Do you Tweet on holiday?


I have to admit that I Tweet from pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the beauty of the medium is that you don't know if I am on the toilet or in the theatre, at my desk or naked in my bed. Or, for that matter, even on holiday. A survey from online travel site reckons that British holiday makers in particular are failing to relax while vacationing because they insist on sending updates to Twitter while away.

How sitting on a beach somewhere with an iPhone in one hand and a cold drink in the other constitutes failing to relax is beyond me. Heck, sending all my friends (virtual or otherwise) a Tweet saying "having a great time, wish you were here" sure beats the hugely non-relaxing task of writing postcards to them all.

According to the Lastminute survey, around half of Brits will check email or send texts while on holiday, with 42 percent of the younger generation updating blogs or Twitter feeds. A figure that is expected to go upwards this year with the recession forcing more people to spend their holidays in the UK rather than splash out on overseas travel.

As for the suggestion that I should take a "Long Tweekend" and turn off all my gadgets for a couple of days break, have they gone mad? I probably would, go totally insane that is, if I were to be completely gadget free for 24 hours let alone a full weekend.

I take a netbook and mobile broadband dongle with me on family vacations, but I do not let it interfere with my relaxation. It just means that instead of banging my head against the wall when I cannot sleep at night (I am something of an insomniac) because I have been yanked away from my usual routine, I can immerse myself in a little late night working while the family sleeps. I take my iPhone away with me not only to be able to keep in touch in case of emergencies with friends and family alike, but also to keep in touch with my wider virtual network of friends. I actually find it relaxing to share my thoughts and discoveries with people like this, what's wrong with that?

At least I now know that I am not alone, that a large number of folk are actually just the same as me. Which begs the question, do you Tweet on holiday?

About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

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