Vacationing without an iPad? We chose to do just that last year on both of our longer trips and I cannot say that we missed the thing one bit. Sure it is nice to have access to games, email, internet, etc, but there is something to be said about quiet too.
A friend shared this article, The Joy of Quiet, from the New York Times early last month and it really hit the spot for me. Although I am probably not as apt to go as extreme as the author of the article, I do find myself more than many of my friends seeking quiet. And with my connection to all things tech (iPhone, iPad, computer, etc), I find the need to be away from these things on occasion to have a bit of peace. Much of the time spent on the internet could be spent in many other ways.
Some people spend lots of money to find quiet in the lap of luxury, however quiet can be found in the simplest of places. One of my favorite places is the hiking trail just behind our home. The other place I love is the beach right in front of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay that is quite extraordinary. There is free public access beach parking and the view is breathtaking. Yes, you could indulge at the Ritz or you could simply take a walk along the ocean and enjoy the view. There is something to be said about getting out and enjoying nature.