Off The Beaten Path, Inc. 

                                                                                           and Gold Card Club

 

PAUL GIFFORD, PRESIDENT

PO BOX 853

FARIBAULT MN 55021

800.221.3155

                *New 2015 Vacations *

            Ultimate Disney Parks                Washington DC AmTRAK

            Spring in New York                    Medora ND Horse Lovers

            Minnesota Mayhem                    Ohio Halls of Fame

            Dollywood/Smoky Mts./Biltmore Mansion


2015 will be a big, wonderful year for us at OTBP and for you, our valued friends and travelers.  We are celebrating 30 years of travel!  Yes, OTBP started in 1985 providing supervised travel for special needs adults.  Let’s celebrate in 2015 with a free 30-year celebratory T-shirt for all travelers plus door prizes, drawings, and other celebratory events on each 2015 vacation.  Come and help us celebrate 30 years with your tour guides and friends at Off the Beaten Path!


Off the Beaten Path, Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation which has been providing economical vacations for developmentally disabled ambulant adults since 1985. Off the Beaten Path, Inc. vacations are geared to provide quality life experiences while meeting the special needs of our clientele. A tour-guide-to-consumer ratio of 1:4 ensures maximum consumer input and encourages group choice-making. A 1:5 tour-guide-to-consumer ratio is always available for the independent traveler. Complete information regarding tour-guide-to-consumer ratios may be found on the Participant Contract.


For the safety of our vacationers, Off the Beaten Path 15 passenger vans are DOT certified and inspected annually.  Our drivers have passed the DOT physical and carry the medical examiners certificate in addition to their current drivers license.


Off the Beaten Path, Inc. believes in creating as much independence as possible for its clientele. Vacations are supervised by capable, qualified leaders. All group leaders are full-time, paid employees with multiple years of experience working with consumers. While group leaders are trained in CPR and First Aid, a nurse is not available on all vacations.


Reservations may be made online, by telephone, or by sending the Reservations Policies and Contract with the deposit required (or payment in full, if you prefer). If the reservation is made via telephone, the Reservations Policies and Contract must be received within ten days. Reservations may be made up to 24 hours prior to each vacation departure date, depending on availability. If you register four (4) individuals for a vacation, you are eligible to participate as a volunteer, with all basic expenses paid. Some restrictions apply, please call for details.

OFFICE HOURS

10am-5pm MON-FRI

FAX 507.333.2473

www.otbp.info

girl10500@yahoo.com

Depending on logistics, some vacations require pickup one day before departure. Lodging and supervision charge is:
$120.00 for Double-occupancy - ONE PERSON, ONE BED
$135.00 for Single-occupancy - PRIVATE ROOM

If you need in-room staff supervision, please call OTBP for details. We require written guardian consent for any unmarried couples not their own guardians to share a room. Motels are used as accommodations unless otherwise specified.

Vacation prices include: all meals, lodging, transportation from the point of departure, entrance fees, and supervision. We suggest consumers bring $30 to $35 cash per day for souvenirs, snacks, etc. Please do not bring pre paid credit cards. This amount may vary due to the resources and/or spending habits of the individual.

Off the Beaten Path, Inc. requires consumers to be free of aggression toward others. If a consumer becomes unmanageable while on vacation, they (the consumer, residential provider, social worker, and/or guardian) will be responsible for any costs incurred. For more information on this matter, refer to the Reservations Policies and Contract.

Off the Beaten Path, Inc. will accept payment plans for our consumers who are unable to pay for the entire vacation prior to departure. The consumer is, however, required to pay 50% of the total cost prior to departure. The balance in the account will be interest-free for six months, after which time a 1% monthly service charge will apply until the balance is paid in full.

FOR ALL TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE U.S., INCLUDING CRUISE  TRAVEL, A PASSPORT IS NOW REQUIRED.   DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL REQUIRES THE PARTICIPANT HAS A VALID STATE-ISSUED ID CARD. Please allow ample time for delivery of a state-issued ID card. 

Off the Beaten Path staff recommends that consumers purchase a travel insurance policy to safeguard against loss due to illness and/or other events. Contact us (800.221.3155)  for Travel Guard insurance information. 

The Gold Card Club

The Gold Card Club is for our more independent clientele, and is geared for travelers whose limited needs allow for more activities and greater independence. Members enjoy dining options, more time at preferred attractions, and are accorded lodging accommodations with fellow club members or applicants whenever possible. Gold Card Club members receive discounts on all travel with Off the Beaten Path (see vacation schedule for pricing). 

Because of the greater independence of its members, the Gold Card Club’s tour-guide-to-participant ratios are limited to 1:5 and 1:6 only. Members requiring a 1:5 ratio are always escorted in the community, however, consumers choosing the 1:6 ratio will have the freedom to choose activities and the level of supervision desired. They may also choose to remain at the place of lodging unsupervised, to participate with the group, or to explore independently. With prior written permission, Gold Card Club 1:6 travelers may also wait at specified drop-off locations unattended (with prior written permission). To become a member of the Gold Card Club, schedule any regular vacation and indicate you would like to be considered for membership. Approval is considered after the regular vacation, and you will be informed of your membership status upon application for your next vacation.

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