Ok, I have spent all day researching this. I am going home to another state for easter to see my family. It is an 8 hour road trip and I am pregnant and somewhat ill. I'll need to make stops along the way. I plan on purchasing a Microsoft Streets and Trips with GPS locator package to get me where I am going without getting lost. This is where it gets tricky.
The family members I am going to see are somewhat excitable, and the last couple of times I've made this trip I've spent a good amount of time on my cell phone reassuring them that we are still underway. In order to avoid this problem this time, I've been looking into sharing my GPS location. This is where I am running into problems. We are already going to be spending a good deal of money on gas, and the GPS kit. Now it seems that if I want to let my sister track my location, I'm going to need to spend more money. My mini laptop has an integrated AT&T aircard, but I have never used it and have yet to find a cheap prepaid way of getting time for it. Even if I did go through the effort of finding something I could use, it appears that the connection is iffy while in use in a moving vehicle.
I've found several tracking applications for cell phones, but I have the data option turned off on my cell phone. In order to use one of these easy to use applications, I'd have to buy a prepaid cell phone and it seems to me like a waste of money if I'm going to have to buy a cell phone just so my sister can track my location. So I'm hoping someone here has a more reasonable solution. Is there anything I can buy that will give me turn by turn instructions to get me home and allow me to share my location with my family?