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Current Featured Travel Bargains to IRELAND, SWITZERLAND, PORTUGAL, & ENGLAND. Composite image © Home At First.
IRELAND: Save up to 26.3% ($781/prs) below 2024 rates for 1-week, full-package travel for late-summer & autumn in Ireland SEP—NOV 2024.
SWITZERLAND: Save 22% ($651 per person) for 1-week, full-package travel to any of 4 spectacular Swiss destinations during SEP—NOV 2024.
PORTUGAL: Save 28.8% ($862/prs) for full-package SEP—NOV travel to Portugal to Lisbon/Cascais, Porto, &/or the Algarve.
LONDON & ENGLAND: Save 24% ($717/prs) for 1-week, full-package late-summer & autumn travel (SEP—NOV 2024) to London or the Cotswolds
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Realizing Your International Travel Dreams — 

Home At First makes travel dreams come true with high-quality, excellent-value,
full-service, personalized, custom, independent, international travel planning.

 
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

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 custom, independent, international travel dreams. We design a free trip proposal for you, with all the right flights, lodgings, & ground transport you need to turn your custom, independent, international travel dreams into realities. When you accept your personalized trip design, send us your deposit payment. Then we arrange all the elements 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 Incognito 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 in a large number of set destinations.

• 1-Week Full Packages    • Ground Arrangements Only    • Lodging Only

Jump ahead to see our Current Travel Bargains.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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
 

PORTUGALPortugal — Catch of the Day! Rodrigo Costa Duarte Photo © Cascais Tourism

PORTUGAL

Fly/Drive or Fly/Rail
Choose 1, 2, or 3 Regions:

Porto & the North

Apartments in central Porto with choice of rental car or rail pass

Lisbon & beachy Cascais

Apartments in historic Lisbon city or in seaside Cascais town. Choice of rental car or rail pass

Algarve, the sunny south

Apartments right for the beach, for golf, or touring by rental car.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

ICELANDHome At First does custom, independent, international travel to Iceland!

AMAZING ROAD TRIP

Small Hotels & Inns along Iceland’s Ring Road, starting from Reykjavik. See volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, & black sand beaches.

Independent fly/drive itineraries combine with most European destinations. 

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

CUSTOM EUROPEAN TRIP PLANNING 

Do you have a unique travel goal for Europe? Home At First researches and custom-plans individual itineraries to your specific dream destinations, with all the lodgings, flights, and ground transportation needed to accomplish your goals.

WE CUSTOM-PLAN DREAM TRIPS TO:

England Scotland Wales • Ireland  Isle of Man

 Austria France Germany Greece  Italy

Netherlands  Portugal Spain Switzerland
Iceland  Denmark Finland Norway  Sweden

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A Letter from Home…

The Groundhog Has Spoken.

          February. The Groundhog has spoken. We’re from Pennsylvania – home of the notable Punxsutawney Phil – but we’re not so loyal to our official rodent as to be gullible. With or without Phil’s prognostication, Spring will arrive sooner or later, likely sooner, if global warming has its way.
          The Groundhog, after all, has much less to say about the climate than he does about procrastination. In a hurry for spring to arrive? You’re probably not a procrastinator. Secretly relieved when Phil sees his shadow that winter will hang on? You’re probably in no hurry to start working on your beach body.
          Time ranks among our greatest gifts, too precious to be wasted carelessly. We all get some time on earth, but none of us can say how much we have. When we are young, time is like an ocean of water — there seems so much time, we can waste some of it cavalierly. When we are old, time has become more like a desert oasis — every second is like a life-giving drop.
          Young procrastinators are funny: fops and slackers, stock characters of comic theater and cinema. Old procrastinators are tragic fools: earning our derision by wasting precious time. Both age groups of procrastinators miss opportunities, but there is a key difference: young procrastinators believe the opportunities will come around again, while old ones should know better.
          Travel opportunities usually continue, cyclically, year after year. But not always. We remember when Iran welcomed Westerners but Bhutan didn’t, when Cuba was a thing, and Cabo wasn’t. Time, climate, economics, and – perhaps especially – politics change accessibility of destinations.
          More frequently, however, it is our fitness to travel – mostly our ages, our health, and our finances – that determines what opportunities are available for us. For foreign travel there is a sweet spot in time: old enough to have money enough, but young enough to have health enough. In the travel industry, this sweet spot is often referred to as The Window. Everyone’s Window is different. Yours could open earlier and close later than most. Or, the opposite may be true: your Window of Opportunity may be short.
          As with Time in general, none of us can say how long The Window will be open. Recognizing your opportunities will help you accomplish your travel goals and realize your travel dreams. But recognizing isn’t enough. Only acting – and not procrastinating – while The Window is open will let you achieve your goals, and make your travel dreams come true.
          Here at Home At First, we are ready to help you reach your goals efficiently, affordably, and comfortably. Contact us – quick, before your Window closes.

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How to Have a Happy 2024: Independent, International Travel, Simplified.

          We anoint 2024 with a theme we believe fundamental to Home At First travelers, and the motivation behind independent, international travel: “Life, Simplified.”

What’s this all about?
          Modern life bombards our senses with a daily diet of stresses — health, financial, political, and more — as we attempt to navigate across a minefield of electronic distractions, social obligations, career demands, and family & social obligations.
          For for many people travel offers a way to temporarily take up residence in a life we would like to lead, a life optimized, a life simplified.
          We spend our lives searching for our happy places, where our interests are piqued, our relationships renewed, our energies invigorated, places where our numbed senses — paralyzed by the stresses of everyday life — reawaken with the thrill of discovery.

Travel is our purposeful search for happy places. We take the minimum with us: a few clothes, almost no food or drink, only basic medications. Half of us take mandatory make-up. Most of us — and this only for the past 25-30 years — bring one or more electronic lifelines (phone/camera with/without laptop). Otherwise, we abandon much of our lives: our cars, our houses/apartments, our work schedules, our hobbies, our shopping rituals, our social circles, and we deregulate our religious practices, eating habits, TV watching, & our sleep timing.
          In place of these vacated routines travel fills the vacuum, and does so according to whim, impulse, curiosity, instinct, and native urge. When traveling, we sleep, eat, drink, and bathe not according to the rigid schedules of our real lives, but only when we physically must or when we casually want. Almost nothing is done by rote repetition.
          Nearly everything is new, unfamiliar, and interesting, as when we were children or young adults just starting out. And our attention to the details of this newness brings us alive. Food tastes bigger; smells are more intense; colors appear more vibrant; new sounds command our attention as new sights turn our heads and demand focus. Even the tactile requires careful inspection: the feel of leather, of fabric, of stone, of wood. Suddenly we are in Wonderland where things apparently familiar are markedly different and draw us to them.

Overwhelmed with newness, travelers have little time for complexity. When green is suddenly greener, water sweet, morning dew bejeweled, and lingering evening light soft, there’s no time for incestuous political squabbles on TV, the neighbor’s dog on the lawn (again), rushing to the drugstore before it closes, or getting that coveted 8AM tee-time. When everything is new/weird/attractive/confusing — from the language you hear (I wish I paid more attention in French class in high school), to the signage you don’t understand (no parking? one-way? pedestrians only?), to the food that smells inviting but you’re not so sure of (snails, goat, wild boar, horse, whale, reindeer), to tipping (yes? no? when? where?), to finding aspirin (you mean they don’t sell aspirin over the counter in drugstores?!) — life becomes simple again. Successful travelers experience the delight of the new, the euphoria of the different, and the fresh start joy of living simply.

Importantly, living simply and traveling well begin with a phone call or email to Home At First.

— Ron Fahnestock, Editor

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 OUTSTANDING DEALS

FOR CUSTOM, INDEPENDENT,
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
DURING 2024!

PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2024 

IRELAND – LATE-SUMMER & FALL 2024 

LONDON & ENGLAND – SEPT–NOV 2024 

SWITZERLAND — SUMMER/FALL 2024  

ENDING SOON!

& RARELY ON SALE –

LATE-SUMMER & FALL in

Portugal

TRAVEL between 06SEP-02NOV 2024

— 7-Day Independent Full Package —

CHOOSE FROM 3 REGIONS:

Porto & The North 

(upper Portugal)

Lisbon & Cascais

(west-central Portugal)

The Algarve

(Portugal’s south coast)

INCLUDED IN THE INDEPENDENT TRAVEL FULL PACKAGE:

7 Total Nights Cottage/Apartment Lodgings in the Porto Region, or the Lisbon/Cascais Region, or the Algarve Region.
Round-Trip Transatlantic Flights USA to Portugal.
Your Choice of either a 1-Week Car Rental or a Portugal Rail Pass.

A Detailed Printed Guide geared for your trip.

HURRY WHILE AVAILABLE!

BOOK BY MARCH 4, 2024

Depart Fridays 06SEP–25OCT 2024

SAVE 28.8%! SAVE $862/prs!

$2,130

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

PORTUGAL SPECIAL DETAILS

EXTRAORDINARY VALUE!

$AVE 26.3% – $781/person!

IRELAND!

Ireland in Late-Summer & Autumn!

25 MUST-DO ACTIVITIES IN IRELAND:

TRAVEL 06SEP – 02NOV24

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

EXTENDED OFFER!

BOOK BY MARCH 2, 2024

Daily Departures 06SEP–25OCT24

SAVE 26.3%! SAVE $781/prs!

$2,191

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

IRELAND SPECIAL DETAILS

EXCITING NEW OFFER!

PRIME-TIME ENGLAND!

TRAVEL SEPT. 6 thru NOV. 2, 2024

7-Day Independent Travel Full Packages to:

CHOOSE FROM APARTMENTS IN CENTRAL

LONDON

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

OR IN CLASSIC ENGLISH VILLAGES IN THE:

COTSWOLDS

• Independent Travel with Transatlantic Flights
• Cottage Lodgings in England’s classic Cotswolds
• 1-Week Car Rental Included

LATE-SUMMER & AUTUMN SPECIAL!

• DEPART FRIDAYS — 6SEP–25OCT 2024

$AVE UP TO 24% – $717/person!

EXCELLENT PRICE!

$2,282

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

BOOK BY MARCH 4, 2024

LONDON/COTSWOLDS SEP-NOV DETAILS

THIS SUPER VALUE
EXPIRES SOON!

$AVE 22% – $651/person!

SWITZERLAND!

Late-Summer & Early-Autumn!

CHOOSE FROM 4 SPECTACULAR REGIONS:

Kandersteg: alpine village & touring center
Mürren: car-free alpine village; amazing views
Locarno: Swiss city with Italian flair, style, climate
Zermatt: famed resort town by the Matterhorn

7-Day Independent Full Package:

Independent Fly/Drive Travel with Transatlantic Flights
+ Chalet/Apartment Lodgings + 1-Week TransPass

TRAVEL 06SEP – 02NOV 2024

Friday Departures 06SEP24 – 25OCT24

To Get This Rare Swiss Travel Special

BOOK BY MARCH 1, 2024

SAVE 22.9%! SAVE $651/prs!

$2,325

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

SWITZERLAND 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