We love this New York Times Magazine essay by Julia Cho about why attending conferences can be more powerful than a vacation. The time away, she says, offers the perfect blend of learning, social interaction, and reflection.

“Vacations provide an escape; the best conferences give me momentum,” she writes. “For a little while, I forget about my aging parents, my daughter’s looming college search and my own midlife malaise. I think about possibilities instead of obligations.”

Read her entire essay here.