A Blackass Field Trip: Barbados Edition

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Please join us for A Blackass Field Trip to Barbados during Veterans Day 2020! The trip is scheduled from Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15. The total cost is $899 plus tax and fees per person with a limited number of early bird tickets for $849 plus tax and fees — using promo code "EARLY." The total cost includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and/or brunch buffets, roundtrip airport shuttle and ground transportation, welcome reception with cocktails and appetizers, rum tour with tasting followed by transport to a local fish fry, cultural city tour with lunch, twilight catamaran cruise with open premium bar, dinner buffet and snorkeling with sea turtles, beachfront fitness sessions, and a giftbag with a t-shirt and tote. The total cost does not include flight. Space is very limited. Travelers must be at least 16 years old. Men and allies are welcome. To purchase your ticket, a $200 deposit plus tax and fees is due by Friday, January 31 and the remaining balance is due by Monday, August 31 — with an available payment plan. For trip updates, please follow us at www.instagram.com/blackassfieldtrip.


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What is A Blackass Field Trip?

A Blackass Field Trip is an intimately curated excursion designed to educate Black people on the Black experience by exploring Black spaces across the Black diaspora that have influenced Black history.

Are early bird tickets available?

Yes, but for double occupancy rooms only. The total cost is $849 plus tax and fees for a limited time. Early bird tickets will be on sale until Wednesday, January 15 or once the allotted tickets have been sold.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit for both early bird and/or regular tickets is $200 plus tax and fees.

How do I pay my remaining balance?

Unless you purchased a full payment ticket, an invoice for the remaining balance of $649 plus tax and fees for early bird tickets or $699 plus tax and fees for regular tickets for a double occupancy room will be sent via PayPal invoice with a final balance due by Monday, August 31. A payment plan is available for the remaining balance which consists of 3 additional installations of $216.33 plus tax and fees for early bird tickets or $233.00 plus tax and fees for regular tickets — which is due on Thursday, April 30, Tuesday, June 30 and Monday, August 31 and will be paid via PayPal invoice which will be emailed at least 30 days prior to each installment due date.

Can I pay the full amount without a payment plan?

Yes. To pay the full amount of $849 plus tax and fees for early bird tickets or $899 plus tax and fees for regular tickets, please enter promo code "FULL" to unlock access to full payment tickets.

Are single occupancy rooms available?

Yes, but at a considerable increase in cost at $1149 for early bird tickets or $1199 for regular tickets. To purchase a single occupancy ticket, please contact info@ablackassfieldtrip.com.

What is the cost for tax and fees?

A 6% processing fee will be applied per ticket at check-out.

Is my ticket refundable?

No. Tickets are non-refundable — to include deposits. However, tickets are transferrable up to 30 days prior to the date of departure. To transfer your ticket, please contact info@ablackassfieldtrip.com.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes hotel accommodations for a 5-day and 4-night stay in a double occupancy room with a standard pool view at the Infinity on the Beach Resort, welcome reception with a complimentary cocktail and appetizers, daily breakfast and/or brunch buffets, roundtrip airport shuttle and ground transportation, rum tour with tasting followed by transport to a local fish fry, cultural city tour with lunch, twilight catamaran cruise with open premium bar, dinner buffet and snorkeling with sea turtles, beachfront fitness sessions, and a giftbag with a t-shirt and tote. For more information about the airport shuttle company, visit https://www.stjamesgroup.com. For more information about the hotel accommodations, visit http://www.infinityonthebeach.com. For more information about the cultural city tour, visit https://www.ecoadventuresbarbados.com/. For more information about the rum tour, visit https://www.mountgayrum.com. For more information about the catamaran cruise, visit http://www.tiamicatamarancruises.com.

What does my ticket not include?

Your ticket does not include flight as travelers are responsible for securing his or her's own airfare to and from Barbados. The resort is not an all-inclusive property; however, daily breakfast is included. Although lunches and dinners are not included lunch is provided during the cultural city tour and dinner is provided during the catamaran cruise. Please note that transport is provided to the local fish fry; however, a meal is not included.

Will I be expected to donate towards gratuities and/or tips?

Yes. Please bring at least $20USD to contribute towards gratuities, tips, and/or donations that are customarily left on behalf of our group with the local community and/or vendors — which will be collected at the welcome reception.

How much is a flight?

The average cost for a roundtrip flight to Barbados from Richmond, New York, and Washington, DC is approximately between $400 and $600. To purchase your flight using a payment plan, please visit https://www.airfordable.com/ — which is a Black female-owned business that allows you to book a flight with a deposit and pay the remaining balance in installments.

How do I coordinate my airport shuttle?

St. James Group will provide roundtrip transportation from the Grantley Adams International Airport [GAIA] located at Adams-Barrow, Gordon Cummins Highway, Barbados to the Infinity on the Beach Resort located at St. Lawrence Gap, Dover, Christ Church, Barbados. You must email your flight itinerary to info@ablackassfieldtrip.com — to include airline, flight number, departure airport, departure time, arrival airport, and arrival time for both inbound and inbound airfare at least 30 days prior to the date of departure in order to secure shuttle services. You can schedule shuttle services anytime between Tuesday, November 10 through Monday, November 16 as some travelers plan to visit Barbados beyond the coordinated events from November 11 through 15. Please wait outside of your pickup location at least 5-10 minutes in advance of your shuttle pickup time.

Are there any restrictions on participation?

Yes. You must be at least 16 years old to attend. The trip is open to men and women, as well as people of color and allies. However, allies are welcome to sponsor a ticket in lieu of attending. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@ablackassfieldtrip.com. Please note that all participants must sign a liability waiver, as well as photo and recording release form.

Is this an international trip?

Yes. You must have a valid passport to travel to Barados. For more information, visit the https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport.html. If you have a current passport, please confirm that it has not yet reached its expiration date. Please note that the average duration to process a new and/or renewed passport application is at least 6 weeks; however, there is an expedited option whereby your application can be processed at select passport centers within 2 to 6 weeks at an additional cost. Also, it is recommended that you register your travel itinerary with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting https://step.state.gov/step/. For travel advisories about infectious diseases, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/barbados. Additionally, it is recommended that you download WhatsApp for texting services and/or Google Duo, which will allow you to place audio and/or visiual calls across iOS and Andriod devices by using the resort's WiFi connection. Additionally, it is recommended that you contact your cellular service provider prior to the date of departure if you'd like to secure a temporary international data plan.

What is the local currency?

The Barbados Dollar [BDS] is the local currency; however, the US Dollar [USD] is also widely accepted across the island. Please note that the island only accepts dollar bills — not coins. As of today, the exchange rate is $.50USD to $1BBD. Also, please contact your banking institution and/or credit card company to provide a travel notice and determine if foreign exchange fees will apply for debit and/or credit card transactions.

Why does the registration form require my date of birth?

The registration form asks for your date of birth to determine if you meet the legal drinking age requirement — which is 18 years old as alcohol will be served during the trip.

Will someone be assigned to my room if I do not have a preferred roommate?

Yes, unless you selected a single occupancy room. Gender, smoking, and snoring preference will be used to pair roommates based on compatability [if possible]. Travelers who opt for the pre-selected option should provide the full name of their preferred roommate on the registration form. Please note that each respective room will be required to provide a credit card at check-in to cover hotel incidentals -- which will require a $100 refundable authorization hold.

What is the trip agenda?

The finalized itinerary will be provided via email at least 7 days prior to the date of departure; however, a tentative itinerary is provided below which is subject to change. Please note that travelers should be prompt for all pickup times as the transportation company will only wait 5 minutes past the scheduled pickup time.

Wednesday, November 11

  • 3pm -- Hotel Check-In [Infinity on the Beach]
  • 5pm to 7pm -- Welcome Reception [Infinity on the Beach | Sea Fans Beach Bar]
  • 7pm and After -- Free Time

      Thursday, November 12

      • 7am to 7:30am -- Sunrise Yoga with Bare Soul Yoga [Infinity on the Beach | Dover Beach]
      • 8am to 9am -- Breakfast Buffet [Infinity on the Beach | Sea Fans Beach Bar]
      • 9am -- Bus Pickup [Infinity at the Beach | Lobby]
      • 9am to 4pm -- Cultural City Tour [Barbados Museum, Gun Hill Signal Station, Medford Craft World, Codrington College, Newton Slave Burial Ground]
      • 4pm -- Bus Dropoff [Infinity on the Beach | Lobby]
      • 4pm and After -- Free Time

      Friday, November 13

      • 8am to 9am -- Breakfast Buffet [Infinity on the Beach | Sea Fans Beach Bar]
      • 9am to 10am -- Trap Zumba with Avail Fit [Infinity on the Beach [Dover Beach]
      • 10am to 4pm -- Free Time
      • 4pm -- Bus Pickup [Infinity on the Beach | Lobby]
      • 4pm to 7pm -- Rum Tour [Mount Gay Distillery]
      • 7pm to 11pm -- Friday Fish Fry [Oistin's]
      • 11pm -- Bus Dropoff [Infinity on the Beach | Lobby]
      • 11pm and After -- Free Time

      Saturday, November 14

      • 8am to 9am -- Breakfast Buffet [Infinity on the Beach | Sea Fans Beach Bar]
      • 9am to 2pm -- Free Time
      • 2pm -- Bus Pickup [Infinity on the Beach | Lobby]
      • 2pm to 7pm -- Twilight Catamaran Cruise [Carlisle Wharf]
      • 7pm -- Bus Dropoff [Infinity on the Beach | Lobby]
      • 7pm to 9pm -- Free Time
      • 9pm to 10pm -- Nidra Yoga with Bare Soul Yoga [Infinity on the Beach | Dover Beach]
      • 10pm and After -- Free Time

      Sunday, November 15

      • 9am to 11am -- Farewell Brunch and Final Thoughts [Infinity at the Beach | Sea Fans Beach Bar]
      • 12pm -- Hotel Checkout [Infinity at the Beach]

      Does the trip agenda include free time?

      Yes. The coordinated events for the trip begin on Wednesday, November 11 at 5pm and conclude on Sunday, November 15 at 11am — with several scheduled breaks for free time. If you are interested in exploring the island on your own during free time, you can contact the resort conceirge who can provide excursion options — to include local attractions such as outdoor adventures, beaches, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. During our trip, the island will be observing "We Gatherin Barbados 2020" which is a homecoming campaign in which Bajans are being called home from across the diaspora in order to reconnect with family and friends, as well as invest in the restoration and redevelopment of the local community. Visit https://www.wegatherinbarbados.com for more information about the schedule of food festivals, genealogy marketplaces, fellowship services, philanthrophy projects, and other cultural events. Also, you can visit https://www.visitbarbados.org/ or https://barbados.org/ to learn more about other things to do across the island. Please note that ground transportation is provided for all coordinated events; however, travelers are responsible for securing his or her's own transportation for any other activities — with taxis being the most readily available option. Additionally, the island offers public transportation — with the busfare costing approximately $1.75USD per trip.

      Who are the accountability group leaders and members?

      The accountability group leaders and members will be provided via email at least 7 days prior to the date of departure.

      What should I pack?

      As a friendly reminder, do not forget your passport, identification card, debit and/or credit card, medical insurance card, cash, yoga mat, beach bag, and beach towel. As it relates to electronics and entertainment, do not forget your selfie stick, headphones, book, camera, tablet, cell phone, and all corresponding chargers. As it relates to attire, do not forget your comfortable walking shoes, athletic attire, swimwear, swimshoes, swim cap, eyeglasses, and sunglasses. As it relates to toiletries, do not forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, body wash, louffa, deorderant, razor, shaving cream, lotion, cotton swabs, sanitary napkins, tissues, makeup supplies, hair supplies, hand sanitzer, bug repellent, medication, sunscreen, sun tanning lotion, perfume and/or cologne. As it relates to travel supplies, do not forget your luggage tags, neck pillow, blanket, ear plugs, and eye mask.

      What is the menu for the included meals?

      The welcome reception will include your choice of cocoa bread and fish cakes — with water and rum punch. The daily breakfast will include your choice of eggs, bacon or sausage, baked beans or hash browns, pancakes, fruit, cereal, yogurt and/or toast — with water, juice, tea, and/or coffee. The farewell brunch buffet will include your choice of fish, bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs, plantains, beans, potatoes, fruits, cereals, pastries, and/or breads — with water, juice, tea, and/or coffee. The lunch during the cultural city tour will include your choice of fish, chicken, sides, salad, and/or dessert — with water. The dinner during the catamarian cruise will include your choice of salad, cold slaw, rice and peas, scallop potatoes, vegetable medley, garlic bread, bbq chicken, fried fish, fresh fruit, and/or cake — with water, juice, tea, coffee, and/or premium alcohol. Please note that all menus are subject to change. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the registration form — such as gluten allergies and vegan, vegeterian, and/or pescatarian preferences. However, please be advised that while efforts will be made to accommodate your dietary restrictions, concessions may not be possible for eating experiences that will feature traditional local cuisine.

      Who are the community partners and sponsors?

      A Blackass Field Trip™ is powered by and property of Afrikana Independent Film Festival and Angry Black Female in partnership with Avail Fit, Avail Outpatient Counseling, Bare Soul Yoga, and Initiatives of Change USA.

      How can I contact the organizer with questions?

      For more information, contact info@ablackassfieldtrip.com. Also, please contact us if you require any reasonable accommodations due to a disabilty. Please follow @BlackassFieldTrip on Instagram for the latest trip updates.

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