A different kind of staycation

Last week we wrapped up Structure 2012, our fifth annual Internet Infrastructure conference. It is difficult to explain how much work goes into putting together an event like Structure. I work with wonderful people who make it all look easy, but that doesn’t mean I get to take it easy. However, earlier this month I promised to myself that once Structure was over, I was going to take a little break.

Most people would take a break from their jobs and go for a vacation. I am taking a whole different kind of vacation. let’s call it an extreme staycation. Only that I will stay in San Francisco.

Summer is a terrible time to go somewhere. There are too many tourists everywhere. I personally find October and February two of the best months to get away. Anyway I like the weather in San Francisco Bay Area. It is warm and cold at the same time.

The sound of fog horn, great coffee, and walking alongside lapping waves – isn’t that what we do when on vacation. We don’t have any routine. We enjoy the vacation days by living at a languid pace, giving our bodies and minds to slowdown. So that is exactly what I am going to do.

For rest of the summer – well that is up until the first week of September, I am not going to make any plans. No appointments. No planned meetings. No planned trips. I want to wake up every morning and have no routine. Instead, I am going to let serendipity take control of my life. Why? Because I believe that a strict regimen sometimes comes in the way of creative thinking. I need to let my brain breathe and rejuvenate without worrying about deadlines or fretting over news.

Next few weeks are all about words – consuming & creating lots of words.


  1. Dave Logan (@theloganshow) says:

    August 6th, 2012 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Exploring San Francisco is the best vacation. Spending time on Mt. Tam is a great recharger.

  2. Andy Abramson (@andyabramson) says:

    July 12th, 2012 at 2:17 pm Reply

    My brother of the blog..I’m sorta doing the same thing, but I went to Europe and work some part of the day, go to wineries, work out, and then work more, then find a nice place to sit and read, while I sit back and enjoy some amazingly fresh fish, some nice wine, and talk to people who look at my iPad like it’s a Martian. I see the ocean from my deck, have a Turkish bath after my workout, and feel the love of life again…See you in September…unless you want to see how I blend wine in August. Yes, i totally get your idea of staycation, I just stay elsewhere :-)

  3. Leap2 (@leap2net) says:

    July 5th, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Amen. Tried a extreme staycation here in KC yesterday. The only the extreme about it was the heat: 104 degrees. Going to try this again, next week in SF. Please leave the Pacific A/C on.

  4. Hunter Walk says:

    June 27th, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply

    1. i applaud
    2. i own staycation.com if you want to chronicle your time there :)

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 27th, 2012 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Awesome idea. :0 group blog for staycationers?

  5. Lloyd Dewolf says:

    June 27th, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I’m hoping your cation doesn’t include a break from writing. I rely on your cadence! ;-)

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 27th, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

      I will try and be very focused in what I write though.

  6. Chris Gammell says:

    June 27th, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply

    That sounds like a delightfully long staycation and one that could end up providing lots if rest and inspiration. Any plans to avoid media or internet? I’m always curious about how that affects peoples’ creativity and output.

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 27th, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

      None of those things. not making any appointments and essentially writing as and when fancy strikes me. IN addition, taking time to reach out to the more meaningful people in my life.

  7. Jack Holt, Whit.li (@jacks_whitli) says:

    June 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Doing the same thing next week. Kid’s away, holiday week…works. The only difference is that I’ll be in Austin – where only the scene is cool..JH

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 27th, 2012 at 6:26 pm Reply

      Excellent. Enjoy some of the downtime.

  8. Leona Sky (@makesureyouknow) says:

    June 27th, 2012 at 2:45 am Reply

    Enjoy your staycation Om!

  9. eideard says:

    June 26th, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Let me channel the health genie.

    Lots of walking around in new parts of the city, walking around old parts of the city you specially love.

    Moderate amounts of healthy food.

    Refresh the whole Om. i have no concern over you shirking the intellectual being; but, don’t forget the shell.

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 26th, 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply

      Amen to that Eideard.

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