Traveling with Your Pet

By: Jody Smith

Make no mistake about it, traveling with your pet will complicate your vacation plans to some extent, but you may find that it is easier than you think. According to USAtravelwithus.com, 70 percent of all homes in the Unites States contain a pet, or pets. And pet owners in the United States have put about $40 billion into the care of their pets. Your family may think you are nuts wanting to take your dog on your trip with you but even if you're nuts, you're not the only one.

When pet owners head out on a trip, 70 percent of their pets have accompanied them at least once. And fully a third of this number of owners includes people who have taken their pets on vacation, sharing a room with them. Baby Boomers, those Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964, do more traveling than any other age group, and also own more pets than any other group. Many businesses are tuned in to the fact that Baby Boomers are big business and boomers traveling with pets are too. It's a practical decision on their part to be accommodating to these furry guests and their humans.

Plenty of sites on the internet are welcoming to pets. Trails for biking, hiking and walking are pet-friendly. Outdoor cafes are available that will make room for your dog.

Be sure, first and foremost when you make your reservations, that the hotel or motel allows pets. Once you know your pet is welcome to stay with you, you can nail down your plan as to how to get them there. A small pet can be put in a pet carrier to go on a plane. Going by car is probably the more pet-friendly mode of transportation.

After you've got a place to stay that is sympatico to you and your four-legged babies, and you know you have the means to get them there, you can pack their food. Bring bowls for them to eat and drink out of, and keep a bottle of water and some snacks on hand. If you get up in the morning and can put out your pet's breakfast first thing, you will both be happy. If your pet has any favorite toys, blankets or cushions, bring them along. Everybody likes some familiarity in a new place and pets are no exception.

If you plan things right, your pet won't have to stay behind in the hotel room or the car, staring out the window. In some large cities like Seattle, New York and San Francisco, taxis and public transit can be found that will allow your pet to come along for the ride as well. A walking tour can be ideal for you and your dog, now that some tour companies have opened the door to pets. River and harbor cruises may also welcome your dog. Some of the ferries in New York will let your pet join you onboard.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Should You Take Your Pet On Your Vacation?

http://www.able-mart.com/baby-boomers/should-you-take-your-pet-on-your-vacation

Pets on Vacation!

http://usatravelwithus.com/2012/04/pets-go

Pet-friendly vacation ideas

http://www.50plus.com/retirement-living/pet-friendly-vacation-ideas/106201

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