3 Tips for Planning a Dog-Friendly Vacation

Summer's the perfect time to relax and enjoy a vacation. But if you're a dog owner, things aren't quite so simple. It can be stressful and expensive to arrange pet care while you're away, and lots of pet owners hate to be separated from their dog for long periods of time.

Wouldn't it be great, then, if you could avoid the hassle of leaving your dog behind and bring them along on your fun family vacation?

The good news is that these days, more and more dog owners are choosing to vacation with their pets. There are now a huge range of pet-friendly accommodations, amenities, and locations to choose from. So kick back and relax, as we dive into our top 3 tips for planning your perfect dog-friendly getaway.

1) Make Dog-Friendly Travel Arrangements

The first step to planning your trip is choosing a dog-friendly way to travel. Car travel is by far the easiest and most flexible option, so consider planning a road trip.

The main benefit of car travel is the ability to plan your route and make plenty of stops for eating and drinking, exercise, and potty breaks along the way.

Flying with your dog is more of a challenge than traveling by car, and can turn out to be expensive. If you're traveling long distances and air travel is unavoidable, always plan well ahead of time. Airline requirements for traveling with pets vary by carrier, so give yourself plenty of time to thoroughly research the process.

2) Find Dog-Friendly Accommodation

These days, there are a wide range of dog-friendly accommodations to choose from that suit all tastes and budgets. But lots of places still don't accept dogs, so it's best to make accommodation arrangements before you travel.

BringFido.com is a useful online dog travel directory that helps you locate pet-friendly accommodation including campgrounds, rentals, hotels, and bed & breakfasts. You can also use the site to find hotel and airline pet policies, and recommendations for pet-friendly attractions and amenities close to your destination or along the route of your road trip.

3) Plan Pet-Friendly Vacation Activities

Need more information on the best dog-friendly locations, amenities, and activities to enjoy during your vacation? Check out the Go Pet Friendly Destination Guides - a collection of reviews on pet-friendly destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The guides are written by pet owners, and are full of useful information on topics such off-leash parks, attractions, dog-friendly restaurants, and lots of other great places to enjoy with your pet.
Have you taken your dog on vacation? Maybe you're planning a dog-friendly location soon? Let us know in the comments!

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