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Pet-Friendly Holidays: What are Your Options and What are some Top Travel Tips?


Taking your furry friend along for a much-needed holiday is one of the best ways to decompress and to obtain a ore objective view of the world.  However, the logistics behind such an option can be tricky and a good deal of planning will need to take place in advance.  One of the most important questions to address involves your accommodation options.  This is critical if you hope to plan a trip in advance without encountering any unexpected issues along the way. Let's take a look at some of the choices at your disposal as well as what each has to offer.


There are many cottages which will allow pets (particularly dogs).  This primarily results from the fact that cottages offer large and private gardens which will enable your furry friend to run around to its heart's content.  There may also be rooms which are specifically intended to house pets during your stay.  However, there are two main points to keep in mind. The first involves the fact that prices for cottages that can accommodate dogs tend to be slightly higher when compared to normal rental agreements.  The second issue is that larger breeds might not always be allowed.  This is why it is a good idea to speak with a representative in advance if you hope to learn more.


Pet-Friendly Hotels

In the same respect, there are some hotels which are able to account for travellers who being along their pets.  It should still be stressed once again that this could involve the size of the pet and its temperament. While bringing along a cat or a poodle is normally reasonable, the same cannot always be said if you happen to be travelling with a great Dane as a companion.

Most hotels which offer pet-friendly room and board will make this very clear from the beginning. One of the best way to narrow down your search is to use online tools such as or TripAdvisor.  When you are perusing potential hotels, be sure to include that you are travelling with pets within the search parameters.

Self-Service Options

Self-Service properties are associated with a greater amount of independence while you travel.  While they are normally fully equipped in terms of furniture and accommodations, some will offer you the flexibility to bring your dog along for the ride.  Still, let's never forget to mention that you and you alone are responsible for the upkeep of the premises. If your pet causes and damages to the interior or the exterior of the property, you will be required to pay more than the initial contract.  This is why it might be a good idea to purchase a temporary pet insurance plan that is specifically designed for travellers.

Boarding Houses

There can also be times when you can encounter daily pet boarding houses.  These are great if you wish to take an excursion within an area where dogs are not allowed or simply if you feel that the presence of your pet could cause issues with the general public. Boarding facilities generally charge on an hourly basis, so check to see how much you will be obligated to pay.  Furthermore, research online feedback from other online users.  It is best to avoid any properties which have received a good deal of negative feedback.

Wellness Retreats

While wellness retreats will often represent the lap of luxury, there are some which have been specifically created to cater to those with pets such as dogs and cats.  Not only will you be able to enjoy a rejuvenating experience, but the fact of the matter is that your pets will be pampered in the very same way.  As it is likely that other animals will be present, it is important to make sure that your dog is up to date in terms of all vaccinations and that it will not cause problems with other animals during your stay.

If you are looking to enjoy a holiday with man's best friend, be sure to keep the suggestions and options mentioned above in mind.  As always, plan in advance and perform an adequate amount of research.