.

I'd barely logged on during the trip: a few quick sessions at hotel Internet terminals, mainly to book a couple of flights, and a few minutes of checking baseball scores at a public-access laptop on the world's slowest wireless connection at the airport in Beijing. I generally try to stay offline when I'm traveling for fun; that seems a basic part of the whole get-away-from-your-usual-routine bit of a vacation.

After those 12 days of minimal connectivity, though, seeing hundreds of e-mail messages and RSS-newsfeed headlines scrolling across my own computer's screen was a bit of a rush. Despite my jet lag, I wound up staying up later than I'd planned, catching up on the things that I'd missed--and, for good measure, also downloading the pictures we'd taken and reading a few Wikipedia entries on some of the places we'd visited.

This seems to happen every time I come home after a vacation... and I can't help wondering if I'm not acting a little too much like an addict tumbling off the wagon on these occasions.

Do you find yourself doing the same thing after returning from a journey? Or do you just stay connected wherever you are?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 12, 2007; 10:05 AM ET
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