This is not a discussion about technology per se. Rather, my use of the terms "unplug" and "stay connected" relates to the extent to which we stay connected to the world-at-large on our summer vacation(s). This could mean not reading newspapers (be they on paper or iPad), not surfing the Web (although that also might mean not using online resources that could positively impact your trip), and so on. On what was more or less my summer holiday (as opposed to many work trips during the summer), I did European Delivery in Sindelfingen and then drove to Maastricht, Cologne, Arnhem, and Bremen. I had a MiFi hotspot with me but my use of online technology was different than usual: I read up on places I was going to, I posted a few photos for friends, but I didn't spend hours reading e-mail or news. (In fact, I started getting all my news in 100 seconds thanks to the Tagesschau in 100 Sekunden.) What did you do? (I wrote a much longer essay on this topic, if anyone wants to read it: How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Plugged In and Tuned Out) and a few photos from the trip are below.