TRAVEL INFORMATION

The information below explains how to make and submit your travel arrangements for Outward Bound.

ONLY MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AFTER:

  1. You have been cleared to participate AND
  2. You are notified that your course has been confirmed as “GO.” In order for a course to be confirmed as “GO,” we must achieve a minimum number of firm enrollments.  Firm = applicants who are fully paid and cleared to participate.

We typically need 6 firm enrollments in order to confirm the course as “GO.” If you purchase airline tickets before notified to do so, make sure you either purchase refundable/transferable tickets OR purchase trip insurance covering the cost of airfare in the event your course is canceled or if you are not cleared to participate. North Carolina Outward Bound is not responsible for refunding the cost of airline tickets, clothing and gear, etc.

Course Start - Traveling to Outward Bound

TRAVEL DELAYS

If you are delayed while traveling, call us immediately at 800-878-5258. We work diligently to accommodate unforeseen travel delays. However, in certain cases of extreme delays, it may not be possible for you to join the course.

CELL PHONES

Traveling to and from course with a cell phone and charger is encouraged.  Upon arrival and check in with our staff at the airport, we will remind participants to call their families immediately, as cell phones are not permitted once the course has officially begun. At that point, all cell phones will be turned off and stored in personal luggage until course end.

BE PREPARED 

Be dressed in items from the clothing list, make all necessary calls and have eaten prior to departure from the airport.

Review current government regulations regarding carry-on items at www.tsa.gov. Many airlines charge for each checked bag. Check your airline’s baggage policy and pay any fees for you or your child’s inbound and outbound flights.

All participants are required to follow our COVID-19 Program Protocols.

YOUR COURSE WILL BEGIN AT THIS LOCATION WHETHER YOU ARE ARRIVING BY PLANE OR CAR.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – www.flyavl.com

61 Terminal Drive – Fletcher, NC 28732-9442 

  • Airline Arrival 7:00 AM: Book your inbound flight to arrive no later than 7:00 AM on the first day of the course. Do not book arrival after 7:00 AM as we are unable to accommodate arrivals after this time. Itineraries booked outside of these times will require rebooking which can be costly and avoidable.
  • Vehicle Arrival 7:00 AM: If you are arriving by car, arrive no later than 7:00 AM on the first day of the course. Enter the airport through door “0” (zero) which will lead you directly to the main seating area. Numbers are noted above the doors and door “0” is located towards the middle of the building.

This is our only pick-up location/time.

 

Outward Bound Check-In Location

An Outward Bound representative will meet ALL arrivals in the main seating area in front of the security checkpoint; labeled as the “Grand Hall” on the map below. 

Remember: masks are required when indoors.

Staff will be wearing an Outward Bound shirt or hat and/or carrying an Outward Bound sign. They will have a list of all student names and will note your arrival.

Our supervision officially begins when students depart the airport by NCOBS vehicle or charter transportation.

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Asheville Regional Airport main seating area in the Grand Hall – Outward Bound check-in location

 

Course End - Traveling Home

YOUR COURSE WILL END AT THIS LOCATION WHETHER YOU ARE DEPARTING BY PLANE OR CAR.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – www.flyavl.com

61 Terminal Drive – Fletcher, NC 28732-9442

  • Airline Departure 6:00 PM: Book your departure no earlier than 6:00 PM on the last day of the course. Itineraries booked outside of these times will require rebooking which can be costly and avoidable.
  • Vehicle Departure 5:00 PM: The pick-up/vehicle departure time is 5:00 PM on the last day of the course.

 This is our only drop-off location.

COVID-19 BACK-UP DEPARTURE PLAN

If you intend to depart by commercial transportation, you must submit a back-up departure plan should you need to depart under quarantine or isolation protocols. Reference SUBMITTING YOUR TRAVEL PLANS section below.

Submit Your Travel Arrangements to Outward Bound

At least two weeks prior to course start, we will email a request for travel arrangements.

Reference our Program Protocols:

  • Participants may travel to/from course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation; however, personal vehicle travel is strongly encouraged. 
  • If you intend to depart by commercial transportation, you must submit a back-up departure plan should you need to depart under quarantine or isolation protocols. Plan must NOT include commercial travel. 

Back-Up Departure Plan Criteria: 

  • If you need to depart course early, your plan must allow for departure within 48-hours   
  • Adults (18+) must either: 
    • Preferred - Depart from the Outward Bound program location by private vehicle, providing name and contact information of pick-up person. 
    • Request that Outward Bound provide transportation to a hotel near the airport, provided the participant meets the hotel's age requirements for check-in. Refer to our Hotel/Lodging Information section below for options.   
  • Youth (12-17 years old) must depart from the Outward Bound program location by private vehicle, providing name and contact information of pick-up person. 

Please reference the CDC recommendations for Protecting Yourself When Using Transportation and Considerations for Travelers.

Trip Insurance - Highly Recommended

We highly recommend you purchase Trip Insurance to cover your investment (e.g. course tuition, airfare and/or emergency evacuation). You may use a vendor of your choice or Gennifer Hogan of All Ways Travel. Gennifer is knowledgeable about our programs, has access to multiple trip insurance options and is dedicated to helping you find coverage that’s best for you.

Gennifer Hogan: genniferhogan@gmail.com

Hotel/Lodging Information

HOTELS NEAR THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT

Prior to booking, confirm any minimum age requirements and availability of shuttle service to/from the airport (if applicable).

TSA Travel Regulations

If you are traveling by air, be aware of TSA guidelines. To avoid TSA taking items out of your carry-on luggage (like insect repellent and sunscreen), pack these items in your checked luggage or do not exceed size specifications. For more information please visit the TSA website: Transportation Security Administration - Carry-ons