Tar Heel Travel

Why travel with the GAA?

We work with some of the most experienced tour operators in the educational travel industry. You can take comfort in secure travel arrangements and enjoy a uniquely special travel experience that is enriched with exclusive events and regional experts. In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, our tour partners have updated their cancellation policies. They provide flexibility when booking a tour and vigorously administer on-tour protocols to maintain traveler health and safety.

This year, we’re excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary of Tar Heel Travel. A lot has changed since the first tour departed in 1971, but the transformative nature of travel remains. We help Carolina alumni engage with their world every day. Find your trip, and plan your next adventure.

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Tar Heel Travel is a perk for GAA members. Membership in the GAA is open to anyone seeking closer ties to the University. To join the GAA, call (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Points of Contact

Douglass Payne '04 ('06 MAT)
Senior Coordinator of Alumni Education and Travel
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Douglass has served as coordinator of alumni education and travel since 2013. She enjoys playing her cello, traveling internationally, knitting and running in her free time. At home, Douglass excels as a gluten-free baker and at showering her daughter Millie and son Henry with love.

Catherine Nichols '89
Senior Coordinator of Faculty Relations and Travel
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Catherine joined the GAA in Sept. 2016. She loves connecting faculty with alumni and the community. As an alumna of UNC and native of Chapel Hill, she’s thrilled to represent UNC and the alumni community through her work. Catherine enjoys spending time on campus with her family and traveling at any opportunity. She also enjoys movies, biking and reading.