Why Vacations With Your Dogs Are Better
For many pet owners there is no other option to consider – the dogs always go with them on vacation. They know that a traveling with their pets is the only way to go – it’s more fun, more adventure, and more relaxation. But not all pet owners feel as confident. For them planning a pet friendly trip can seem overwhelming. What they need to know is that with the number of pet friendly hotels and restaurants constantly growing, vacations can truly be vacations with your pets. It’s true! Here is why.
No Boarding Worries: Some people are lucky enough to have family members available to watch over pets, but many do not have that luxury. While there have been vast improvements with kennels and pet sitting services in recent years, it’s still hard to avoid the guilty worrying that makes the idea of kennels unappealing. Are the dogs OK? Are they stressed? Are they eating enough? Are they being cared for?
Being glued to the pet cam is no way to spend a vacation and, when you add in the costs, boarding becomes less and less attractive. For many pet owners, the piece of mind that comes with being with their dogs is the most alluring part of pet travel. It can be the difference between a relaxing vacation and one that leaves you even more stressed than before.
Local Pet Community: Pet friendly people are the best people! We all know this is true, so why not meet a few of the locals at a dog park or pet-friendly event? You’ll get great insider tips on the best places to take your dogs, the best restaurants in the area, and keys to avoid the tourist traps. It is that community spirit that helps fuel GoPetFriendly.com and we’re always amazed by the new friendships that we’ve made just by traveling with our dogs. Get involved in a local pet-friendly event and you’ll be surprised at how quickly conversations start and friendships launch.
Keep Moving: Okay, we relish days snuggling on the sofa as much as the next person, but we also enjoy quite a bit of play time with our dogs. If you are like us, you know that a good hike or day at the dog beach is a perfect way for both you and your dogs to get the blood pumping and feel great. Sometimes, that is exactly what you need to wind down from work and everyday life. Even if it is just a brisk walk around the block, you and your dogs will enjoy the time together and being outside will help you clear your mind. What could be better while on vacation?
Inquisitive Spirit Pays Off: Speaking of dog walks, there have been countless times that our dogs’ inquisitive natures have lead us to stunning views and interesting sights that we might have missed without them. Your results may vary, but we’ve found there is a special feeling when you let your dogs take the lead in an adventure. It is almost as if they’re saying, “Hey, come this way. The views are incredible!” and more often than not they are so right!
Amy Burkert runs the award-winning pet travel website, GoPetFriendly.com, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination advice, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster.
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