Travel Guard Offers Tips for Making the Most of Spring Travel

        Travel Guard Offers Tips for Making the Most of Spring Travel

A Leading Provider of Travel Insurance Solutions Says Families Should Watch
the Weather and Be Prepared Before Taking Off on Spring Break

PR Newswire

STEVENS POINT, Wis., March 8, 2013

STEVENS POINT, Wis., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With school breaks on the
calendar and a desire for winter to end setting in, many families in need of
fun in the sun will be taking off on spring break trips to warm weather
destinations. To help travelers make sure their spring vacations run as
smoothly as possible, Travel Guard (, a leading provider
of travel insurance solutions, offers the following tips: 

Keep an eye on the weather: Just because it's spring break doesn't mean that
you are safe from the perils of winter weather. According to, the
month of March has a notorious history of storms, including the Superstorm of
1993; the greatest Nor'easter of the 20^th century, which took place on March
6-8, 1962; and the Blizzard of 1988, which brought 58 inches of snow to parts
of New York, just to name a few[i]. If bad weather is threatening the area
where you live, monitor the status of your flight closely by signing up for
text or email alerts from your airline. If your flight is scheduled to take
off as scheduled, give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Also, be
sure to check the weather before returning home to see if there is any
activity that may affect your travel. Remember, bad weather that affects any
major U.S. airport can cause a ripple effect of delays and cancellations
throughout the country.

Do your research: No matter where you're going, travel is easier when there's
a plan. By understanding your destination and mapping out activities and
travel routes in advance, you can avoid wasting precious vacation time. Travel
Guard's Destination Planner can help you prepare by providing climate
information to help determine what to pack, embassy contact information,
currency conversion details and other helpful resources for destinations
around the globe.

Make the most of activities and attractions: Visit the website for the
convention and visitor's bureau or tourist board of the destination you will
be visiting to see what family-friendly activities or special events are
taking place during your stay. Oftentimes, these will be free of charge and
can be the highlight of your vacation. If you're visiting a theme park, see if
VIP passes are available that allow you to bypass long lines. If you're
visiting a zoo or animal park, see if behind-the-scenes tours are available so
you can get up close and personal with the inhabitants.

Pack for the occasion: You're probably going to be spending a large amount of
your time at the beach or pool, which means you'll be in your bathing suit for
most of the day. Lighten your load by packing clothing that you can wear more
than once and mix and match. Try your best to fit all necessities in a
carry-on to avoid checked luggage charges. If you must check a bag, pack your
swimsuit and necessities in a small carry-on or knapsack. In the event that
your luggage is lost or your room isn't ready for check-in when you arrive,
you won't lose out on any beach or pool time.

Bring your meds: Pack ibuprofen, motion sickness medication, and other
important medications in your purse or carry-on in case someone in the family
needs it.

Stay hydrated and use sunscreen: Though soaking up the sun may be the first
thing on your mind, overexposure can easily hamper your trip. No one wants to
endure the pain of sunburn or the exhaustion of dehydration. Keep lathered up
with sunscreen, wear a hat and bring a water bottle to refill throughout the

Don't forget to pack travel insurance: Lost luggage, flight delays and medical
emergencies can affect even the best laid travel plans. Certain plans include
24/7 travel assistance services that can help take the stress out of your
travel by rebooking flights and hotels on your behalf should plans go awry.
Concierge services can recommend family friendly restaurants and activities in
the destination you're visiting.

For more information about Travel Guard, contact your travel agent, visit or call Travel Guard's 24/7 World Service Center at

About Travel Guard
Travel Guard Worldwide, Inc., a global leader in travel insurance solutions
and assistance, provides products and services to millions of travelers around
the globe, including a wide range of emergency services through its
wholly-owned assistance centers located in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Travel Guard helps leisure and business travelers alike solve problems and
manage risks. Travel Guard's global reach, unparalleled service quality and
proven operational capabilities allow clients to receive best-in-class care.
Travel Guard's suite of technology platforms enables seamless integration with
all major travel distribution systems and supplier channels. The travel
insurance products marketed by Travel Guard are underwritten by insurance
company subsidiaries and affiliates of American International Group, Inc. For
additional information, please visit our websites at and

This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will
contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions.
Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of
Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania insurance company, with its principal place of
business at 175 Water Street, New York, NY 10038. It is currently authorized
to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No.
19445. Coverage may not be available in all states. Travel assistance services
are provided by Travel Guard.


Contact: Carol Mueller / Shannon Semmerling
         Travel Guard
         800.826.7791 ext. 13050 / 13085

SOURCE Travel Guard

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