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 visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required..

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 visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

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 visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

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 visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

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. No tests or forms 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:

6 North Island regions

6 South Island regions

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

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 visitors. No Covid tests or locator form required.

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…

          There are many reasons to arrange your independent overseas travel through Home At First. In this space we will present several important advantages, starting with:

I. We cost less to plan your travel than if you try to do it yourself.
          Our experienced team of professionals knows travel. The largest single item for most foreign travel is airfare. Unlike the huge on-line travel companies who have contracts to promote certain airlines, flights, and higher fares, we scour ALL airlines to find the lowest fares and flight itineraries for your trip. Whenever possible we work directly with lodging and transportation providers to get the best prices possible without paying middlemen. We study airfares up to 11 months in advance of travel looking for sale fares, then offer special full-packages to our destinations in the form of frequent Travel Bargains specials and personalized “Instant Discounts”. And our annual Early-Bird Special (offered during September & October annually) lets you avoid price increases by pricing next year’s travel at this year’s rates.

          Most individuals planning their own travel do not have the industry knowledge, personal contacts, or time to ferret out these deals. That’s Home At First‘s advantage #1. Watch for more advantages to be detailed in this space in the coming weeks.

          You may already know about Home At First‘s advantages. But many of your traveling friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues do not know the advantages of planning their next international trip through Home At First. When you’re talking travel with them, tell them about us. Or, let us start a conversation with them by Referring A Friend. They’ll thank you. Have them tell us you recommended Home At First, and we’ll thank you, too.

— Ron Fahnestock, Editor

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FIND OUR BEST VALUES HERE:

Current Travel Bargains

 4 OUTSTANDING DEALS
FOR TRAVEL DURING 2023!

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL!

IRELAND

$AVE UP TO 28.3% – $821/person!

THINGS TO DO IN IRELAND THIS SPRING:

CHOOSE FROM 4 IRISH REGIONS:

• Central Ireland (Co. Clare & Co. Tipperary)
• Dublin  (in the center of Ireland’s capital)
• Northwest Ireland (Co. Donegal & Co. Sligo)
Southwest Ireland (Co. Cork & Co. Kerry)

7-Day Independent Full Package:

Independent Fly/Drive Travel with Transatlantic Flights
+ Cottage/Apartment Lodgings + 1-Week Car Rental or Dublin TransPass

TRAVEL 21APR – 17JUN 2023

MAIN & HIGH SEASON DEPARTURES:

MAIN Season Departures 21APR23 to 12MAY23 —

$1,899

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

OR:

HIGH Season Departures 19MAY23 to 09JUN23 —

$2,080

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

NEW OFFER!

BOOK BY DECEMBER 17, 2022

IRISH SPRING: FULL DETAILS

Exciting New Destination!

Cascais, Portugal

Springtime in Portugal now on sale!

SPRING INTRODUCTORY SALE!

TRAVEL 31MAR23 – 20MAY23

7-Day Independent Full Package:

Round-Trip Flights No. America to Lisbon, Portugal
7 Nights Lodging (Sa-Sa) upscale, seaside Cascais
Spring – the Best Time to Visit Cascais & Lisbon 
Centrally-Located Quality Vacation Apartments
Excellent, attentive, English-speaking hostess 
Independent Travel in Portugal by Car or Rail
Beaches, Food & Wine, Culture, Architecture 
Explore Cascais, plus nearby Sintra & Lisbon
Your Choice of: Flexi RailPass or Car Rental

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY DECEMBER 11, 2022

Friday Departures 31MAR23 – 12MAY23

Special Introductory Full-Package Price!

$2,103

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

INTRODUCING CASCAIS: DETAILS

LONDON
in the Spring

THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS SPRING:

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL!

TRAVEL 3MAR – 20MAY 2023

7-Day Independent Full Package:

• Independent Travel with Transatlantic Flights
• Central London Apartments near Tower Bridge
• London Transport Pass Included

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY DECEMBER 14, 2022

Friday Departures 3MAY – 12MAY, 2023

$AVE UP TO 30% – $843/person!

$1,991

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

LONDON SPRING SPECIAL: FULL DETAILS

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL!

Oh to be in —

ENGLAND

now that Spring is there!

TRAVEL 3MAR – 20MAY, 2023

CHOOSE FROM 4 DESTINATIONS:

• CORNWALL (SW England)
• COTSWOLDS (Heart of England)
• NORTH YORKSHIRE (NE England)
• THE LAKE DISTRICT (NW England)

7-Day Full-Package includes:

Independent Fly/Drive Travel with Transatlantic Flights
+ Cottage/Apartment Lodgings + 1-Week Car Rental

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY DECEMBER 14, 2022

Friday Departures 3MAY – 12MAY, 2023

$AVE UP TO 30% – $843/person!

$1,991

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

SPRING IN ENGLAND SPECIAL: DETAILS

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

Contact HOME AT FIRST: (800) 523-5842 (toll-free USA & Canada) • +1 610 543 4348 (worldwide) • info@homeatfirst.com