Travel Guard introduces website containing travel information, advice, and resources

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2008 – Thinking about a winter beach vacation? Planning ahead for March Break? For the millions of Canadians who like to research their travel plans before leaving home*, Travel Guard has introduced Savvy Traveller,

Savvy Traveller is a one-stop spot for the latest travel news, tips, and travel insurance advice. Take the Savvy Traveller quiz to test your travel knowledge, share your best travel advice for a chance to win great prizes, compare travel insurance rates, and download handy tools, including packing tips and emergency contact lists.

“Savvy Traveller offers Canadians accurate travel information, news and resources in a friendly, easy-to-use format,” says Joel Donin, director of marketing, Travel Guard. “Despite the economy, 32 per cent of Canadians plan to travel more in the next year than they did this year, and they can make the most of their travel experience — and their travel budget — by being in the know.”

Savvy Traveller offers a range of tools, from links on where to go for information on travelling with a disability to finding the most cost-effective travel insurance plan for your family. Tips range from helpful hints on snowbird travel to sending your student on a backpacking adventure, and are updated throughout the year to make sure you have the latest news and tools.

“Canadians are among the world leaders in Internet usage and online activity,” says Donin. “The internet and travel go hand-in-hand, with nearly 50 per cent of Canadians looking for the best deals online and more than 30 per cent booking their travel online. Savvy Traveller makes it easier for everyone to become a savvy traveller.”

Share your story – and win!

While travellers and aspiring explorers are checking out the latest travel information and news on, they are invited to share their best travel advice to win great prizes.

“If you are one of the approximately 25 per cent of Canadians who consider themselves a “savvy traveller,” we want to hear your stories, tips, or insider advice,” says Donin. “We are offering great prizes for information so Canadians can learn from the experiences of like-minded travellers.”

More information on the contest is available at

The Savvy Traveller poll

The recent Savvy Traveller survey revealed the following travel tidbits:

  • Canadians love to travel: 70 per cent said that if they had the money, they would travel more often
  • British Columbians consider themselves the savviest travellers in the country (29 per cent versus 25 per cent nationally)
  • Nearly 70 per cent of Albertans go online to hunt for the best travel deals before booking their trip vs. the national average of 46 per cent
  • Close to one quarter of Canadians say their friends and family often ask them for travel advice
  • Despite the softening economy, only 11 per cent of respondents said they were planning to travel less in the next year than they did this year

The Savvy Traveller poll was conducted by Angus Reid Strategies in October 2008. It was a sample of 1,004 Canadian adults with a maximum margin of error of +/-3.1 19 times out of 20.

About Savvy Traveller: is a new resource from Travel Guard for travellers who want to get the most out of their travel. Savvy Traveller’s goal is to provide travellers with what they need to know, from information on travel insurance to cost-saving advice in one clear, easy-to-navigate place. For more information, visit

About Travel Guard:

Travel Guard is the largest provider of travel insurance and assistance in North America, offering consumers a variety of travel insurance plans, all with comprehensive travel and protection services — and backed by superior customer service.

* According to the recent Savvy Traveller Poll, conducted by Angus-Reid Strategies, nearly 33 per cent of Canadians always read up on new travel destinations before jetting off.