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

COURSE START

2:00 PM on first day of the course. Course start location is TBD. You must arrive by private vehicle. 

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, 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 eat prior to starting course.

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 1:00 PM: Book your departure no earlier than 1:00 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 11:45 AM: The pick-up/vehicle departure time is 11:45 AM on the last day of the course.

 This is our only drop-off location.

Submit Your Travel Arrangements to Outward Bound

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

Please note, per our Program Protocols:

  • Participants may arrive to course start by personal vehicle (no commercial transportation such as airlines, trains, or buses.) 
  • Participants may depart course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation; however, vehicle departure is strongly encouraged. 
  • Those planning to depart by commercial transportation must submit before course start a pre-established plan for travel home in the event they must leave course under quarantine or isolation. Plan must NOT include commercial travel. 

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 AIRPORT

If you or your child’s travel plans require an overnight stay before or after the course, there are hotels near the 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