Many people think that traveling with a pet is difficult – if not impossible. So most are given that they will need to pass a cash truck to cover costs for sitting dogs leaving their dog when they travel.
However, I’ve learned that, with research and a little more planning, you can take your furry friends away along in most travel adventures – and it’s not as hard as you think.
According to National pet owner Survey 20172012018, 68% of American households own pets. That’s 89 million dogs, up 56% since 1988.
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The tourism industry has to adapt to this growing demand and today, the travel with your dog becomes easier than ever.
Do not assume that cat dog is not “traveling”
Traveling with animals increases annually and the premises have to take time to catch up, which means a lot of places have no dog policy (or their policy has yet to be done thoroughly). I’ve heard a lot of stories about restaurants and hotels that have websites and/or social media that have listed them as dog friendly, while in fact not
When in doubt, always ask. Never assume that dogs are not allowed to travel with you. It’s great to look for a sign that no pets are allowed for or a pet-friendly announcement, but whether the place is or not, it’s always best to check in thoroughly. An email or phone call can quickly save you a lot of time, confusion and frustration. For example, I was surprised to learn that the dogs were welcome at most shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro. Great right?
Make copies of pet-related documents
If you are going to cross the border or travel internationally, you will need a health record of your dog (just like our human and our passport). These are essential to proving that your dog is healthy and vaccinated. The officials required to meet them, and depending on who you traded, they will keep the original or make a copy. In addition, if you need to visit a new veterinarian abroad, you will be able to give them your furry friend’s medical history
For these reasons, I would like to keep a lot of copies of our medical records and veterinarian information all the time. This includes both a virtual copy on my phone and printed copies in my day bag.
Using dog-friendly applications
There are many applications that can help when going on the road with your dog cat pet. It became much easier than when I used to travel the world sans iPhone. My favorites include:
All Trails – This is the largest collection of trail maps (more than 50,000). Browse photos and reviews, and filter your searches with dog-friendly trails so you know which to walk with your dog.
Bring Fido – The Yelp of the dog world. Bring Fido helps you locate nearby hotels, attractions and restaurants that welcome pets.
Pet First Aid by American Red Cross – This app helps you locate the nearest emergency animal hospital and provides step-by-step instructions for conventional pet emergencies.
Skip Hotel Fees while traveling
Many hotels charge additional fees to accommodate your pet. These can range from a one-time fee of $50 dollars to $250 to the average daily charge of $10 $50. These extra costs work together, increasing your trip prices and pressured your budget. If you book a hotel with pets charges $50/night in a week, that’s more $350
However, there are some hotel chains that welcome your pet without extra money – no extra charge, no deposit, and no one-time fees. Consider one of these hotels when you book your next trip. My favorite pet friendly hotels no extra charge includes:
Kimpton – no additional fee or deposit, Kimpton Hotels high ratings on pet-friendly levels. In addition, there is no size or weight limitation and no limit on the number of pets allowed. Red Roof Inn – This high-class economy series has over 580 locations in the United States and other venues in Brazil and Japan.
They allow all family pets to weigh 80 lbs. or less. Motel 6 – Hotel Motel 6 is a great choice for anyone on a road trip in the United States, with over 1,400 locations across the United States and Canada. They welcome all the pets to behave well, with maximum subsirethe two pets per room. Can’t find a good hotel in the area? Try airbnb.com. They have easy search function that helps filter pet friendly homes. We often use AIRBNB when traveling internationally.
Please respect those you meet
No matter where you go with your dog, be honest and considerate to those around you. Some people love animals, while others may frighten even a little puppy. Be polite and know the limits of your dog.
Remember that human relationships with dogs are very different between cultures. For example, in Guatemala, we see more street dogs than pets. People are often surprised to learn that our dogs go on board, and are even more surprised to know that they sleep in our bed. Try to be aware of these cultural differences, and be sensitive to the human tooth boundaries that people are already familiar with.
Moreover, if your pet tends to be unfriendly with humans (or other dogs), make it clear to anyone who comes close. You don’t want to end up in a situation that can be avoided with a clear warning. After all, dogs are animals – as owners, we are the ones responsible for them.
The trips with my dogs were attractive and concentrated locally, and forced me to explore the parts of the destination that I had never experienced if I had no dogs. My dogs help me meet more people, see more places and live and cherish the present.