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One-of-a-Kind Pet Getaways

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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.

One-of-a-Kind Pet Getaways

Don’t leave him behind. Discover the joys of traveling with your furry friend!

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:

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

17 Comments

  1. Jenny Garett

    This is perfect for me! Must read esp. for pet owners. I’ve always wanted to bring with me my precious ysa when travelling. Pet owners should always respect their pets and treat them right. They are more sensitive than humans, when they are being scolded by their owners. For you to be a good pet owner you should never hit them, yell at them and punish them whenever you are even if they have made some mistakes but show them in a good way and teach them what is right from wrong.

  2. Hazel Collins

    When you have a pet in your home they will make you a better person. They will improve your perception in life and treatment towards other living creature. Owning a pet means that you are responsible for another being. When you own a pet they will provide you everything you could ask for them and by that you are obliged to care for them, meet their needs and love them. You will notice in this process that they are not your whole life but they will make your life whole and they will transform you into becoming a better person. Give them a break and give them what’s listed on this article.

  3. Esther Earl Harris

    It was said that pets are a man’s best friend because they will provide you companionship, loyalty and unconditional love. Pets are also good listeners, they know if you are sad, feeling down and you have a problem. When you are sad they will sit by your side, stare at you and wait for you to bring up and share them your feelings. Even if they can’t talk your language their presence will boost up your mood and they will make you feel good. Yes owning a pet can improve your health but aside from that what are advantages and benefits you can get when you own a pet.

  4. Heather Strobel

    This is right! Introduce your pets to the world. Introduce your four-legged friend to other people and other places too. Do not lock them inside the house for a long time because when that happens and it is time for them to get outside they will definitely freaked out. Prevent them from feeling lonely. You can take them in the park,abroad, go to the house of a friend with a pet or you can also bring him/her to animal events and conventions.

  5. Ashley Moore

    A good pet owner ought to know if their pets are sick, full and/or feeling happy like they know themselves. When you own a pet he/she will reflect your personality and acts like a mirror. So you should treat them right and read articles, books on how you can still help your pet to be the best they can be. Always attend to their needs and show them unconditional love like what they are giving you. Always ensure they’re always happy and love them.

  6. Awesome! I was looking for places where I can bring my pooch, Pluto!

  7. I always worried about bringing my little “fur babies” along with me on trips. Even if they were a short drive away. Part of me just assumed hotels and bnb’s wouldn’t let me. I’ll have to start asking now when I book my trips, it would be so fun to bring them along…!

  8. Angela Davis

    How about an article about hotels WITH pets?? Some hotels have their own pets on premises. I stayed at Le Bristol in Paris and they have a super fluffy white cat who just roams around. It really adds to the atmosphere.

    • Yes! There’s also a modern hotel in North Carolina (Aloft) that has adoptable dogs at the hotel for guests to enjoy and maybe adopt!

  9. Christine Muchoe

    The ones in the US are convenient so I’ll probably try those first. Seems like a great new vacation idea, thanks!

  10. My husband’s Yorkshire will adore these places!

  11. A hotel with pet perks? Now that’s something that I don’t see often. Great article here for pet lovers.

  12. Gabrielle Williams

    My kids love Palo Alto. Although we don’t really go there with our pets since I wasn’t aware of these activities. But now I know. Thanks.

    • I find many pet friendly destinations are equally child friendly and definitely Palo Alto is!

  13. Francis Woods

    Wish I had a pet to bring with me!! These places look awesome 😀

    • These destinations are also great just to visit without a pet – you’ll meet lots of furry friends while visiting!

  14. Hannah Meyers

    I think my little pug will love Niagara-on-the-lake!Thanks for the suggestion, will definitely check The Prince of Wales.

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