When I dine with Honey, my Golden Retriever, at an outdoor cafe or walk her through a beach town, strangers come up to us asking the same thing. “Can I pet her? I had to leave my dog at home this vacation.”
I bite my tongue. But I want to ask, “Why didn’t you bring your dog along?
Ever wondered if you could travel with your pet? I have some websites for you.
Some will inspire you with their photos and stories while others will help you plan your pet-friendly vacation.
Pet Travel Inspiration
If you were inspired by Rebecca Boren’s review of Following Atticus on this site, you’ll enjoy the blog of their continuing adventures, The Adventures of Tom and Atticus. The writer, Tom Ryan, and his small dog continue to hike New Hampshire’s White Mountains together, snow or shine. Even if your idea of a winter vacation is huddling in front of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate, you’ll enjoy the beautiful photos and videos of their trips.
Photos of sun and sea dominate Liberty Sails, the website of Rudy the Cruising Canine. The long-haired miniature dachshund has sailed to the Bahamas, Portugal, Greece, and Turkey.
Akila and Patrick travel Europe with not one, but two, medium-sized dogs, Abby and Chewy.They write about and post pictures of their adventures at The Road Unleashed.
Mary and Al Hone are artists who travel to art shows in an RV with their dogs, Roxy and Torrey. They most recently visited the Little Black Mountain petroglyphs in Northwestern Arizona. You’ll find their images at Tales From the Back Road (Formerly Travels with Roxy).
After reading these inspirational pet travel blogs, it’s time to plan your getaway. I’ve gathered my favorite sites loaded with practical advice.
Plan Your Pet-Friendly Trip
When I traveled with my dogs, Agatha and Christie, twenty years ago, planning was paperbound. We chose our route using an atlas. Directory assistance helped us call hotels to confirm they were pet friendly.
Thank goodness for the internet.
My first stop when planning a trip with Honey is Go Pet Friendly. The blog describes the life of Amy and Rod Burkert who travel in an RV with their dogs, Ty and Buster. But their website has so much more. The Road Trip Planner, for example, allows you to choose your destination in a Google map and choose to show pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, services, and activities. Go Pet Friendly will help anyone planning a U.S. road trip with a pet.
Not all dogs tolerate the bustle of a busy hotel. Renting a private home can lower stress and the VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) website makes finding the right place easy. You can search by pet-friendly options and houses are located all over the world.
Why should dogs have all the fun? Cat lovers will find practical advice and first person stories about traveling with their feline friends at the About.com Travel with Cats site. Its range of links will surprise anyone who never considered traveling with a cat.
Pettravel.com provides reliable advice for international pet travelers. Moving to Bahrain? You’ll find quarantine and passport requirements for your dog in a handy drop down menu.
The Parks family sailed aboard a 40 foot sailboat with not one, but two Golden Retrievers. Their website, Sail Charbonneau, although several years old, is still one of the best resources of practical advice about sailing with large dogs.
With so many fun and helpful sites, there’s no reason to leave your pet at home for your next vacation.
Pets Make Travel Even Better
I’ve never regretted traveling with my dogs.
They have led me to try new pet-friendly activities, like camping and boating. They have taught me a new rhythm of travel. And they have never once complained about my choice of restaurant.
Use these sites to plan a trip with your pet. You may just find the best traveling companion ever.