As we are planning we realize how much we are investing into Google for this trip.  For better (a great set of apps and great features) or worse (they have a lot of our info) Google has become a huge resource for this trip.  Here's the breakdown:

  • Gmail - has become both of our primary email application, it's labeling and search has been great for finding all those confirmation emails and receipts
  • Blogger - the site you're viewing now
  • Google Docs - hosting spreadsheets of expenses and documents we might need on the road, shared between both of us
  • Google Calendar - our trip schedule, shared between both of us
  • Google Voice - we'll have to see how this works, but we'll be using Google Voice as our main contact number as well forwarding our phones to this number. This will allow a single place to check voicemails and the best part is Google Voice transcribes voicemails into text allowing us to either listen to them online or read the message without having to call stateside or miss important calls.  It also has great international calling rates for making calls overseas.
  • Google - need some info, have a question, Google it!
So with all that I'd say Google knows more about us than our parents. 

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