STEVENS POINT, Wis. | March 15, 2012 – Travel Guard North America (www.TravelGuard.com) has been selected by Outside, America's leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its first-ever Active Travel Awards. Travel Guard was honored as Best Travel Investment. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 13, 2012 and online at Outside Online. To select this year's awards, Outside tapped a global network of correspondents to showcase a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, beaches, local food, bars with a view, on-time airlines, screaming deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable trips – it's a road map to life-changing experiences. The issue also highlights a list of the best online travel tools as well a roundup of Outside's all-time favorite destinations. This year's winner of Outside's "Best Travel Investment" award, Travel Guard is a worldwide leader in travel insurance and assistance services. Serving more than 9 million travelers every year, Travel Guard plans are the choice of travel adventurers and vacationers alike to prepare for the many "what-ifs" in travel today. Be it a medical emergency requiring evacuation, a natural disaster that disrupts travel to certain destinations, the illness of a family member that cuts travel short, locating or replacing lost gear that didn't make it to the adventurer's destination, Travel Guard has come to the rescue time and again. In addition to the coverage provided through Travel Guard's comprehensive insurance plans, the company is available 24/7 for emergency assistance and concierge services like flight rebookings, message relay back home, prescription replacement, reservation assistance and so much more. "Our plans cover travelers' well-deserved trips so they're free to focus on the fun and adventure that world travel affords" shares Carol Mueller, vice president, Travel Guard North America. "We appreciate this recognition as the Best Travel Investment and we value the trust Outside has in Travel Guard's products, assistance and our customer-focused service." "Outside magazine has long been one of the world's most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come. In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the "What Trip Are You?" Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Enlightened Explorer, Powder Hound, River Runner, World Traveler, and Adrenaline Junkie. Participants will be able to choose between a series of travel favorites – Hotel or rustic lodge? Tropical escape or powdery heaven? Guide or no guide? – that will lead to their ultimate adventure travel escape. Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside's travel partners. Trip options include: Dory or raft trip down the Grand Canyon with OARS, Heli-ski in AK's Chugach range with Valdez Heli Ski Guides and Tsaina Lodge, Safari in Botswana with Wilderness Safaris and South African Airways, Multi-sport in Machu Picchu and Galapagos with REI Adventures, and an Andes to Amazon multisport trip with BikeHike Adventures. In addition, participants who take the quiz can come back for daily adventure travel gear prizes.
About OutsideOutside is America's leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer's Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books.Visit us on www.outsideonline.com and http://www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine.
Travel Guard is the marketing name for Travel Guard Worldwide, Inc. Travel Guard, a member of American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”), is a worldwide leader in travel insurance solutions and assistance, including emergency assistance, for millions of leisure and business travelers around the globe. American International Group, Inc. (AIG ) is a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
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