In a group I currently run, there is an Aarakocra ranger that likes to fly a lot. It's been fun overcoming some of the challenges this can bring to the table, but I have something coming up that I'm not sure how to handle.
The group are about to spend a few sessions wandering through a big ol' forest, one of the ranger's favoured terrains.
Would their bonuses still apply to the party if the ranger is scouting ahead flying above the tree tops?
They aren't strictly with the party, or even really 'in' the terrain. Does the ranger have to travel on foot with the party for them to take advantage of the natural explorers bonuses? Would only some of the bonuses count?