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Wish you were here

It’s impossible to escape email. Jon Moulton is Down Under, planning some communication ground rules so he can have a proper gap year next time.

Nowadays it seems that 65-year-old(-ish) successful souls must take gap years in distant lands. I haven’t got a spare year, but a six-week tour of New Zealand and some Pacific islands is sating my wanderlust.

I keep meeting (mostly) Brits of a similar age on extended, and sometimes adventurous, trips. However, most have had the wits to retire. So while they may be heavy users of the internet, they don’t suffer the endless flow of emails that hound me.

The nature of leisure has changed for those of even modest success. The instant gratification of communication by email means that no one gives a thought to deciding to send an email. Many inbox pings could vanish without practical effect.

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