Typically I try to be finished with a project before traveling. Time away from the writing routine has a habit of sending a war storm through the pages of a story in progress. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I took my holiday trip about the time I was starting the last third of my novel. Though I was able to work on it a little, the storm front certainly swept in. Luckily I've dealt with this type of weather before and know how to fight my way through the elements.
After a long week, the path ahead once again looks clear.