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

index at:

The Cybercafe Search Engine

The last time I checked, this database contained more than 2500

cybercafes and 2000 public Internet kiosks in 121 countries.