When it comes to our pets, most of us would have to admit that we pamper them more than we pamper ourselves. Warm sweaters, homemade treats, trips to dog parks - nothing is too good for our four-legged friends.
As vacation time rolls around, though, we tend to think about pet sitters instead of pet travel. In some cases, leaving your dog or cat at home really is the best plan. On the other hand, many pets, especially dogs, enjoy hitting the road with their humans. This week's Travel Blog Carnival is all about traveling with your beloved pet. About.com's Travel Guides have contributed information, tips, recommendations and warnings, all aimed at helping you plan the best possible pet-friendly vacation.
There's a lot of good information here, so I encourage you to take your time reading through the links. Scroll down to the bottom of the post if you enjoy buying things for your pet or looking at animal photos. And, whatever you do, don't skip the Dog Chapel.Can I Bring My Pet to...?
- Disney World
- Hong Kong
- New Orleans
- The UK
Sometimes staying home with a sitter is the best option for your pet.
- Arlene Fleming offers pet travel policies and fees from ten different airlines in Air Travel With Pets.
- Bed and breakfast inn expert Elizabeth Arneson offers hints and tips for Bringing Pets to a Bed and Breakfast - even if your pet is a horse.
- Find out whether you can take Dogs on London's Underground Tube Trains from London Travel Guide Laura Porter.
- Family Vacations Guide Teresa Plowright offers road-tested Dog Travel Tips for families who love to travel.
- Honeymoons and Romantic Travel Guide Susan Breslow Sardone has extensive experience working with pets. Take a look at her tips for Driving With Your Dog and Flying With Your Dog before booking Fido's vacation.
- Should You Take Your Dog on Your Honeymoon? is a question I didn't have to ask myself; we started adopting pets after our wedding day. If you're marrying an animal lover, take a look at Susan Breslow Sardone's helpful honeymoon suggestions.
- Who would know more about Summer Travel Tips for Dog Lovers than Florida Travel Guide Dawn Henthorn?
- United Kingdom Travel Guide Ferne Arfin tells you how you can, in fact, bring your pet to the UK under The UK's PETS Pet Travel Scheme.
- Have you heard about the recent launch of pet-only Pet Airways?
- Even student travelers sometimes take pets along – hopefully not to their college dorm rooms. Kathleen Crislip offers a roundup of pet travel information for students in Traveling With Pets.
Continue reading about pet-friendly travel...Where to Stay With Your Pet
- Upscale Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains
- Pet-Friendly Hotels in London
- Pet-Friendly Hotels in Chicago
- Pet-Friendly Hotels, Resorts and Parks in the Southwest U.S.
- Dog-Friendly Hotels in the UK
- Washington, DC's Four Seasons Hotel
- Hotel George, Washington, DC
- Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, East Traverse Bay, Michigan
- Dog-Friendly Hotels in British Columbia
- Black Lab Inn, Ottawa, Canada
- Susan Breslow Sardone suggests ten dog-friendly vacation ideas. Who knew you could surf with Fido?
- Lauren Himiak, your Guide to National and State Parks, showcases five of the Top Dog-Friendly National Parks in the U.S.
- Visit the Dog Chapel in Vermont. It's for real.
- Pet-Friendly Spas
- Pet-Friendly Happy Hours in Washington, DC
- Pet-Friendly Vancouver, British Columbia
- Pet-Friendly Alexandria, Virginia
- Volunteer to help animals at Red Mountain Resort & Spa.
- Culinary Travel for Pets is now a reality at these upscale hotels.
- London's Canine Cookie Company sells tempting doggie treats.
- London's Mutz Nutz Pet Boutique offers clothing and bling for your dog.
- Take a look at some of Greece's finest felines in deTraci Regula's Cats in Greece image gallery.
- James Martin tells you all about the legendary Cats of Rome.
Photo credits, from top to bottom: Adriano Gonçalves; Roman Balog; Jenny Rollo; Alfred Borchard; John De Boer