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More executives unplug from work while vacationing

Nataly Kelly vacationed far from her office in Lowell, but never far enough to disconnect. She answered e-mails in Morocco, reviewed survey questions in Malaysia, and, on an island off the coast of Chile, responded to a client even as a huge flock of Magellanic penguins waddled and preened nearby.

Then, at the end of a 2010 trip to Ecuador, Kelly’s BlackBerry was stolen, liberating her from answering e-mails and allowing her the simple pleasures of reading a book. Later this month, when she vacations in Europe, she said, she plans to leave her phone in the hotel safe during the day — “not just for the phone’s safety, but for my own.”

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