You equate a couple of things that I don't, it seems.
I've been off for about 10 days, and today's the first day of it that my wife and I have had to ourselves.
*Now* we might be starting to have a vacation.
Back to the subject: I take my smartphone for communication and navigation (and sometimes translation, depending on where we go), and my tablet for reading the news and listening to music. I have my laptop along to burn some CDs with wedding photos for various relatives, and because one dev team at work just couldn't stand not scheduling a release during my time off, so I'll have to spend one day working, but I've not yet so much as taken it out of my bag, and won't do so until 3 or 4 January, after which it'll get put away again until I go back to work on the 15th.
Being connected can be entertaining and/or useful while on holiday. Being connected to work while on holiday is right out, unless it absolutely cannot be avoided.