The storm will pass. The rainbow
reveals the promise of Hope.
rainbow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it,
that I may remember
the everlasting covenant between God and every living
creature upon the earth."
Photo of Mürren, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland ©
Home At First
been thinking about you, hoping that you can get
around okay without taking too many risks, hoping
your kids and grandchildren can resume their
schooling safely & attentively, hoping that your
bills are getting paid, hoping that your
stocks & bonds have recovered into positive numbers
(and stay there!), hoping you have found some
moments to relax and enjoy life, hoping
that you come out the other end of this tunnel
And, when you do, maybe we can get together
and dare to bump elbows. Better yet, let’s plan to
meet for beers in London, or the Swiss Alps, or
Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Paris, Italy,
Scandinavia, Iceland, Bermuda, New Zealand, Holland,
Germany, Spain, or Portugal. We confess to knowing a
few good watering holes.
Let us all dare to hope.
— Your Friends at
Home At First
showing us the new way forward...
The EU has decided —
quite rightly, based on the current rates of new COVID-19
cases across the US — not to include Americans on its
current invitation list for 2020
tourism. All of the Schengen countries (the European
Union member nations plus Norway, Switzerland, and
Iceland) have had to agree to the invitation list or
risk going it alone. Canada — which Americans also
cannot visit as of now, and who has flattened its
coronavirus curve to acceptable numbers — has been
included on the EU's invitation list.
The EU/Schengen zone
countries review the
numbers — theirs and ours — frequently. When Americans can suppress the
pandemic at home and bring down our new-case numbers to
acceptable levels, we will be invited back to
Americans still may travel to some places in 2020. Mexico and parts of
the Caribbean have put out the welcome mat for us. But,
among the many destinations Home At First offers on its
travel menu, only Bermuda (currently) accepts American
visitors, albeit with strict rules related to COVID-19
testing. (See the Travel Bargain listing for Bermuda,
that follows.) Of course, because all this is new and
uncertain, this too can change.
To our loyal suppliers in Home At First destinations
around the world, and to our loyal travelers eager to
travel overseas again, we urge patience, stoicism, and
discipline. Avoid crowded situations anywhere, and
especially indoors. Stay well. Stay fit physically
and mentally. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors
to do the same. Listen to the scientists. Wash your
hands frequently, and try to avoid touching your face. Wear your mask and keep your distance. We will all be rewarded with freedom of
movement and freedom of choice only when we have driven
down the number of daily infections to a level
epidemiologists calculate as safe enough to minimize
further spreading of the virus.
Business here at Home At First remains anything but
normal, as you might imagine. We have every intention of
getting through these difficult times and resuming our
trip planning services with renewed enthusiasm. We
intend to travel again, too, just as soon as permitted
and practical. The resumption of our business and
restoration of our travel habit will heal us.
In the ensuing weeks and months we will continue to monitor developments carefully so we can
advise you prudently. Please feel free to contact us to
discuss your travel dreams for 2021 and 2022. It is our job to help you get underway again, but only with
the best advice for when and where to travel and how
best to travel safely. You have our renewed pledge that
we shall do our best to continue to help make your
travel dreams come true.
In the meantime, stay safe, be kind, help one another,
and dream big. And, if you would like to travel to a
lovely place with an extraordinary British history,
Best wishes and God speed,
Judi Taussig Fahnestock &
Jessica Sponheimer & Kane
and all our colleagues
around the world
Home At First
— INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
— HOTTEST —
is now open for American visitors
PACK YOUR BERMUDA SHORTS &
Air + Lodging + TransPass
Savings: up to $313 (19.4%) per person!
Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 30, 2021
SATURDAYS from NEW YORK (JFK, EWR. LGA) — Non-Stop: 2HRS Flight Time
ARRIVE SAME DAY, ST. GEORGE'S, BERMUDA
Flights from other USA (ATL) & Canada (YYZ) airports
available at extra cost. Please inquire.
YOUR OWN VACATION APARTMENT or BERMUDA
INN with BREAKFAST
CHOOSE FROM LOCATIONS ACROSS
BOOK BY OCTOBER 31,
THIS SPECIALLY PRICED FULL PACKAGE INCLUDES:
to ST. GEORGE, BERMUDA:
Weekly Saturday departures from November 14, 2020 through
January 30, 2021, from
New York City (JFK, EWR, or LGA airports). Fly two hours
Saturday afternoon at your destination
airport in St. George's, Bermuda (BDA), where you will be met by a
private car service for transfer to your lodging
in the Bermuda location of your choice (dozens of
locations). Take occupancy at
your Bermuda lodging that same afternoon.
RETURN FLIGHT SATURDAY 7 DAYS LATER:
Daytime flight from St. George's (BDA) back to New York (JFK,
EWR, or LGA)
after 7 nights
lodging in a Home At First lodging in Bermuda.
LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging
in a vacation apartment or Bermuda inn. SEE
LODGING. Note that
minimum occupancy numbers and some luxury upgrade
supplements may apply to a few specific lodgings.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Guests in Bermuda normally use a
Bermuda transit pass valid for the buses and on some
ferries. Rental cars are not permitted in Bermuda. Some
guests rent and use motor scooters, which can be arranged
ahead of time or on-site. Some guests also opt for a
dedicated taxi driver with whom they arrange excursions.
staying in Bermuda receive a guidebook with dozens
of pages of suggestions
for touring the island by bus and ferry, beaches, trail walking, whale watching,
golf, restaurants, shopping,
churches, villages, towns,
cities, and scenic inland and coastal excursions.
COVID-19 TEST REQUIREMENTS: Guests
provide negative COVID-19 test results from within 72 hours
of USA flight departure. Visitors must undergo COVID-19
testing in Bermuda upon arrival at the airport, then remain
in their Bermuda lodging for test results — estimated 6-8
hours. Additional interim COVID-19 tests are required on Day
3, Day 7, and (if necessary) Day 14, with no self-quarantine
necessary while awaiting test results. Bermuda charges
guests $75US for testing and the processing of its required
pre-USA-departure on-line travel authorization form.
SOCIAL DISTANCING, FACE
MASKS, & DAILY TEMPERATURE TAKING/REPORTING:
Guests must wear protective masks for
the duration of their flights. Guests must practice social
distancing whenever possible, otherwise wear protective face
masks. Masks are always to be worn when traveling on public
transport, including taxis. Visitors are required to take
their temperature twice daily and record results on an
online application monitored by Bermuda health officials.
Visitors should bring their own electronic body temperature
thermometers. Bermuda strongly recommends all visitors take
insurance to cover the possibility of having to be
quarantined in Bermuda if diagnosed with COVID-19.
USA RE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS DURING THE PANDEMIC: USA
citizens (including spouse and/or children of USA citizens)
traveling under USA passport have no special requirements
regarding re-entry ("repatriation") from international
travel to Bermuda, and no self-quarantine is required unless
first diagnosed with symptoms after re-entering the USA.
Avoid missing future travel
bargains: sign up to get TRAVEL BARGAIN ALERTS
CALL HOME AT FIRST: (800) 523-5842
(USA & Canada)*
SPECIALS ARE LIMITED BY TIME & SPACE AVAILABILITY.
*+1 610 543
4348 from elsewhere, or email:
(Note: These special travel bargains come and go suddenly,
often without notice of expiration.
Some specials may require instant purchase with booking.
Home At First recommends
you protect your travel investment by purchasing trip
FAMILY FRIENDLY VACATIONS
STAY FREE in BRITAIN, IRELAND, & PARIS!
Cottages & large apartments are perfect for family vacations.
HOME AT FIRST makes
it easier than ever to
bring the whole family to
Britain, Ireland, & Paris
"Kids Stay Free" program!
MEET NEW KIDS!
Photo © Home At First.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
(or grandparents or guardians) with
kids under 12 years
old pay the normal UK, Ireland, or Paris full package
rate only for each
person 12 and older.
• Kids will pay for their necessary airfare only
kids under 12 may
receive child airfare reductions
of up to 20% depending upon airline.
• One kid stays free for every full-paying
adult in the group.
• Availability limited to participating
accommodations only. (Most accommodations participate.)
• The appropriate size rental car for the number of
will be provided. Larger cars may be ordered at supplemental prices.
• In Paris
kids 5-11 are required to have a reduced-price transit pass.
FAMILY TRAVEL IN BRITAIN, IRELAND, & PARIS:
FAMILY TRAVEL BENEFITS EVERYONE.
Let your kids discover a Britain, Ireland, or Paris of their own.
You'll have the fun of
through the eyes of children, too.
Like these 5 kids in Scotland! Or like
Jacklyn in London.
In our customers'
own words —
grandchildren are still talking about their London experiences,
from the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London
Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Windsor Castle, and the
wonderful parks. And, of course,
their favorite new saying, 'Mind the gap!' We look forward to
traveling with you again."
& R. Stowers, Florida