Traveling with Pets
Lucky for today’s pet-owning traveler, there are a myriad of options to choose from. You can hit the open road with Rover in tow, hop on a plane, stay in a hotel, visit dog friendly national parks and local attractions, and go on boat rides and tours. You can even easily arrange for doggy daycare stays for when you want to do something less dog friendly, like visiting a museum or enjoying fine dining with friends. Yep, traveling with pets has changed significantly for the better and pet owners are lovin’ it!
One website is a goldmine for people traveling with pets in the U.S.--Pet Hotels of America. It’s one place you can reserve directly for everything that’s needed for pet travel. As a one-stop travel planning site, you can reserve at one of its 89,000 pet-friendly hotels at exclusively low rates; car rental companies that permit animals; and airlines where Spot isn’t considered cargo. The website even has search-by-city listings with direct links to kennels, pet hotels, pet resorts and doggy daycares. Plus, you’ll find great vacation package deals, travel tips and blogs about traveling with pets to various U.S. cities.
Pet Hotels of America is run by a team of dog loving travelers who felt it their duty to share information they had amassed during travels with their dogs with other dog owners. If you’ve ever attempted it, you will understand the motivation behind this venture. Pet lovers worldwide are just glad they arrived on the scene because they serve as advocates of Pet Power by informing hotels how many people are using the website to reserve, sending a message to hoteliers to improve amenities and increase the number of pet-accommodating hotels. And with the number of people wanting to travel with their pets increasing exponentially, hotels, airlines, car rental agencies and restaurants will need to adjust accordingly.
What accounts for this pet-travel phenomenon? Retiring baby boomers that have refilled their empty nests with pets yet still want to travel, combined with the work of animal rights groups. As a result, national hotel chains and boutique hotels are slowly becoming increasingly pet friendly. Today, it’s not unusual for hotels to offer specially appointed Canine Concierges, chefs stirring up special doggy treats and special baskets filled with toys and yummy things to gnaw on as a pet-warming gift. One extremely well known New York hotel is even requesting that guests send a photo of their pet prior to arriving so the hotel staff can frame it and place it in the suite.Continued on the next page