ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
Flights are not included as part of Bold Earth tuition. An enormous strength of Bold Earth is students from all fifty states and fifty-five countries have joined our trips. We meet every student upon arrival and call your family to confirm the trip is off to a smooth start. Once a camper arrives at the start location everything is included.
MAKE TRAVEL EASY
Bold Earth is the expert in teen travel! Since 1976, more than 16,000 teenagers have successfully travelled to our programs. The Bold Earth Team does everything possible to assure that your flights are successful – that is our job! Our goal is to make the flight process organized and simple from beginning to end.
If you are joining Bold Earth from outside the United States you will receive specific directions for booking flights to and from the trip. All campers will be met at the airport by their Bold Earth Trip Leaders and your family will be called to confirm the trip is off to a safe start.
Early Arrival: International participants (Mostly from Europe) traveling with Bold Earth in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington only may arrive one day early. A $200 fee is required to meet and stay with the student, this includes hotel and food. Your trip begins on schedule the next day.
WHAT ARE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAYS LIKE?
All Trip Leaders and most students fly with cell phones and our office is open 24/7 on travel days. The Bold Earth Office and your Bold Earth Trip Leaders are highly organized and will ensure your travel day is smooth and simple. Bold Earth will meet all campers at the airport as soon as they are off the plane. Both campers and Trip Leaders will wear their Bold Earth t-shirt to make the meet-up easy. Once campers are with their Trip Leaders, campers will call home to confirm the trip is off to a successful start. For departure days, Trip Leaders will help campers check-in for the flight and ensure a smooth and easy departure. Leaders will remain with campers on the last day of the trip until they depart.
I DON’T LIVE NEAR A MAJOR AIRPORT HUB.
No problem! Usually, campers will connect with other Bold Earth students at a hub and arrive together to start the trip. Bold Earth will help every step of the way.
CAN MY FAMILY MEET ME AT THE END OF MY TRIP?
Yes! This is a common thing to do. Bold Earth will help organize the rendezvous on the last day of the trip.
UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (UAM)?
Except for its youngest participants, most Bold Earth campers fly as regular passengers. All Bold Earth campers will be met at the airport, regardless of UAM status. If a student is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, Bold Earth is happy to provide any of the required information. Bold Earth will meet and sign for you at the gate upon arrival at your final destination.
TRAVEL DAYS – PARENT ARRIVAL NOTIFICATION?
Bold Earth will meet campers at the airport as soon as they arrive at their final destination. Both campers and trip leaders will wear their Bold Earth t-shirt to make the meet-up easy. Once campers are with their trip leaders, campers will call home to confirm the trip is off to a great start. The Bold Earth office is open 24/7 during the summer. All Bold Earth leaders carry cell phones. Most groups post trip blogs, pictures and greetings from the airport directly for you to enjoy!
CAN I USE MILES OR ARRANGE MY OWN FLIGHTS?
Of course! Families are welcome to use miles or points to book camper flights. Be sure the flights arrive and depart within our flight guidelines.
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. Visiting Google Flights will give you an up to date price. Bold Earth recommends that 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 2016 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 16,000 campers have successfully joined Bold Earth. We will work directly with you to ensure that flights are as easy and comfortable as possible!