ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
Flights are your responsibility, but we are eager to help. Because students join Bold Earth from every part of the world, airfare to and from your trip is not included.
MAKE TRAVEL EASY!
Our goal is to make travel organized and successful, even for the teen who has never traveled without their family. Booking through our travel office is beneficial for successful group arrivals and departures and to ensure smooth and coordinated globe trotting. Booking through our flight service means that when possible you will be flying with other Bold Earth travelers and ensures that Bold Earth is informed of all schedule changes and problems. Bold Earth works in partnership with STA Travel, a global travel specialist with 30 years of experience advising young adventure travelers. STA helps over six million passengers each year from over 400 branches worldwide.
HOW DOES THE FLIGHT SERVICE WORK?
The following steps make travel day an organized and successful day:
Our Flight Service is just a click away to book flights. We work in partnership with STA Travel professionals to find group flights with other campers and the best deals.
Fourteen days before your trip we'll post a travel packet with everyone in your group's flight information, travel instructions and send you a t-shirt and baggage tags.
Arrival Day: Your Bold Earth trip leaders will meet you at your destination and immediately phone your family to confirm your safe arrival.
We have enthusiastically welcome students from 55+ countries! If you are joining Bold Earth from outside the United States you will receive specific directions for booking correct flights to and from the trip. You will be met at the airport upon arrival and your parents will be called to confirm safe arrival.
WHAT ARE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAYS LIKE?
Our travel service and office will coordinate arrival and departure. Your flight information is posted to your Camper Homepage and given to your Bold Earth leaders who will meet you a the airport wearing their Bold Earth T-shirts. Leaders will remain with you on the last day of the trip until you depart.
I DON'T LIVE NEAR A MAJOR AIRPORT HUB?
Our travel service will make the best possible flight plan. Usually you can connect with other Bold Earth students at a hub and arrive together to start the trip. Bold Earth will help with everything.
CAN MY FAMILY MEET ME AT THE END OF THE CAMP?
Yes! We'll help you to rendezvous with your parents on the morning of the last day of the trip.
UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (UAM)?
Each airline has different UAM policies. Some require students under 15 or 16 to fly as an Unaccompanied Minor. Airline attendants check you in and escort you through connecting cities. Bold Earth will meet and sign for you at the gate upon arrival at your final destination. Yes, Bold Earth recommends UAM flight service. Frequently, there will be other Bold Earth students on your flight.
TRAVEL DAYS - PARENT ARRIVAL NOTIFICATION?
The Bold Earth office is reachable 24/7 all summer. All Bold Earth leaders carry cell phones. When you reach your final destination you will be met by a Bold Earth leader. After you claim your luggage you and your leaders will call your parents to confirm that your group is off to a successful start. Most groups post trip blogs, pictures and greetings from the airport directly to you to enjoy!
CAN I USE MILES OR ARRANGE MY OWN FLIGHTS?
Yes, you are welcome to use air miles and or book your own flights if you can do so in accordance to our specific guidelines. If you want to book flights on your own, call our office and we can recommend specific flights for your trip.
HOW MUCH WILL FLIGHTS COST?
Participants often ask us to estimate the cost of flights for different trips. Ticketing costs vary greatly depending on time of travel, departure city and availability. We recommend participants book their flights after March 31st. This ensures low fares and maximum coordinated group flights. For precise estimates just call our office. Below are the average USA roundtrip airfares paid by our 2013 participants:
- CO, UT, CA, or WA: $325 - $500
- Africa: $1,490 - $2,200
- Alaska: $650 - $950
- Australia: $2,200
- Alps: $1,000 - $1,400
- Bike Amsterdam Paris: $1,100 - 1,400
- China: $1,100 - $1,600
- Costa Rica: $450 - $800
- Ecuador & Galapagos: $820 - $950
- Fiji: $1,600 - $2,110
- Hawaii: $900 - $1,300
- Italy: $900 - $1,400
- Greece: $1,100 - $1,500
- Peru: $600 - $950
- Spain: $1,100 - $1,400
- Thailand: $1,200 - $1,900
More than 14,000 campers have succesfully joined Bold Earth. We will take care of your son and daughter and ensure that flights are as easy and comfortable as possible!