Contrary to popular belief, there are many pet-friendly accommodations available to host you and your animal friend when on vacation. While many large hotels do not necessarily allow pets in their rooms, it is possible to locate ‘pets allowed’ hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs throughout the globe – you just need to look.
Of course, the consideration of pet-friendly places to stay is only one of the points to take into account when bringing a pet along on vacation. In fact, many people question why to bring a pet along at all even if there are pet-accommodating venues available. This article will provide information on the top four reasons why you should travel with your pet. Note: the article will refer to dogs primarily as the pets due to their popularity as a travel companion, but all pets can be accounted for.
1. They Won’t Argue About Where To Go Or What To See
One of the greatest problems many families or couples face when heading out on vacation is the “but I don’t want to!” speech. It is a common issue that one individual will wish to peruse the parks, but the other would rather stay indoors and watch the football on the public television. What do you do in this situation, especially if there are young children involved?
When traveling with a furry friend, you will not experience any arguments whatsoever. It is typical for a pet to ‘be up for anything at any time’, so the chances are you will be able to see all you want to see. The only time a pet is not prepared to enjoy sightseeing experiences is if they are ill or very, very tired. Keep your dog healthy and you will be able to go to every park or castle you want.
2. A Continuous Travel Companion
Many single individuals prefer to avoid long vacations because of the ‘single person’ stigma. Unless you are willing to venture out and experience the world solo, the chances are most singletons will remain at home over long weekends. If they do venture beyond the comfort of their home, the chances are it will be to visit family or go on a group outing with friends. This can be exciting, but if you prefer a walk through the forest to a night on the town, it could be frustrating.
By traveling with a canine friend, you can ensure a travel companion at all times. Furthermore, the companion does not have any expectations allowing you to enjoy the environment in any way you see fit. If you prefer to spend time outside, then traveling with a pet is the best way to be alone without feeling too lonely.
3. A Good Way To Meet Locals
Some individuals enjoy immersing themselves in the cultural side of a vacation destination by meeting locals and embracing the local lifestyle. One of the most effective methods to complete this task is by having a conversation starter; otherwise, you will come off as some tourist trying too hard to fit in. A dog is a wonderful conversation starter as they are naturally social and will greet locals even if you are afraid to.
4. Avoiding A Search For A Dog-Sitter
Many dog owners will view their dogs as a part of the family and find a dog-sitter for the vacation period can be complicated. The task may seem simplistic; however, you need to consider the quality of the service before agreeing to this stranger caring for your ‘baby.’ This means reviewing the sitter’s experience and gaining references for a start.
By traveling with your pet, you will avoid the search for a dog-sitter. Instead of leaving the dog with a stranger, you will be able to enjoy the travel experiences with your favorite animal. In addition to saving costs for the dog-sitter, you could eliminate any anxiety the dog would feel when faced with a sitter.