Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium with OneNote & Giveaway – #OfficeTravels

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This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and Microsoft Office 365. All opinions stated are my own.

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age.  With grandparents that lived in Germany, relatives in Western Canada and a father that worked for the railroad, it seemed our family was always on a plane, in a car or on a train traveling somewhere. 

Now as an adult world traveler myself, I have often pondered how my mom did it.  Packing, planning, budgeting and wrangling four children with no computer, tablet, smartphone or GPS to help her out.  I mean good golly they actually relied on paper and maps to get them to their destinations!

The NEW Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium has the tools to help you research and plan your next vacation before you leave and you can even access your data while you’re away and on the go

I have spent a lot of time using Microsoft Office in our home. As a homeschooler it’s indispensable for so many things, I use Excel to keep attendance and grades, Word for transcripts and letter writing, our daughter does projects with PowerPoint and Outlook keeps us connected to family and friends, and homeschool groups.  In the past though I barely touched OneNote using it only for it’s awesome clipping feature, but certainly not for anything elaborate, and when I received the new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium subscription to try out along with a specially designed OneNote travel notebook I was excited!

I’m sure everyone has heard of Microsoft Office, but some people may not yet know about their 365 Home Premium, so let me lay out how it’s a little different and why it’s really cool.


Microsoft Office 365 includes:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use on up to five devices, including Windows tablets and PCs.*
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology
  • At US$99.99 for an annual subscription, Office 365 Home Premium costs the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.

* A little note here that you can install it on a Mac, but you don’t get all the featured applications listed.  We run Windows on 3 of our devices and I also have a Mac.  Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook work just dandy on it.  I can even view my OneNote notebooks that I sync from my Windows devices to SkyDrive on my Mac using the OneNote Web App.

So you know just recently we took a trip and the OneNote travel notebook was perfect for our planning, because this just wasn’t any trip, it was a house hunting trip.  To say that we were stressed and worried was a bit of an understatement, but I knew that with the help of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium and its OneNote feature, I could keep us on task and budget.

Instead of trying to write everything down in a notebook, or have a dozen printed pages of our hotel reservations, driving directions and our plans for the time we were in DFW, I used my OneNote Travel Notebook to plan and store all our information which was way more useful than I had ever thought it would be.

As you can see, I was able to break it up into different tabs, and I could add or change things as I went along with ease.  I used the Send To OneNote tool, which allows you to clip anything from a webpage straight to your notebook, to add a photo of the hotel we stayed at from their website.  I created an itinerary of our daily activities. 

I made a checklist of what we needed to pack.

When I needed to find something quickly I could use the search function within the application.  Budgeting was made easy with an Excel spreadsheet right in the notebook that was automatically synced up in Excel itself.  And though we brought our laptop along, I could even look at the notebook and add or change things from my iPhone using the OneNote App, as well as access it from other computers through SkyDrive.  You can even share it with others that way too!  Perfect if you’re planning a vacation with multiple families.

The OneNote Travel Notebook is a free download to use with the Microsoft Office OneNote application.  It includes expert tips from Travel + Leisure magazine and tips to make using OneNote a breeze. 

I think of this notebook as “a virtual travel agent”. It’s a useful template for a family to have, and it certainly makes planning and budgeting for a vacation organized.

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is an effective software package for busy families, especially those on the go since you can access your documents anywhere you can access SkyDrive and/or the applications from.

What if we told you we have one Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium subscription (value of $99.99) to giveaway on our blog?!

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