Ok, I'm reading the comments section on the blog post and I'm getting worried about y'all. First, I didn't mean to imply that you take the accoutrements of your writing life on vacation, and that you be ready to spring into action at the beck and call of an agent.
I just took a week's vacation, turned off the phone, didn't look at the email, and let me tell you it was GREAT.
Writers should do that too.
Nor do I suggest that you hover at your inbox waiting for a reply for months on end.
Clearly I need to work on my writing skills if that was what I conveyed!
First, if you go on vacation and an email arrives, just let it sit there. You don't need to tell me you'll get back to me after a sundrenched spin around the Caribbean. (in fact, if I know which ship, I may come down and get the manuscript in person---you booked a big cabin right?)
Second, if you know you are going on vacation (and you SHOULD!! go on vacation) just send your queries out afterwards.
Third, don't pack your USB drive in your luggage which the airline will lose. That is, in fact, what happened to the last querier who sent me an email saying she'd get back to me later. We had a laugh over that, she'll send the ms when she gets back, and life will go on.
Now, I'm off to remedial writing school for a quick brush up on clarity. The rest of you go look at Travelzoo.com that lists last minute travel deals, and take what appears to be a MUCH NEEDED chill out!