Paul Wheaton wrote
If there is an event there for which I am a speaker or something, then I feel like I can justify the trip. But to just go and be a tourist .... my innards are saying "you can't do that - you have too much work to do. And if you have the dollars to fly, you should spend those dollars on projects instead."
Think of going to Hawaii (even if you don't give a talk) as returning the surplus to the "system". All of your handwork and "surplus" has been returning to your system, but you are also part of the system and you must also be sure that some surplus gets returned to you, especially if it revitalizes you. IMHO of course.
(Still getting the hang of the Forum format)