Managing Things at Home

By Bill Hutchinson
This item appears on page 57 of the April 2018 issue.

Bill Hutchinson of Signal Hill, California, wrote, “A traveler’s info request that was printed in the ‘Person to Person’ section of the March 2018 issue should probably be moved to ITN’s Calling All Readers! section. The traveler wrote, ‘From anyone who has done a world cruise, we would like to hear how you arranged things at home for the four months you were away.’

“I have had the same question, not necessarily involving a world cruise but about being away from home for more than 30 days and on international travel. One key component — many people handle bills through the use of online banking/billing, but since the USPS will hold one’s mail for only 30 days, how do they handle their mail in an extended vacation period?

“I’m sure other travelers would be interested in the solutions as well.”

Extended-trip travelers, tell us what arrangements you make to collect mail, pay bills, watch the house, etc. If you’re a subscriber, email or write to Managing Things at Home During an Extended Trip, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. (Include your mailing address, where you receive ITN.)