Hello. I am plannig a bit of an unusual business trip and I am in desperate need of advice. What is unusual is that I will be visiting more than 1,000 specific destinations in 16 northeastern states in a single trip. I need trip planning software with the following capabilities:
Input waypoint/destination data from an Excel spreadsheet or text file.
Calculate the most efficient route that will takee me to all 1,000+ locations in a single trip.
Link to a GPS to transfer the trip data, with waypoints in the correct order.
If Microsoft Streets & Trips with GPS Locator (2010) is up to the task described above that would be great, and I will still buy a GPS to use as a backup or for when more mobility is required. The database of locations that I have to visit has street address, city, county, state, and phone number but, oddly enough, not ZIP codes. I know that you can enter a phone number into Street Atlas USA 2009 Plus and it will find the location but I don't know if Streest & Trips has that capability.
The GPS should have the following features:
Text-to-speech with spoken street names.
Construction alerts and updates.
Hot spot locator (is that available?).
I have very little time to plan this and much to do so I need to decide what to get and go buy it ASAP. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.