Getting connected and exchanging e-mail on the road is a big issue for
many of today's wired travelers.
If you're traveling domestically and have an account with a national
Internet service provider (ISP) like AOL, MSN, or AT&T WorldNet, find-
ing connections should be easy. However, you may have to pay long-
distance tolls when you're away from heavily populated areas.
Things get iffy when you're traveling overseas, because most domes-
tic ISPs don't have foreign access numbers—and when they do, the dial-in
points may be isolated and subject to high roaming fees.
Often, the simplest way to get connected is to visit a cybercafe where
you can rent time on a computer. Then go to:
With MailStart, you can send, receive, and reply to mail at your
regular POPS (Internet mail) account back home just by entering
your e-mail address and password on a Web page. It works
beautifully—and it's free!
Of course, you'll need to find a cybercafe first, by consulting the
The Cybercafe Search Engine
The last time I checked, this database contained more than 2500
cybercafes and 2000 public Internet kiosks in 121 countries.