Not a writing retreat, but a vacation or business trip. Do you find time to write? Or does it mess with your normal schedule so much that you can't manage to do it? Tomorrow I'm leaving for an anthropology conference in Ohio until Sunday. I've got my own room, which seems odd as I can't remember the last time I went away for a trip and had my own room. I don't know what I'm going to do without Eli or Alice to harass!
The way I figure it, since I don't know a soul at this conference, is I'll have oodles of time in the evenings after research presentations to write. Will that happen? Who knows. This hotel has free internet, so that could either hurt by distracting me, or help because it will keep me glued to my computer. I don't know if I'll be able to get into 'the zone' by not being in my environment. But sometimes that can be helpful. No pile of dishes or stack of laundry to distract me from writing.
There are also tools that can help people write in unsual places, like Alphasmarts. I've got one, but I can't find the %#^*$ cord. I refuse to type on that, just to retype it again because I can't upload it. Then there's the consideration of flights. A three hour flight might be long enough to justify pulling out the laptop, but will the seat be too cramped? How long will the evil battery last?
So tell me, do you write on vacations or business trips? Or do you use it as a time to reboot your creativity?