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.

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

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL

100 Terminal Dr - Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

  • Airline Arrival 12:00 Noon: Book your inbound flight to arrive no later than 12:00 Noon on the first day of the course. Do not book arrival after 12:00 Noon 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 12:00 Noon: If you are arriving by car, arrive no later than 12:00 Noon on the first day of the course.

This is our only pick-up location/time.

 

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.

***Due to construction at the Asheville Regional Airport, the snack bar is closed by the main seating area where you will meet Outward Bound. Please arrive to the airport having eaten lunch. Or, for students arriving on flights, the only available food for purchase is located near your arrival gate, before you reach the Outward Bond meeting location.***

Outward Bound Check-In Location

An Outward Bound representative will meet ALL arrivals in Terminal 2 baggage claim (lower level) across from carousel number 3 and near the Delta Baggage Services counter. Reference FLL Terminal 2 map

Remember: masks are required when indoors.

Look for our representative wearing a shirt or hat with an Outward Bound logo and/or carrying an Outward Bound sign.  Our representative will have a list of all student names and will note your arrival.

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

Course End - Traveling Home

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

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL

100 Terminal Dr - Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

  • Airline Departure 2:00 PM: Book your departure no earlier than 2:00 PM on the last day of the course. Itineraries booked earlier than 2:00 PM will require re-booking which can be costly and avoidable.
  • Vehicle Departure 12:00 Noon: The pick-up/vehicle departure time is 12:00 Noon on the last day of the course.

This is our only drop-off location/time.

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
Travel & Backup Travel Plan

At least two weeks prior to course start, we will email a request for travel arrangements. Please reference our COVID-19 Program Protocols.

Participants on Open Enrollment courses may travel to/from course by personal vehicle or commercial transportation; however, personal vehicle travel is strongly encouraged.

To reduce the likelihood of participants testing positive upon arrival to Outward Bound, we highly encourage participants to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test 24-hours or less prior to traveling to Outward Bound. Participants who test positive should not travel and will not be accepted onto course. 

Participants will take an NCOBS-administered rapid antigen COVID-19 test on course start day upon arrival. Participants testing positive, as well as any close contacts, will not be accepted on course. 

If you intend to travel by commercial transportation, you must submit a back-up travel plan should you need to travel home under quarantine or isolation protocols. Plan must NOT include commercial travel.

Back-Up Travel Plan Options

YOUTH (Course Age Ranges 14-18) must depart from the airport at course start or from the Outward Bound program location during course by private vehicle, providing name and contact information of pick-up person. Once course is in progress, if you must depart course early due to COVID-19, your plan must allow for departure within 48 hours. 

ADULT (Course age ranges 18+, 18-25, 30+) must either:

  • Preferred -Arrange your own transportation home such as your personal vehicle, car rental, or by providing name and contact information of pick-up person

OR 

  • Outward Bound will provide transportation to a hotel near the airport, provided the participant meets the hotel’s age requirement for check-in.

Hotels include:  

Once course is in progress, if you must depart course early due to COVID-19, your plan must allow for departure within 48 hours. 

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

Travel Agency Information

TRAVEL AGENCY

Jana Tvedt, owner of Vibrance Travel, is a travel and trip insurance resource available to you. Contact Jana at: jana@vibrancetravel.com or 203-257-7806. 

Trip Insurance - Highly Recommended

Consider third party trip insurance to protect your financial investment of course tuition, airfare and/or emergency evacuation. Trip insurance options are widely available. Jana Tvedt, owner of Vibrance Travel, is a travel and trip insurance resource available to you.

Contact Jana at: jana@vibrancetravel.com or 203-257-7806. 

 North Carolina Outward Bound School does not represent or endorse any third party trip insurance options.

Hotel/Lodging Information
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