Off The Beaten Path, Inc. 

                                                              Gold Card Club & Platinum Elite

 

PAUL GIFFORD, PRESIDENT

PO BOX 853

FARIBAULT MN 55021

800.221.3155

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Off the Beaten Path, Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation which has been providing economical vacations for ambulant adults with traumatic brain injury, mental illness or developmental disabilities since 1985. Off the Beaten Path, Inc. vacations are geared to provide quality life experiences while meeting the special needs of our clientele. A 1:4, 1:5, 1:6 tour-guide-to-consumer ratio is always available and ensures maximum consumer input and encourages group choice-making. 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.

 Reservations may be made by telephone, or by sending the Reservations Policies and Contract and the Emergency Medical Care Authorization Form with the deposit required (or payment in full, if you prefer). All required information must be provided on all forms.  If the reservation is made by telephone, the Reservations Policies Contract Form and the Emergency Medical Care Authorization Form with the deposit required (or payment on full, if you prefer) must be received within ten days.  To better help us plan your vacation, reservations need to be made as early as possible.  We prefer thirty days on driving vacations and 45 days on flying vacations.  We need to have completed forms and full payment (unless arrangements have been made for a trip payment plan).  For a driving vacation, if the forms and payment have not been received 30 days prior to the vacation departure date, a $50 handling fee will be added.  If the forms and payment have not been received 45 days prior to a flying vacation a $75 handling fee will be added.  If the requested paper work and payment are not received in our office in a timely manner, you will be notified with a deadline date.  If we have not received the required information by the deadline date, the vacation will be cancelled and no refund will be issued.
 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.
Trip participants will receive a complimentary DVD that includes video highlights and a slideshow set to music!  We will continue to have drawings for door prizes on all 2016 vacations.
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OFFICE HOURS

10am-5pm MON-FRI

FAX 507.333.2473

www.otbp.info

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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, debit cards or travelers checks. 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 covered 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. 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.

Platinum Elite

The Platinum Elite Club is for participants that are totally independent with medication and hygiene and semi independent with their spending money.  Platinum members with a 1:5 ratio are always supervised and 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.  They may also wait at specified drop-off locations unattended (with prior written permission).

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