How to Forward Your E-mail When You Travel

E-mail servers have the option of forwarding all incoming e-mail if you know that you’re going to be traveling with your laptop for a while and want to pick up your e-mail messages at another e-mail address. This is known as e-mail forwarding, and your ISP may offer it as a free service, or your company or business may have it available as a feature.

For example, if you know that you’re going to be out for three weeks, you can have your e-mail forwarded to your Web-based e-mail account for that time. Any e-mail coming into your regular account is immediately redirected to that other account. That way, you don’t miss a thing.

There is, sadly, a problem with forwarding your e-mail, which is why you may not find it available as an option. Occasionally, e-mail gets stuck in the space-time continuum, in what’s scientifically referred to as an endlessly forwarding loop. Your mail gets forwarded to you, which then reforwards the mail back to you, which then repeats the process. Eventually the system becomes clogged with e-mail, and when the IT guys figure things out, they just delete your e-mail account to fix things. That’s a bad thing.

So, if e-mail forwarding is an option, look into it. But be careful to ensure that your e-mail is being forwarded to a real account and isn’t just lost in a loop. In, fact, test things by forwarding all your e-mail a day or so before you’re set to leave so that you can ensure that everything works.

Refer to your ISP for more information on e-mail forwarding. Sometimes it’s something you can set up for yourself, such as an option to choose on the ISP’s e-mail Web site. Sometimes it’s something that someone there may have to configure for you. Sometimes it’s just not available.