This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and Microsoft Office 365. All opinions stated are my own.
School is out for Summer and that means it is time to start planning some family fun! This year, we plan to take two vacations both including various parts of our extended family. As a compulsive list-maker, I generally find myself in charge of travel details, research and planning. While I typically gravitate to a colorful notebook, pens and highlighters, I was thrilled to check out the new OneNote free travel template.
If you are not familiar with OneNote, it is part of the Office 365 Home Premium subscription along with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access. One license allows you to use the software on up to five devices in your household including tablets, PCs and Macs along with 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage (3 times more than a free account!). With the automatic save to SkyDrive, your documents and personal settings are always available no matter where you are!
With Office 365 Home Premium and the new features in OneNote, planning your next trip is a breeze. The new free travel notebook with expert tips from Travel + Leisure allows you to access all of your ideas, notes, reservations, confirmation numbers, directions, website links, and more virtually anywhere by saving on SkyDrive.
I downloaded the free OneNote travel template and started planning my upcoming trip to the blog conference, Reviewer’s Retreat at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. My first impression was that it was bright, colorful and just plain fun! I couldn’t wait to get started.
First, I started to input my Itinerary. I love that I can highlight certain “don’t miss” appointments of change the colors and fonts. You can also add or delete rows depending on our needs. Notice the travel tips on the right? Love!
Next, I decided to start my packing list. I said I was a compulsive list-maker and I wasn’t kidding! You can also add webpage snapshots and even handwritten notes (admittedly, I need more practice with handwriting using my mouse).
Now that my packing list is organized, I started getting all of my paperwork in order. On the screen above, you can directly add flight itinerary, hotel info and confirmation numbers. Never fumble through your bags for that confirmation number again!
Before, during and after the trip, there is even a spot to journal your thoughts, add pictures and even narrate with audio clips. Adding audio brings the trip to life and lets you relive the moments even after the trip is over.
The OneNote travel template is great for planning a trip with family, too. Simply give your friends and family access to your travel notebook on SkyDrive and let them add their own travel tips, ideas or suggestions. You can even see where others make changes and revisions throughout your notebook with OneNote 2013 identity profiles. Each authors’ initials are marked next to their work for better collaboration!
Are you planning an upcoming family vacation? Ready to try OneNote and the free travel template? One lucky reader will win a one year subscription of Office 365 Home Premium (US $99.99 value).