Microsoft Researcher Danah Boyd has a bunch of tried & tested techniques to make sure you are not tethered to that email inbox while you’re trying to have a vacation.
The idea is simple: turn off your email. Set up a filter and Send all messages to /dev/null (a.k.a. the Trash). Send a bounce message telling people their message wasn’t received and that they should resend it after X date or send you the contents via snail mail. Of course, if you just turn off your email with no warning, you’re bound to piss off your friends, family, colleagues, and clients. So here are some tips to successfully taking an email sabbatical.