Ok, let me ask you guys an honest question. How many of you guys love to take your pets everywhere with you? Errands? Outdoor activities? As your plus one to a friend’s party? Ya….totally raising my right hand on all and no shame in my pet game. So with that said, how many of y’all with pets actually travel with them? If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that my little Pheeb’s is quite the well traveled pup. Recently, I’ve been getting frequent questions on how we travel with her, if it’s expensive, and if it’s worth it. Essentially asking for the pros and cons of pet travel.
If your not sure whether or not to bring your fur baby on your next vacation, check out my pros and cons of pet travel to help you make the best decision.
Pros of Pet Travel
You don’t have to miss them
Having your pet along for the ride is hands down the biggest advantage of pet travel. It’s fun, cute, and simply makes for amazing memories when your furry friend comes along. Also, being away from your pet can be stressful – for both you and your fur baby. Whether you have to wait to get an update on your pet or if you’re a worry wort, you can avoid that by bringing your pet with you! Plus, you can avoid separation anxiety, which can be a stressful event for both human and pet.
Your pets are safer with you
No one knows how to handle their pets quite like their owners. When pets are in the hands of someone else, it can cause a lot of stress on animals – which can cause them to act up. Additionally, when pets are boarded, owners worry if their pets are receiving the care they hope (and are paying) for. So when you have your pet with you on vacation, you can have better peace of mind knowing your fur baby is safe and sound.
Your pets can partake in the adventure
Personally, I love taking Phoebe with us because it’s so much more fun having her there. The idea of having her on vacation is definitely just as fun as experiencing it in reality. And pets, especially dogs, are pack animals and want to be with their pack leaders (i.e. Josh and I). When Phoebe gets to be with us, she’s at her happiest. And when she’s happy, we’re happy. In addition to that, pets get to see a new destination by exploring, sniffing, and playing in new place! Plus, huge bonus, the memories of bringing your pets make for such amazing times and memories.
Cons of Pet Travel
It can get expensive
Bringing your pet on vacation can get costly. Between the costs of flights, hotel fees, and deposits, it can all add up. There is also no guarantee that your beloved pet will act like an angel while your away from your hotel. If your pet destroys your hotel room, be ready to pay up for damages Begging the question, is it worth it to bring your pet on vacation?
On the flip side, it can be just as expensive to board your pet, especially if you don’t have a trusty relative or friend to watch them. Pet hotels run $50-$80/night (on average), so depending on length of trip, it might be cheaper to just bring them along.
Pets can interrupt plans
Pets like to run on schedules: go potty, eat, and sleep around the same time each day. Their schedules get thrown for a loop while you’re on vacay. This is especially true when you plan to go on a full-day excursion, but may have to cut apres drinks short to take Fluffy potty. Something to bear in mind when you travel with pets – they still need the same attention that they do at home. So if you’re planning a 14-hour day, you may want to see how you can fit in your dogs potty and feeding schedule while your away.
Additionally, traveling with pets can be limiting. For example, not all US National Parks, beaches and campsites allow pets. When planning your trip, you’ll want to make sure you have a back up plan for your pet – just in case they can’t come on all the adventures!
It might not be safe for them
Traveling can be hard on pets: from flying, to being in new surroundings, to visiting somewhere thats, well, not necessarily the safest. All of these factors can be very stressful on both the human and pet. Flying can be a very stressful experience for pets and if your pet’s first time, speak with your vet to see what they recommend. Luckily for us, Phoebe has always done exceptionally well on flights (mind you, we’ve never flown internationally with her). These are all key factors that should be considered before deciding whether your fur baby should come or not on your next vacation!
Our experience traveling with a pet
Traveling with Phoebe has always been an amazing experience and we love to bring her along for the adventure. Whenever we can, we always bring Phoebe. Since I suffer from anxiety, Phoebe acts as a service dog – providing me with a sense of ease whenever I fly or feel anxious. The downside for us for flying with her is it can be stressful taking her through airport security and waiting in airports without pet relief areas. Luckily, she doesn’t freak out or get stressed on flights.
Also, it can be stressful when it comes to staying in hotels. Be sure to stay in a hotel with a pet relief area or park near by. On the flip side, staying in new hotels can be a fun experience for your pet We’ve stayed in hotels where Phoebe was treated like a Queen with huge beds, snacks, and even offers for hotel dog sitters. We’ve had amazing experiences with the Four Seasons in Las Vegas, The Sofia in San Diego, and the The InterContinental in San Francisco. Seriously, first class treatment for VIP pets!
So as you can see, traveling with a pet has it’s up and downs. We, personally, love taking her for all the fun. Just know, there will be pros and cons of pet travel and it gets easier with each trip. Thank you for coming by and if you have any additional questions on pet travel, feel free to reach out to me chloe (at) timetravelblonde (dot) com!
Chloe & Phoebe