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.