Realizing Your International Travel Dreams —

 

 

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

What Happens Next…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

SIX STEPS TO MAKING YOUR DREAM TRIP COME TRUE —

1. DREAM

Do you dream of international travel?

Do you dream of international travel?
Maybe stories you have read or movies you have seen have inspired you.
Maybe tracing family roots is your ambition.
Maybe music, theater, or sports are your focused goals.
      Whatever your reasons to travel overseas, your international 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 design a travel plan 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 trip 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: 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. 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, not hardened enough at first to be considered realities.

5. dECOMPRESS

Decompressing when you arrive at your destination: stress falls away and magic begins.

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. 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. Peace happens.

6. dISCOVER

Discover: a first stroll lets you explore your surroundings. Everything is new, including you.

Your 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 closely. Listen even more closely. Hear strange language: familiar 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 DREAM TRIP HERE:

Home At First Destinations

around the World

Featuring Quality Hosted Lodgings

Open to vaccinated Americans & Canadians. Pre-arrival & UK tests required (until 11FEB22).

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 vaccinated Americans & Canadians. Pre-arrival & UK tests required (until 11FEB22).

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 vaccinated Americans & Canadians. Pre-arrival & UK tests required (until 11FEB22).

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 vaccinated Americans & Canadians. Pre-arrival & UK tests required (until 11FEB22?).

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 open to vaccinated Americans & Canadians. Test needed in No. Ireland (until 11FEB22?).

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. French Health Pass recommended — available in pharmacies.

PARISParis!

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 vaccinated Americans & Canadians w/ negative pre-arrival test.

ITALYItaly!

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 vaccinated visitors. 2 tests & Swiss vax certificate required.

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 for fully vaccinated visitors with negative pre-arrival PCR or antigen test.

 ICELAND 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. 

Vaccinated Americans & Canadians welcome without test or quarantine.

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.

Certified vaccinated visitors welcome without testing or quarantine.

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.

Vaccinated Americans & Canadians welcome without testing or quarantine. 

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.

BORDERS CLOSED to North American Tourists indefinitely.

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. Strict testing protocols.

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 EUROPE

COUNTRIES WE CUSTOM-PLAN DREAM TRIPS TO:

Britain   Ireland

Finland   Iceland

Germany  Holland

Greece  Italy

Portugal Spain

France Switzerland

Denmark Norway Sweden

Covid 4.0.

          It’s January, 2022, and, after 2 full years of the Covid pandemic, the arrival of the latest virus variant, “omicron”, has everyone wondering if we are back at the beginning, or if the virus is evolving into something that will permit us to return to “normal”.
          No industry has been more negatively impacted by Covid than international travel. Here at Home At First we’re optimists. We have to be in order to get through this enduring pandemic. We believe that wider spread vaccinations (and booster shots) plus the introduction of promising new oral medications will minimize the threats of Covid variants, possibly rendering the risks of getting Covid to something akin to the risk of getting the flu.
          We are also realists. We see that Covid comes and goes in waves, which cannot be absolutely predicted. Although Covid in Europe is high now and climbing dramatically in both the United States & Canada, the charts suggest that the numbers of infections may fall again dramatically in a couple of months. We may already be seeing the beginning of such a downturn of cases in the UK.
         
We intend to survive the pandemic intact and be ready to serve our clients. Our best resource is our dedicated team with years of professional experience as international travel planners.
          Meanwhile, continue to do your part: get vaccinated & boostered, mask & maintain proper distance, and follow the science. And, when the time you want to travel comes, remember, Home At First is still ready.

— Ron Fahnestock & Judi Taussig Fahnestock, Editors 

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A Letter from Home…

          THE KEY TO ENDING THIS PANDEMIC: International travel is not a right. It is a privilege we believe Americans & Canadians even of modest means should be able to afford. Historically, wars, terrorism, and natural disasters have at times limited our ability to travel to certain destinations. Now, the plague of Covid-19 has placed limits on international travel. We should not be free to potentially add to the spread of the pandemic. Science has provided us with a passport for international travel that most destinations recognize as low-risk to them and to us: the vaccines accepted & approved as effective. They are the key, not only to permitting international travel to continue, but to ending this world-wide pandemic. If you are fully-vaccinated — and boostered — you are a big part of the solution. Thank you for helping us all. Here at Home At First we look forward to helping you enjoy the great privilege of international travel.

— Ron Fahnestock, Editor

HOW TO BUILD, PRICE, AND BOOK YOUR TRIP —

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