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How vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

Joyce m. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

In this Oct. 12, 2012, photo, provided by Mike Scanlin, small business owner Scanlin poses for a photo on the trail to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Changes in technology have made it possible for vacationing small business owners to never be out of touch, unless they decide to go to a part of the world without enough cellphone towers, bandwidth or electricity. (Courtesy of Mike Scanlin via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Technology means vacationing small business owners never have to be out of touch — unless they're someplace where there's no connectivity.

A recent survey of small business owners and managers released by American Express found that the vast majority said they check in by phone or email while on vacation. But nearly a quarter don't check in.

Some leave the business in trusted hands, though that's more common with more mature businesses than newer ones. Some owners find out by surprise that the connections as they're traveling aren't what they hoped for or expected.

Many say being unplugged can be a risk, but can be worth it to recharge their own batteries.