From the bloggers at Outside Interests:
During a recent rally I was approached by an Airstreamer who was unhappy because he wasn’t getting his Airstream Life magazine regularly. It turned out that when he and his wife were traveling, they filled out a temporary mail forwarding order with the U.S. Postal Service, and expected that it would work for up to six months as the USPS website claims.
Unfortunately for this Airstreamer, USPS mail forwarding has significant limitations, among which is that they won’t forward periodicals after 60 days. Since Airstream Life is mailed quarterly, he never got his magazines. The post office just tossed them, without even notifying him.
If you’re a frequent traveler, or planning a multi-month trip, you need to find a professional mail forwarding service and use it all the time. This can be a little weird at first, because you’ll need to permanently change your mailing address for everything, to the address of the mail forwarding service. That means you won’t get mail delivered directly to your home anymore (except junk mail).
It can take a few months to get everyone updated on your new address, but the rewards are worth it.
To read Outside Interests tips for selecting a mail forwarding service, click here.