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 toilet paper doesn't run out, hoping that your
stock portfolio is not keeping you awake, hoping
that you come out the other end of this tunnel
And, when you do, maybe we can get together
and dare to bump fists. 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
keep us hangin' on...
I guess you have heard the news. The EU has decided —
quite rightly, based on the current upswing in COVID-19
cases across the US — not to include Americans on its
current invitation list as it begins reopening 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. Here at home we
have lost our positive momentum and the pandemic is
winning at this moment.
Americans may travel to some places. Mexico and much 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. 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. Stay home. Stay well. Stay fit physically
and mentally. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors
to do the same. Listen to the scientists. Going out?
Wear your mask. 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.
The EU/Schengen zone countries plan to review the
numbers every two weeks. If Americans can suppress the
pandemic at home and bring down our new-case numbers to
acceptable levels, we just might be invited back to
Europe before the good weather is gone.
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. 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
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Discover the Alps, and
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English is always spoken. Never tried a public transportation vacation? Discover
travel using the trains, boats, buses, and cablecars of the world-class Swiss
Switzerland you don't need ropes, boots, and packs to get close to the
But your close encounter will nevertheless be exciting.
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*THIS SPECIAL OFFER APPLIES
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Your host welcomes you and is always reachable for questions or problems.
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(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