Realizing Your International Travel Dreams — 

Custom, Independent, International Travel from Home At First.

 

 

Your journey begins in the immense sky.
Over the vast ocean, you sleep
high above the storm.

Begin Your Dream Journey Here…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

SIX STEPS TO MAKING YOUR Custom, INDEPENDENT, international Travel DREAMS COME TRUE —

1. DREAM

Do you dream of Custom, Independent, International Travel?

Do you dream of custom, independent, international travel?
Maybe stories you have read or movies you have seen have inspired you.
Or, maybe tracing family roots is your ambition.
Or, maybe music, theater, or sports are your focused goals.
      Whatever your reasons to travel overseas, your travel dreams can come true. This is where the travel experts at Home At First come in.

2. dESIGN

Tell us your travel dreams. We will plan your custom, independent, international travel to make your dream trip a reality.

Tell us your travel dreams. We design a free trip proposal for you, with all the right flights, lodgings, & ground transport you need to turn your international travel dreams into realities, efficiently and economically. Only when you accept your personalized trip design is your deposit payment due. Once your deposit is received, we put in place all the arrangements to make your dream trip come to life.

3. dAYDREAM

Reading & Daydreaming about your custom, independent, international travel destination will prepare you for the real thing.

Read & daydream about your trip! Before your trip begins you receive a comprehensive guidebook keyed for your destinations. Thirty days prior to your departure you receive all necessary trip documents (tickets, vouchers, passes) plus detailed arrival information, including your overseas addresses, contact information for your lodgings and your hosts, and specific meeting plans for arrival day. 

4. dEPART

Departure Day: Your custom, independent, international travel begins in the sky as you fly away from the familiar to a new land of adventure.

Departure Day. Check-in and Security and two hours of  Waiting-to-Board (sorry). Then the big bird soars, and the wise flier snores. Too soon breakfast interrupts rudely, signifying the approaching landing. Terra Incognita appears out the cabin window. A new world appears as if out of your airplane slumber. Dreams begin to transform into first impressions, but not yet hardened enough to be considered realities.

5. dECOMPRESS

Decompressing when you arrive at your destination: stress falls away and magic begins: your custom, independent, international travel dreams are coming true.

Arrival Day. In some prearranged way — train, bus, taxi, rental car — you find your foggy way to your first night’s lodging. Bed’s invitation wrestles with your curiosity to explore, and bed mostly wins, at least for a couple of hours. You wake in a new place where you barely remember arriving. Time seems as fuzzy as your mind is groggy. You are hungry. Your first meal will help reestablish order. Relaxation begins, and Peace happens.

6. dISCOVER

Discover: a first stroll lets you explore your surroundings. Everything is new, including you. Your custom, independent, international travel takes you to the places you have dreamed of.

Your custom, independent, international travel dream begins. A new morning — the first day of your new life. Take a walk. Eat a fresh pastry with a reassuring coffee or a change-up tea. Watch & listen closely. Hear strange language: even English words now sound foreign. Observe all around you. Dare to speak, to order, to shop. Can you find your way home? Home. Your new home. Comfortable. Roomy. You’re Home At First.

FIND YOUR CUSTOM, INDEPENDENT, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL DREAM DESTINATION HERE:

Home At First Destinations

Our World of Custom, Independent, International Travel

Featuring Quality Hosted Lodgings

Jump ahead to see our Current Travel Bargains.

Open to visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

LONDONHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to London!

SUPERBLY LOCATED CENTRAL LONDON APARTMENTS:

Tower Bridge North

near historic Tower of London & Tower Hill tube.

• Tower Bridge South

in fashionable riverside Bermondsey.

• London Bridge North

near Monument tube station.

• London Bridge South

near London Bridge station.

 Open to visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

ENGLANDHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to England!

COTTAGES IN FOUR
ENGLISH REGIONS

  •The Cotswolds

Heart of England

Cornwall & Devon

The West Country

The Lake District

Northwest England

The Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

Cambridge   • Oxford
Cheshire & Shropshire
The Midlands

Central England

Open to visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

SCOTLAND

Home At First does custom, independent, international travel to Scotland!

LODGINGS IN THREE SCOTTISH REGIONS:

The Central Highlands

 Scotland’s Heartland

Edinburgh

Scotland’s Historic Capital

Inverness & North

The Northern Highlands

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

Glasgow
The Borders
Isle of Skye
Mull & Iona
Outer Hebrides
Orkney & Shetland

Open to visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

WALESHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Wales!

COTTAGES IN TWO 
NATIONAL PARK REGIONS OF WALES

Mid-Wales

Brecon Beacons Nat’l. Park

Northwest Wales

Snowdonia Nat’l. Park

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

Southwest Wales
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Ireland & No. Ireland open to visitors without Covid restrictions.

IRELANDHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Ireland & Northern Ireland!

COTTAGES & APARTMENTS IN FIVE IRISH REGIONS:

 Central Ireland

Tipperary & Clare

Southwest Ireland

Cork & Kerry

Northwest Ireland

Donegal & Sligo

 Northern Ireland 

Antrim & Londonderry

Dublin City Apts.

Dublin

Open to vaccinated North Americans without Covid restrictions.

PARISHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Paris!

LEFT & RIGHT BANK
 PARIS APARTMENT LOCATIONS:

 Central Paris
 Apartments 

in safe, attractive, desirable neighborhoods near attractions, the Métro, restaurants, and services:

Arrondissements 1-8, 11, & 18.

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

Provence
• Normandy
• Alsace

Open to all visitors. No Covid testing or other restrictions.

ITALYHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Italy!

ROME, TUSCANY, & 5 SPECIAL REQUEST REGIONS:

Central Rome Apts.

Tuscany: Siena Estate

Tuscany: Hill Country 

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

Amalfi Coast

Cinque Terre

• Florence

•  Venice 

•  Sicily 

Open to all visitors. No Covid testing or other restrictions.

SWITZERLANDHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Switzerland!

APTS. & CHALETS ACROSS THE SWISS ALPS:

Bernese Oberland Alps:

Mürren & Kandersteg

Italian Switzerland:

Locarno & its neighbors

The Valaisian Alps:

The Matterhorn & Zermatt

& by SPECIAL REQUEST:

• Eastern Switzerland:
Pontresina, the Bernina Alps, & the Upper Engadine
 

Open to all visitors. No Covid testing or other restrictions.

 ICELAND Home At First does custom, independent, international travel to Iceland!

CIRCLING ICELAND:
THE RING ROAD TRIP

Boutique Hotels, Inns,
& Apartments around
Iceland’s Ring Road
including Reykjavik,
volcanoes & glaciers.

Independent discovery set itineraries of 3, 7, & 10 day lengths, or custom-made for your budget, interests, and time constraints. 

Iceland is combinable with most European destinations. 

Open to vaccinated Americans & Canadians. No testing or restrictions.

DENMARK Home At First does custom, independent, international travel to Denmark!

 LODGINGS IN THREE DANISH REGIONS:

 Zealand: Copenhagen & Roskilde

Odense & Funen

 Aarhus, Aalborg, & Jutland

Classic lodging locations in Copenhagen & Roskilde. Special request locations throughout Denmark.

Open to vaccinated Americans & Canadians. No testing or restrictions.

NORWAYHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Norway!

OSLO, BERGEN, &
THE FJORDS

Plus Stavanger, Kristiansand, Lillehammer, Ålesund, Trondheim, Lofoten, & Tromsø

Lodgings at 8 classic & 5 special request Norwegian locations including the World Heritage Site fjords.

Open to vaccinated Americans & Canadians. No testing or restrictions.

SWEDENHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Sweden!

LODGINGS IN FIVE CLASSIC REGIONS:

Stockholm

Uppsala

Gothenburg

 Lakeland

West Coast

Boutique Hotels, Inns, & Apartments at 5 classic & 4 special request locations across Sweden.

Open to vaccinated visitors. Pre-entry test, 2 on-site tests, & visitor locator form required.

NEW ZEALANDHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to New Zealand!

 NORTH & SOUTH ISLANDS — A ROAD TRIP OF DISCOVERY:

Individually planned itineraries using boutique lodgings with outstanding hosting in:

7 North Island regions

7 South Island regions

Vaccinated US, UK, & Canadian visitors welcome with pre-arrival test & form.

BERMUDAHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Bermuda!

BETWEEN BRITAIN & 
THE CARIBBEAN:

 Bermuda offers much
 more than its famed pink sand beaches. We offer cottages & inns across the island.

OPEN to vaccinated Americans & Canadians: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, & the UK.

CUSTOM EUROPEHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to much of Europe!

COUNTRIES WE CUSTOM-PLAN DREAM TRIPS TO:

Britain   Ireland

Finland   Iceland

Germany  Holland

Greece  Italy

Portugal Spain

France Switzerland

Denmark Norway Sweden

A Letter from Home…

STICKER SHOCK. Have you flown recently? If so, was it domestically or to the Caribbean or Mexico? Bet you paid a high fare. When you reached your destination, did the prices for lodging, car rental, and restaurant meals shock you? Maybe you’ve been reading about travel inflation or experienced sticker shock first hand at your local gas station. But the current domestic economic realities are not universal.

BUT NOT EVERYWHERE. Fact is, travel for Americans & Canadians to much of Western Europe right now is available at bargain rates. Because of Covid worries, Ukraine worries, and inflation worries, the expected boom year in North American travel to Europe has not materialized.

GOOD NEWS (for a change). The Covid pandemic has largely burned itself out here and abroad. Want to travel with a minimal risk of Covid? Get vaccinated and stay current with your booster shots. Stay healthy. Don’t take unnecessary risks.

NO MORE RE-ENTRY COVID TESTING FOR RETURNING YANKS. Afraid of catching Covid and getting stuck overseas by a failed exit rapid antigen or PCR test? The USA finally ended its test requirement for returning citizens (& all vaccinated passengers). One less worry, and, for many, one less travel insurance cost.

NO PLACE TO RUN TO, BABY. NO PLACE TO HIDE. Want to avoid getting nuked by Putin? Think Chicago will be safer than Chernobyl if the ICBMs start to fly? If you’re staying home for this reason, you should be putting this year’s travel money into building a backyard bomb shelter. Otherwise, don’t expect the Russkies to hit the beaches of Scotland or parachute into Paris. They pretty much have their hands full in the Donbas.

THE NEW MATH. But isn’t inflation worldwide? Yes. In Western Europe, inflation is running at annual rates from below 3% to above 10%, depending upon the country, with most countries projecting between 7-9% increases, levels very similar to the United States. There is an important difference. The US dollar has strengthened significantly since January versus European currencies: (9.3% against the Euro; 10.3% against the pound sterling; even 9.2% against the normally stolid Swiss franc). This means that despite inflation eroding your buying power at home, your dollars actually go further than last year in Europe.

FEAR OF FLYING. About those airfares. Domestic: bad. Transatlantic: good. Have a look at our current collection of Travel Bargains, featuring a new one to Scandinavia offering savings of more than 31% for late-summer & autumn travel. This year, it’s probably cheaper for most of you to travel to Europe for a week than to book a week at Disney.

— Ron Fahnestock, Editor

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Current Travel Bargains

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& SPECIAL OFFERS

Scandinavian Capitals

LATE-SUMMER/FALL SALE!

TRAVEL 09SEP22 – 08NOV22

7-Day Independent Full Package:

Choose 1 or 2 from Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
Independent Travel with Transatlantic Flights
City Inns/Hotels with City Transport Passes
InterCity Scandinavian Flights included

NEW OFFER!

BOOK BY JUNE 29, 2022

Daily Departures 09SEP22 – 31OCT22

$AVE UP TO 31.5% – $890/person!

$1,931

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS: DETAILS

SCOTLAND

LATE-SUMMER/FALL SALE!

TRAVEL 09SEP22 – 05NOV22

7-Day Independent Full Package:

• Choose Edinburgh, Central or Northern Scotland
• Independent Travel with Transatlantic Flights
• City Apartments or Rural Cottage Lodgings
• Comes with Car Rental or ScotRail Pass

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY JUNE 26, 2022

Friday Departures 09SEP22 – 28OCT22

$AVE UP TO 14.3% – $329/person!

$1,971

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

EXPLORE SCOTLAND: FULL DETAILS

LATE-SUMMER & FALL IN BRITAIN!

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY JUNE 26, 2022

TRAVEL 09SEP22 – 05NOV22

Depart Fridays 09SEP22 – 28OCT22

7-Day Full-Package includes:

• Choose London, rural England, or rural Wales
• Independent Travel w/ Transatlantic Flights
• City Apartments or Rural Cottage Lodgings
• Comes with London Pass or Car Rental

CHOOSE FROM 8 DESTINATIONS IN:

ENGLAND • LONDONWALES

$AVE UP TO 23% – $603/person!

$1,997

1 WEEK FULL PACKAGE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY 

LATE-SUMMER/FALL in BRITAIN: DETAILS

LATE-SUMMER/FALL IN

SWITZERLAND!

CHOOSE FROM THESE 3
SPECTACULAR SWISS DESTINATIONS:

KANDERSTEG
LOCARNO, or MÜRREN

TRAVEL 09SEP22 – 05NOV22

7-Day Full-Package includes:

Independent Travel with transatlantic Flights
+ TransPasses + Apartment Lodgings

OFFER EXTENDED!

BOOK BY JULY 3, 2022

Depart Fridays 09SEP22 – 28OCT22

$AVE UP TO 16.7% – $440/person!

$2,191

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

SEP—NOV IN SWITZERLAND: DETAILS

HOW TO BUILD, PRICE, & BOOK YOUR CUSTOM, INDEPENDENT, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL —

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