Toronto, Canada – When you dream of a vacation, your first thoughts probably don’t involve BASE jumping in Norway, climbing a 3,000-foot rock wall in California or flying to Space. Travel+Escape’s launch issue of the new digital magazine available for the iPhone and iPad dares you to be bold, push your limits and “Face Your Fears”.

Travel Escape’s inaugural adventure issue features five of the world’s most gripping travel destinations: Norway, Chile, California, British Columbia and the stratosphere.

Get a head-cam view and behind-the-scenes look at the world of wingsuit flying with Norway’s champion BASE jumper, Espen Fadnes. Learn about the state of space tourism and what to expect in years to come. Readers can discover luxurious retreats, chic boutique hotels, oddball accommodations (including an Arctic ship hotel) and swipe through stunning retina-quality image galleries. Watch full-screen videos, including a high definition time-lapse of a serene Yosemite National Park.

“The Travel Escape Magazine is a creative step for this brand which already has a strong online following,” said Simon Foster, SVP Digital Publishing & Business Development, Blue Ant Media. “The launch issue features stunning images and in-depth editorial, presented in a fun and inventive way. Our goal is to delight our readers as they discover some of the most exhilarating destinations.”

Each issue features an interactive 360-degree image, virtually transporting readers to a destination using the iPad/iPhone gyroscope (technology that allows you to move within the image by moving your mobile device). Stunning photography, exhilarating video and exclusive editorial content take the reader around the world.

In the first issue, find intimate features and interesting interviews with risk-taking travelers and extreme artists, including:

*Jodi Ettenberg, founder of the popular travel site Legal Nomads, dishes on why she decided to put her law career on hold and embark on a nomadic life of food travel

* Toronto’s own skyscraper-straddling photographer Tom “Rooftopper” Ryaboi explains why he climbs to such heights for his perfect shot

* Mountain climber, filmmaker and artist Renan Ozturk (named one of National Geographic’s 2013 Adventurers of the Year) shares his watercolour sketchbook from a trip to Nepal

Already a top-rated travel-themed television channel and online destination, the decision to launch Travel Escape Magazine as a digital only offering echoes the premiere issue’s key message of pushing the limits. Parent company Blue Ant Media is not new to making such a bold decision. Last year, Blue Ant Media launched a digital only magazine for their entertainment channel, AUX, which hit #1 in the App Store charts and went on to win an award for Music Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards.

Travel Escape is the destination for travel enthusiasts and brands interested in reaching travel fans and enthusiasts on all platforms. The digital specialty channel features top rated travel themed television programs with entertaining hosts, compelling stories and exotic locations. Popular lifestyle series include Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, Boundless, No Reservations, Offbeat Roads, Ghost Adventures and Scam City. Travel Escape is the ultimate source for travel-related content featuring news from around the world, commentary from over 200 global bloggers, exclusive web-series and videos.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 8.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Travel+Escape Magazine 1.0 is free, and contains a preview as well as two issues for purchase. Individual issues are priced at $1.99 (USD) and a yearly subscription is also available at $14.99. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category, with an Android version to follow. Integration and sponsorship opportunities are available through the Blue Ant Media sales department.

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Blue Ant Media is a privately held integrated Canadian media company that creates and distributes great content in lifestyle, travel, documentary, music and entertainment categories. The company owns specialty channels Bold, Travel Escape, Bite TV, and AUX TV along with four premium, commercial-free channels Oasis HD, HIFI, eqHD, radX and their companion websites. Blue Ant Media’s digital publishing division produces daily content for its web and mobile sites and recently launched AUX Magazine, a monthly music tablet magazine. Producing over 400 hours of original content, Blue Ant Media develops both in house programming and co-productions with international partners. Blue Ant recently acquired Cottage Life Media, publishers of Cottage Life, Cottage, and Outdoor Canada and producers of the Spring and Fall Cottage Life consumer shows. Cottage Life, a national television channel will be launching this fall. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Blue Ant Media. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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