If you’re a dog lover, you know that the worst thing about going on vacation is watching your pup’s face fade in your rearview mirror. That look of betrayal can be almost enough to make you cancel your plans. But you can put a stop to the pre-trip guilt trip in one easy move: Grabbing your leash and bringing Fido along.
Traveling with your pet has never been easier, says William Kearney, author of Petcentric.com’s Marking Our Territory blog. Kearney crossed the country for a year with his Rhodesian ridgeback Eko, detailing their adventures and sharing travel tips along the way. “My biggest point of trepidation going into the year was that it was going to be expensive and a hassle to have my dog along,” he says. “And a lot of that was based on worrying about where we were going to stay. A lot of hotels charge a pet fee, and that adds up fast.”
However, Kearney quickly realized that many hotels don’t charge a pet fee, and that more and more restaurants, city parks, and activities are becoming pet-friendly. “Hotels have really changed and treat pets as guests, not as a piece of luggage,” he says.
Still, there are things you need to keep in mind before you sign your pooch up for TSA pre-check clearance. Like traveling with a child, traveling with a dog takes more planning and patience. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the road.