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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Americans & Canadians. Swiss 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.

Restricted open to EU & UK visitors, but NOT to Americans & Canadians.

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, Portugal, Spain, 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

November in my soul…

          November arrived with its usual post-Halloween sugar hangover. Here at Home At First November marks the official start of the new travel year with the announcement of our new prices, programs, and destinations for the coming 12 months. This website has been updated with the results of our preparations.
          For many, November is the gray foreshadowing of winter — the dim, dreary month that must be endured between October’s harvest festivals and December’s glistening holidays. Not so at Home At First. This November we are daring to express cautious optimism that international travel for 2022 is coming back strong after nearly two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
          For many Home At First travelers, 2022’s journeys begin with daydreams during November’s darkness. Some of you will act on whims and choose 2022 destinations about which you may know very little: Ticino (Italian-Switzerland), Wales, Tipperary (Ireland), or southwest England’s Cornish coast. Others will decide to pursue travel goals you have dreamt of for years: April in Paris; London for May’s Chelsea Flower Show; Fjord Norway during the long days of mid-summer in June; hiking the Swiss Alps in August; tasting Tuscany’s food and wine during the September grape harvest; or discovering the roots of western civilization on a Roman holiday at any time of year. Maybe you will elect to escape winter in Bermuda this year (2021/2022) or New Zealand a year from now in 2022/2023, or embrace winter in Iceland, Scotland, Scandinavia, or Switzerland. Or maybe you hope to escape the North American summer’s heat and humidity exploring Scotland’s Highlands or emerald Ireland: golf, castles, distilleries, mountains, coastlines, plus lots of lochs & loughs! (In either case, be sure to bring jackets and sweaters.)
          Maybe you will start organizing an elaborate itinerary for the coming year. Maybe you will travel with a partner – shared experiences create special memories. Some of you will dare travel alone – there’s a world of interesting people to meet en route. Others have grand plans of a group adventure with family or friends – perhaps marking a landmark anniversary or birthday. Regardless of the number of travelers or the complexity of itinerary, Home At First is ready to help plan your ideal trip. And November is an ideal time to begin the planning process. Contact us. Let’s begin a conversation about your next dream trip.
         In Moby Dick, when Melville’s Ishmael recognizes his depression — “a damp, drizzly November in my soul,” — he decides to change both lifestyle and location by going to sea and traveling the world. Daring to trade a bleak present for an unknown future, Ishmael departs on a great journey, an epic adventure that exposes him to the wide world, its humanity, and its mysteries. November is here again, and the world awaits your decision to dare a great journey in the months ahead, to experience adventures that disclose the wideness of the world, the commonality of its humanity, and its endless marvels. It’s November – great journeys begin now.

— Ron Fahnestock, Editor

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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, 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

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