Too often when we go on holidays, we automatically leave our pets behind. Whether at a kennel or with family or a pet sitter. We treat organising for them to be looked after the same way as packing a bag: an obvious step before leaving on vacation.
Up until recently I was the same. My husband and I have an adorable Miniature Dachshund called Schnitzel, but we always left him behind when we travelled. We reasoned that as we lived in Australia, it was just too hard to take him along anywhere. But as we headed to Europe on a long-term holiday and were faced with the prospect of not being able to leave him any longer with family, we took him along with us and haven’t regretted it.
So why don’t you stop for a moment, and consider taking your dog along with you on your next holiday? Here are six reasons you should consider travelling with your dog.
1. They’re Part of Your Family
You wouldn’t ever seriously consider leaving your kids behind when you go on holidays, would you? Well, unless it’s a quick romantic getaway, but not every holiday. Just like children, dogs are a member of your family, and would love to stay together with you.
2. You’ll Chat More with the Locals
Remember how when you last moved house, you met all of the locals during daily visits to the dog park? It’s just like that when you’re travelling, even if you don’t stay anywhere for long. Locals will stop you and want to meet your dog, even if language is a barrier. Before you know it, you’ll work out how to share your pet’s details such as name, sex and age in the local language. While we’re been travelling, Schnitzel has even gotten pats from military police officers armed with assault rifles!
3. An Excuse to Not Visit Endless Museums and Churches
When travelling, it’s easy to fall into a trap of visiting an endless stream of museums and churches, even when you start to suffer from fatigue. After all, aren’t they cultural treasures that can’t be missed? But if you’re travelling with a dog, it’s not easy to visit churches or museums. Most museums don’t allow dogs, unless they’re mainly an outdoor museum, while I’ve never come across a church that permits dogs. So while it still might be possible to visit a few museums and churches, if you have somewhere to leave your dog during your visit (or you take turns), it’s a good excuse to only visit the ones you really want to.
4. You’ll Be More Active
Having your dog with you will encourage you to get outdoors more often and be active. Most dogs will want you to take them for at least a daily walk, perhaps even two. And they’ll love it even more if you spend all days outdoors with them, whether walking about a city, going for a hike, or just hanging in a park. It’s the perfect motivation to keep active on your holiday and work off those holiday ice creams.
5. Things Will Work Out
Sure, you may think that dogs aren’t allowed in most hotels, Airbnbs, restaurants or attractions. But there are places out there, if you look, and for us things have always had a habit of working out. One time my husband and I were wanting to do a long day trip, that included a coach trip that wasn’t dog-friendly. Still uncertain how we could do it, we then found a possible Airbnb to stay at that also offered dog sitting – the perfect solution!
6. Pats and Cuddles
And then there’s the best part of having your dog around. Every day, they’ll be wanting pats from you and to give you cuddles, looking up at you with their puppy dog eyes. And isn’t the unwavering affection of your dog something that you don’t want to miss out on?
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