One-of-a-Kind Pet Getaways
It was on a recent trip that I discovered the joy of traveling with a best friend – my dog, Rocky. As he lifted his paw in amazement at the gentle waves that broke along the Niagara-on-the-Lake shore, I took in the lush scenery and sipped on my organic Balzac tea. This was our first luxury getaway together, and it made me realize that traveling with a pet is not a frivolous extra but a rewarding experience — for both of us.
Make sure to check with the airline before you leave. Usually it’s about $100 extra and you’ll have to get an airline-approved carry-on bag to put your kitty or pooch in for the flight. Make sure you can bring your pet on with you (never check them down below — it can be traumatizing); if you have a larger dog, only bring him on car (or private jet) trips. If you have an E.S.A. letter from your doc (check the airlines regulations – here’s United’s as an example), then you can take your pet out and keep him or her on your lap for the flight.
Don’t forget your pet’s traveling kit! In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings and airports. And if you’re traveling internationally, be sure to check on the quarantine laws (for on the way there and the way back) so you don’t get your pet taken from you by US or international customs officers. Remember what happened to Johnny Depp?
Make sure to choose a destination that can accommodate your pet but that is quiet enough to give you and your four-legged friend a relaxing, one-of-a-kind experience. Here are five unique destinations to try: