If your dog is REALLY your best friend, then he or she deserves to ride shotgun on your next adventure. Traveling with pets is surprisingly doable these days, depending on your furry friend’s personal travel affinity, where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Here are some helpful tips, whether your critter’s tagging along for the journey or holding down the fort at home.
Dog is My Co-Pilot
Peti-quette to Know Before You Go
Great, Fido’s ready to fly! Before booking, make sure you’ve checked out pet-specific rules and restrictions for your destination. If your doggie’s journey requires a passport, head to the CDC and USDA websites to find out country-specific requirements for immunizations and health records (and if there is a quarantine period).
In addition to researching local legislation, look into your airline’s pet policies to find out if they allow pets in the cabin or just in the cargo hold, which may be a health risk for certain breeds. If your friend needs to travel down below, consult your veterinarian and try to book a non-stop flight. And if your pet is allowed in the cabin, make sure they’re comfortable in a carrier and that you’re prepared with treats, toys and anything else they need to keep calm and quiet.
Your doggie’s vacay days may be sunshine and butterflies, but finding night time accommodation can be a bit more tricky—many places are pet-free, while others charge a pretty penny for four-legged guests.
Avoid disappointment by searching BringFido’s database of over 100,000 pet-friendly campsites, hotels, home rentals and restaurants worldwide. BringFido’s website and app feature 24/7 professional support, pet owner reviews, and zero booking fees so that you can reserve somewhere welcoming of the whole family. Want more resources for travelers with dogs? Download these five apps.
Tongue out, ears flopping…you better believe your pet is feeling photogenic when they’re on the road, sniffing out local cuisine and being such a good boy in Central Park or one of these hundreds of dog-friendly public spaces.
Use the Snap Pet mini Bluetooth camera to get a good photo from their point of view—this is particularly great for camera-shy critters since you can control the shutter from your iPhone, up to 10 meters away. Get your tail wagging with some inspiration from the #TravelingPets hashtag on Instagram, and consider setting up an account for your photogenic furball—now more than ever, the world needs more puppy pics.
Playing “Sit” with a Sitter
Book a Sitter
Some dogs prefer a staycation, so use the Rover site and app to find and book boarding services or professional sitters in the U.S. and Canada. Rover is extremely trustworthy and accepts only 20% of sitters, but you can always install a home camera for some additional peace of mind.
(plus a stream of cute photos of your loved one)
PLUS This Dog-Loving Life Hack
If you’re on the road for an extended period of time, perhaps studying abroad, then we recommend a pet-sitting gig. Pet sitting helps you meet native friends (both human and animal), experience local living, find hidden neighborhoods, and—of course—scores you some quality dog time.
Apply to become a sitter on Wag, the number-one app for pet owners and sitters (touted as “the Uber for Dog Walkers”). If you’re in a new city and have a spare afternoon, simply alert Wag that you’re available and you’ll be getting paid to walk a brindle on the beach within hours. Win-wag-win.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.