One of the biggest inconveniences about subscribing to a paper copy of your local newspaper is that you can only read it when it is delivered. Physical copies of the paper are not like electronic ones, which can wait for you online or on an offsite mail server for you to access them from wherever you are. They have to actually be somewhere, and if it's somewhere you're not going to be for a while, then you have a problem. The solution is a vacation stop.

A vacation stop is a temporary hold on your newspaper subscription that prevents your newspaper from being delivered to your home while you're not there. You will generally not have to pay for your newspaper while it is on a vacation hold, but you may have to pay a small processing fee because you are giving the subscription department extra work. Each newspaper has its own policy, so telephone yours to and find out what it is.

Why would you want to order a vacation stop? Well, first there's the fact that you are wasting newspapers and money by continuing to receive copies that you're not going to read. And secondly, you don't want your newspapers to build up outside, as this is a dead giveaway to opportunistic thieves that you are not able to stop them from breaking in and stealing your property. If your paper carrier drops yours through a mail slot, this isn't so much of an issue, but most paper carriers are not that dedicated.

Most people go on vacation for a week or two during the year. This is the period of time that vacation stops are designed for. Some papers even offer vacation redirects if you have a cottage that is still within their delivery zone. If you're going to be gone longer, say several months, it would probably be better just to cancel your subscription. If you're only going to be gone a few days, newspapers will generally not give you a vacation stop because it's too much trouble to go to for only a few days.

If you're only going to be gone a few days and you don't want your papers to build up, or you don't want to go to the hassle/expense of arranging a vacation stop, there is an alternative. If you have a friend, relative, or neighbor you would trust with the keys to your home, you can ask them to come by daily. This method is often preferable, because they will pick up your other mail as well as feed any pets you might have.

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