You have several options for checking your email while traveling away from home, including roaming, web based email, and POP3 access.
Most service providers include a “roaming” service where you can login to the Internet and check your email when traveling from the road using a portable computer. They usually have a 1-800 number so you can avoid long distance charges. Consult their web site or technical support phone line for help.
Web based email services let you check your email from any web browser, anywhere in the world. However, you usually need to use a special email address, and there may be other limitations on ease of use and attachment handling.
Lists of sites:
Some leading sites: