The August Travel Guide: From North America to Europe

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July 11, 2024

Vineyard hopping in Tuscany and hiking majestic mountains in the French Alps are just two of the adventures you can look forward to with our expert travel guide to Europe.

More than a century ago, in 1919, Captain Sir John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown became the first people to fly directly across the Atlantic Ocean. Travelling from the Canadian province of Newfoundland to Ireland, their journey took 16 hours, marking the evolution of transatlantic flight. By the 1940s, flights were departing from the UK to New York five days a week. Today, more than 150 flights per day connect the UK and US alone. It comes as no surprise that the British phrase ‘across the pond’ is often used to describe the Atlantic gap that lies between Europe and North America. 

With properties nestled in idyllic UK settings and across the rest of Europe, August prioritises ease of access for all its homeowners. By balancing airport proximity and availability of flights, global travellers will enjoy a seamless holiday experience from start to finish. Here, we explore the abundance of options when it comes to making the journey from North America to our beautiful European homes.

The Cotswolds, England

A tapestry of chocolate-box villages, old market towns and rolling hills, the Cotswolds is a slice of picture-perfect British countryside just waiting to be explored. While its verdant landscapes create the feeling of a far-flung escape, August homes in the region are in fact just a little over an hour’s drive from London and its major international airport, Heathrow. 

Set in some of the Cotwolds’ most beautiful villages, August homes offer endless tranquility and off-grid appeal, all whilst ensuring that everything you need is on your doorstep. The most charming country pubs and handy village stores stocking all the essentials lie within walking distance, while a short drive away, the very best of the Cotswolds can be discovered by following our expert guide.

An example of some popular direct flights to London Heathrow International Airport (LHR):

- New York City, United States
- Chicago, United States
- Los Angeles, United States
- Toronto, Canada

Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Just off Spain’s sun-drenched east coast, the Balearic Islands boast Mediterranean charm thanks to turquoise waters, golden beaches and historic towns. As the largest island, Mallorca is well-connected with daily flights into the bustling capital, Palma, taking just over an hour from most of Spain’s major mainland cities. It couldn’t be easier to book a connecting flight; alternatively, spend a few days soaking up the energy of Barcelona or Madrid before heading to your Mallorcan home. As the popularity of the island continues to soar, direct flights from Miami are rumoured to be on the horizon, while United Airlines operates a regular nonstop service from New York to Palma throughout the summer. 

Once you’ve settled in, there are a number of ways to explore; namely by car, bike or even on foot. In fact, many of the island’s best beaches are found off the beaten track, accessed by winding cycle routes or hiking trails. It’s worth noting that all August homes are located in carefully considered towns and villages with plenty of their own amenities, including authentic local restaurants, bars and shops to gather the essentials. Find out more about exploring Mallorca by reading our insider’s guide.  

An example of some popular direct flights to Palma de Mallorca International Airport (PMI):

- New York City, United States

An example of some popular connecting flights to Palma de Mallorca International Airport (PMI) via Barcelona:

- Chicago, United States
- Toronto, Canada
- Los Angeles, United States

South of France, France

The South of France has an undeniable allure. From its sunny climate and gastronomic prowess to the elegance of its beaches and towns, our homes in the South of France present the opportunity to unwind in one of the most sought-after destinations on earth. 

From spacious countryside abodes, August homeowners can choose to relax in blissful seclusion, embark on adventures across the many vineyards, or explore the glamorous Côte d'Azur. Although a car is recommended, a modern train network connects the major towns across the south coast of France, and taxis are also readily available. 

From New York to Nice, direct flights take just nine hours, while connecting flights from across North America often stop in Paris – the perfect excuse to extend your stay.

An example of some popular direct flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE):

- New York City, United States

An example of some popular connecting flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) via Paris:

- Toronto, Canada
- Chicago, United States
- Los Angeles, United States

The Alps, France 

The breathtaking natural beauty of the French Alps, where majestic peaks are silhouetted against blue skies all year round, is unrivalled. Offering family adventures, alpine luxury and fresh air, our homes, in the villages of Chamonix and Megève, provide the ideal launchpad for experiencing mountain living at its very best.

No matter your location, making your way to the restorative peaks of the Alps always requires a car, however, our experts handpicked these charming villages due to their closer proximity to Geneva, the international airport and Swiss hub. Upon landing, the journey takes just 90 minutes, passing picturesque Lake Annecy along the way.

An example of some popular direct flights to Geneva International Airport (GVA):

- New York City, United States

An example of some popular connecting flights to Geneva International Airport (GVA) via Zurich:

- Toronto, Canada
- Chicago, United States
- Los Angeles, United States

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, the cradle of Italy’s Renaissance, is renowned worldwide for its culture and cuisine. The lush landscape invites you to explore – lined with miles of vines and towering cypress trees, its towns and villages are paradise for history Tuscany, the cradle of Italy’s Renaissance, is renowned worldwide for its culture and cuisine. The lush landscape invites you to explore – lined with miles of vines and towering cypress trees, its towns and villages are paradise for history fanatics and are brimming with opportunities for sightseeing.

Our homes offer unrivalled Italian living, conveniently close to the international airports of Pisa and Florence. From North America, connecting flights are welcomed via London, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt, as well as a host of other major European cities. Alternatively, fly direct to Rome and spend a few days in the country’s storied capital before catching a 55-minute flight – or three-hour train ride – to your Tuscan home.

A car is recommended during your time in Tuscany, however, as August’s homes are located between the historic towns of Lucca and Montecatini Terme, there is plenty to see and do without venturing too far afield. Find out more in our latest expert guide to Tuscany. 

An example of some popular connecting flights to Pisa International Airport (PSA) via Frankfurt:

- New York City, United States
- Chicago, United States
- Toronto, Canada
- Los Angeles, United States

Find out more about home ownership with August as a North America resident

Hear from Amy, a New Yorker who started her August journey in December 2022 and shared her unique story with us in a recent interview

“You can easily build trips around the locations. When I went to the Cotswolds, I visited London and spent a few days there. When I go to Tuscany, I can fly into Rome or Milan and build a bigger trip around a stay in one or more of the homes. Having such a variety of options is wonderful.” – Amy, Signature Collection homeowner

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