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?
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 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

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. 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

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

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

 May Re-Open for International Visitors as early as May 17, 2021.

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.

May Re-Open for International Visitors as early as May 17, 2021.

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

May Re-Open for International Visitors as early as May 17, 2021.

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

May Re-Open for International Visitors as early as May 17, 2021.

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

International Visitors Welcome but must quarantine for 14 days.

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

France to welcome vaccinated North Americans on June 9.

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

BORDERS CLOSED to North Americans. Policy under review.

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 

BORDERS CLOSED. May open to vaccinated North Americans.

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 Vaccinated or Formerly Infected International Visitors.

 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. 

BORDERS CLOSED. May open to vaccinated North Americans.

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.

BORDERS CLOSED to North Americans. Policy under review.

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.

BORDERS CLOSED. May open to vaccinated North Americans.

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

US, UK, & Canadian Visitors Welcome with strict protocols.

BERMUDA

BETWEEN BRITAIN & 
THE CARIBBEAN:

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

NOW OPEN: Greece; Iceland; Ireland (quarantine). SOON: France; UK; Portugal.

CUSTOM EUROPE

COUNTRIES WE CUSTOM-PLAN DREAM TRIPS TO:

Britain   Ireland

Finland   Iceland

Germany  Holland

Greece  Italy

Portugal Spain

France Switzerland

Denmark Norway Sweden

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 ICELAND

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7-Day Full-Package Self-Driving
Tour Around Iceland with
Flights + Lodgings + Rental Car

FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES:

FLIGHTS from JFK or BOS. Flights from all other USA & Canada airports available at extra cost. Please inquire.

AIRPORT BUS TRANSFER to Reykjavik hotel arrival day.

7 NIGHTS LODGING with breakfast in Icelandic inns.

5 DAYS CAR RENTAL: includes taxes, unlimited mileage, & liability insurance coverage. Pick-up in Reykjavik city; drop-off at Keflavik Airport.

 

If you wish a more leisurely trip with more time for activities en route around Iceland, you can

ADD 3 NIGHTS LODGING & CAR FOR:

$704

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

 

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A Letter from Home…

      International Travel is re-emerging. To our many travelers, that means Home At First is back. Thank you for that. But, we never really left. Like many of you we have been holding our collective breath, hunkered down in our home-offices, trying to keep up with the latest health recommendations and government assistance programs. We have been living a lifeboat existence, carefully measuring and dividing resources, and focusing less on missing the realities of 2019 than on imagining what 2021, 2022, and 2023 may look like.
          That requires some educated guesswork. We guessed this the ideal time to make some crucial changes. We have built a new website. You are reading it, and we hope you like it. In some ways it has more: more photos, more specifics about lodgings, things to see & do, and more about getting around our many destinations. In some ways it has less: fewer human-interest stories and suggested day-trip itineraries, and no more golf course guide. The new website’s presentation is bigger and broader on PC screens & laptops, and the proper size for smart phone and tablet screens. We have tried to make the new site compact, efficient, well-illustrated, and easy to use. But there is still no e-commerce. We simply do not wish to let anyone buy from us without first talking with us about their travel dreams. A positive discussion between an informed buyer and a knowledgeable seller always helps optimize the design of any travel package. If that idea is old-fashioned, so is our continued commitment to be non-invasive. As far as we know, the new website only collects “cookies” on the four forms found on the site, and only then to help you reconnect with us on subsequent visits.
          The website is not the only major new development at Home At First. We have upgraded our computers with hardware and software changes that will make us more efficient at managing the complexities of planning customized travel to many different destinations. Complimenting this upgrade is the installation of a state-of-the-art computerized accounting system. We have smart new office systems, a shiny new website, and a full menu of destinations open or expected to open in the coming weeks and months. We are ready for you.
          If you are like us, you have been waiting for this moment to come. The great re-opening of international travel is beginning. We expect the re-opening to accelerate as the weather warms. But it’s not about the weather. It’s all about the near-miracle of the vaccinations scientists have developed during the last year. The vaccinated will be able to safely resume many aspects of life that have been dangerously life-threatening over the last 15 months. The vaccinated are becoming welcome in countries around the world. The vaccinated will jumpstart the economic recovery. The vaccinated will lead us into the future, a future with less fear, less disease and death. That future is beginning now. Revitalized international travel is one of its first achievements.
          But the pandemic still rages in many parts of the world. Have compassion. Heed the advice of the scientists: wear your masks wherever & whenever appropriate. And get vaccinated – it leads to the realization of your international travel dreams.

— Ron Fahnestock
    Editor

HOW TO BUILD, PRICE, AND BOOK YOUR TRIP —

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