By Sylvia Hsieh
Family law attorney Cynthia Swanson was flipping through a friend’s travel photos one day in 2005 when her friend offered her the chance of a lifetime. “We’re going to Africa next. Wanna come?” “Africa? Yes!” Within three days, Swanson had purchased her plane tickets and committed thousands of dollars to a vacation she hadn’t really thought out. There was no turning back. Like many sole practitioners, Swanson, who has been practicing for 25 years, had never taken a real vacation, one where she would have no phone calls, no e-mails, no contact at all for two whole weeks.