“We use packing cubes to keep our luggage organized and save time packing (and repacking) during a trip. In addition, we can take out packing cubes, flip the tops over, and place them in a hotel drawer.”
The dog days of summer may be coming to a close, but perks in pet travel continue to unfold—and for some luxury hotels, “pet-friendly” is an understatement. Take Maine’s Inn by the Sea, for example. Starting September 2nd to October 31st, this Cape Elizabeth resort is catering to pooches with their INNcredible Pets Package. At last, Fido can catch a break from all that fetch with a 30-minute in-room doggie massage and gourmet meals from the Inn’s pet menu. A nightly turndown service offers seasonal treats right before your pet dozes off on his personalized L.L. Bean dog bed.
Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.
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This week, we’re highlighting advice from iReporter Hngry2Travel. While her enthusiastic photo proves she’s no novice to jet-setting, she does admit that flying is not her favorite mode of transportation. Her suggestion for making flights more bearable?
“Sit in the middle of the plane, where there tends to be less turbulence!”
It may be Wednesday, but don’t lose your bite! The weekend is on its way and there’s plenty to explore when traveling with your trusted companion. Take Camo the Jack Russell Terrier, for example. When he’s not napping, he’s taking on the great outdoors with his pal (and one of our top Instagram followers) Bridget Brunet at California’s Mammoth Mountain.
Have your own pet travel tips or photos? Submit them using the hashtag #TLDogs on Twitter or Instagram. Your pup could be featured next!
Look over on the highway to find a dog with his tongue hanging out of the window, ears flopping through the wind, and it’s hard to fight a smile. There’s something classic about a pup braving the open road.
But of course, safety comes first, and all those “Buckle Up” signs apply to Fido as well. For this week’s pet travel tip, we reached out to our Instagram follower Tiffany Tosh (@tiffxtosh). Sure enough, she confirmed that her Chihuahua, Louie (pictured), “is so happy go-lucky with traveling, but I always keep safety first and keep him buckled up in his car seat!”
Nothing beats summer days on the beach—playing fetch in the ocean, burying your paws in the sand, and soaking up the sun with your snout in the air. If only someone could tell our humans that a dog’s needs are as plain as rawhide.
For this week’s pet travel tip, T+L reached out to our Instagram follower Christy Anderson (@faithfuladventurer), whose Chocolate Labrador, June, loves to lounge on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: “My top tip is to treat traveling with your pup like traveling with your kids. Pack plenty of snacks, plan on plenty of pit stops, and don't forget to plan some fun activities with your canine in mind.”
So there you have it—a beach day with your pet is as simple as snack-stop-stroll.
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Maria Pedone is Travel + Leisure's digital editorial intern. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.
While you may be a seasoned solo-traveler, jet setting with your pet can be a bit harrier. So we turned to Brian Kelly, travel expert and founder of The Points Guy, to ask for his personal tips on flying with Miles (pictured), his adorable French bulldog. You need only to scroll through their Instagram feeds (Brian and Miles each have their own) to be impressed by this dynamic duo.
Here are Brian’s top four tips for flawless pet travel:
It’s not as stressful for you OR your pet as you think: I think my major concern before traveling with my puppy was that it would be too grueling and tiring for him, but he seemed to handle everything in stride. During our time at the airport and on the plane, I'm within his sight at all times, and as long as he can see me or feel my hand on his travel carrier, he's absolutely fine. The same is true in hotel rooms – Miles is just happy to be wherever I am and it didn’t matter that it wasn’t at home.
In a day and age where we’re constantly hounding websites, iPhone apps, and Twitter feeds for the best travel deals, it’s nice to know that serendipity still plays a role.
Eight years ago, two Québec girls threw a message in a bottle into Montréal’s St. Lawrence River, uncertain if their letter would ever be answered.
Fast-forward to 2013, and the same bottle has made it across the Atlantic Ocean and into the hands of ten-year-old Oisín Millea from County Waterford, Ireland. His spontaneous discovery (which he suitably deemed as ‘treasure’) stirred the hearts of Tourisme Québec minister Pascal Bérubé, who then invited Oisín and his family to the province for a 12-day visit, gratis. Besides meeting up with the two girls (now young women) to celebrate the bottle’s long-awaited arrival, the family trip will include visits to Montréal, Québec City, the Irish Memorial park on Grosse Ile, sleeping in a yurt, and whale watching on the St. Lawrence River.
From their wind-sniffing snouts to their wagging tails, dogs truly are travelers' best friends. Besides the obvious perks (wet kisses), travel companies are also rewarding us for bringing Fido along. Virgin Australia and JetBlue offer frequent flier miles for your pet, while D Pet Hotels Chelsea takes care of feeding (private chef) and grooming (“pawdicures”).
So we decided to show some appreciation to our furry friends, as well. Each week, we’ll turn to our most trusted pet travel experts—our followers—for tips on traveling with your four-legged companion.
Safety is a constant concern when traveling, whether you’re hopping in the car for a weekend getaway or backpacking across Europe. Besides being unfamiliar with a location, language barriers can also make communication difficult. Cue new mobile security app, React Mobile.
Free to download for iOS and select Android systems, the app allows you to create a list of emergency contacts (friends, parents, doctors, etc.) that will be instantly notified if danger strikes. Just tap once to “activate your shield” and GPS coordinates of your location will be sent to members on your list, with an option to link your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Have a serious problem? Send a message to police directly from the app. React Mobile has world-travelers covered, with availability in 39 countries and four continents including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, European Union, Australia, China, Japan, Israel, Jamaica, Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, and Argentina.