One-of-a-Kind Pet Getaways

Our top five pet-friendly destinations to give you and your fur baby a rewarding experience.


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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Avatar of Pegah Aarabi

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.

Reader Discussion: 29 Comments

  1. Avatar of Alexandra Posnova

    My baby would definitely enjoy these travels. I swear, next year I’m going to plan a trip for the two of us. I feel like he’ll have more pictures than me but that’s alright! I love my furbaby so much and he deserves to see the world as often as I do. I never thought of these things and there aren’t really a lot of articles like this that share travels to places that are pet friendly. Who knew, traveling isn’t just for humans. It’s also for our fury little ones that are so adorable.

  2. Avatar of Meiga Jenk

    Super adorable article. I currently don’t have new pets because I still can’t get over the death of my pet for a few years now. I’m just scrolling here until I’m ready to adopt a new one.

  3. Avatar of Juana Gross

    Juana Gross

    I’m so excited to take my furbaby on a trip. It’s my first time reading something like this and I learned so much! I’m listing down all the places here and we’re going on a travel spree! Wuhoo!

  4. Avatar of Johanna Kelly

    Johanna Kelly

    I never knew there was so much pet friendly places that you can go to. The only problem is that you can only go to those specific places because not all the places there will allow pets.

  5. Avatar of Erika Burgess

    Erika Burgess

    It’s too much of a hard work to find places that are pet-friendly when you travel. It would be a waste if I can’t come to a nearby shop just because they don’t allow dogs inside. I love my fur baby but I think traveling really far stresses them out. Dogs can take a while to adjust to their environment even if they’re with you. It’s highly suggested that you travel with your dog in places that are not a plane away. Maybe a hour car drive would be enough. Not all dogs feel okay with traveling on a plane for the first time.

    • Avatar of Diana Manasir

      That’s why the hotels offer dog-sitting and even has recommendations for pet-friendly locations.

  6. Avatar of Marsha Jennings

    Marsha Jennings

    Hotels and places like this should advertise more of their pet-friendly locations. It’s really great!

  7. Avatar of Nicole Ramos

    Nicole Ramos

    I wonder if pets really do enjoy traveling? My dog hates car trips already. I can’t imagine putting him on a flight.

  8. Avatar of Lena Tamburini

    Lena Tamburini

    I didn’t know that Austria is so pet friendly. I would love to take my baby Roxy there!

  9. Avatar of Antonia Sitak

    Other dogs love the beach but how come my dog is like a cat and dislikes water so friggin’ much??? ?

  10. Avatar of Sheena Price

    I have been to Austria before. Never have I ever seen so many fur parents in 1 location. I had a grand of a time there. really worth the travel.

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