Sometimes those last minute travel plans are stopped by a pair of puppy dog eyes or a soft meow. Or maybe you’ve retired dreams of an international move because you can’t bear to leave your pet. What if we told you recent developments mean your pet can achieve jet-setter status right along with you?
Our lives have become more global which means travel with dog or cat in-tow has become not only trendy but necessary for many, and the travel industry has responded. You’ll have noticed more furry faces checking in at airports as most major airlines now offer options for pet passengers. Many hotels have adjusted policies, or even created special packages for those of us who want to experience new places with our *entire* family.
But it’s still nerve racking and information is sparse. These sites should help you out:
Flying your pet: Dogfriendly.com has detailed descriptions of what a pet’s journey entails
Fur-friendly hotels: Bring Fido helps you navigate the tedious search across multiple hotels
International travel: PetRelocation gives an excellent guide to getting started. Pet passports (yes, you read that correctly) prove you’ve done the proper paperwork and vaccinations to turn your dog or cat international without a hitch, and in most cases, zero dreaded quarantine. Even Australia has recently relaxed its requirements, meaning that move to Oz may now be a possibility.
Leaving pooch at home: DogVacay is like AirBnB for pets. Find a host in your neighbourhood to send your pooch on a dog staycation, or offer to host and let a fellow Worldette jet set. Currently this site is largely US-based and just for dogs, but we like that it’s a sign of changing pet travel mixed with neighbourly love.
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What pet-friendly places to you use?