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    Travel with or without pets?

    Do you take your pets along with you or board them? Or have a friend watch them?

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    We have someone come and feed our cat and change the litterbox as well. I'd rather her get to stay at home.

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    Pets add a whole new dimension to travel. Everywhere you go you have to check their pet policy and then you may need to find pet care while on the road so you can do the things you want to do. If you are doing most outdoor activities you could bring your pet, but indoor activities are a lot more challenging. It also depends on where you want to stay. Personally it is easier to get boarding or a friend to feed while I am gone.

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    Depends on the trip and the pet, I guess.

    I traveled with a friend and her dog on a road trip through the Southwest and it was awesome. But we were in an RV so we had our choice of where to go and where to stay, and in a pinch could leave the dog in the RV when dogs weren't allowed.

    I wouldn't want to visit a city with the same dog, though. It would spend most of the time in the hotel room and I would feel bad about that.

    But on the flip side I go to a lot of conferences where people bring small animals like cats, rather than leaving them at home for multiple days. If the hotel and pet are cool with it, then it's nice to have them around.

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    Agree with zlemune. It depends on what kind of pet you're talking about and the place you're going. I have squirrels and the laws of my country do not allow us to travel with rodents of any kind (as far as I know). But for animals like dogs and cats, I suppose the laws are less strict.

    I wouldn't want to take my pets with me simply because I wouldn't be sure of their safety, seeing as they are that small. But I'm sure the company of pets during a holiday can be fantastic. They would add a whole new degree of enthusiasm to the experience, and also have a nice little break themselves!

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    I find traveling with our pets to be a huge hassle. Even when we take the dogs camping with us it cramps our style. We avoid restaurants we'd otherwise try, activities that might catch our eye, and generally can't change plans on the fly at all because we always have to think about where the dogs will stay. Even pet-friendly accommodations generally prohibit leaving animals unattended so they have to come with us everywhere, and the weather is frequently too extreme for them to stay in the van for even very short periods of time.

    We have a wonderful neighbor who comes over to care for our animals while we're traveling. Our oldest dog doesn't take well to boarding and I'm not sure where I'd even begin to look for a facility in my area that boards bunnies, but thankfully we don't have to because of our friend next door. He's more than happy to check in on the pets and watch a little HD television before going home to his tube TV and basic cable.

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    I'd never take my pet with me while I'm traveling, that's just not practical. Specially to my trips to Europe! I stay with relatives and people I know, so taking a pet with me wouldn't be the best idea! Specially a dog. I think the best option is to leave your pet with a relative, that way the relative can look after it in your own place. I usually pay for that service, specially when my mom is not available.

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    I never bring my pets when I'm traveling. I have a family or relatives take care of them. I think it's uncomfortable having a pet if you are on vacation. I travel because I want to enjoy, be free and don't worry of anything. It's like recharging myself. I think it will not happen if I have my pets with me, cause I have to attend their needs too. It's like we are still at home and not on vacation.

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    I agree it's not really practical....and aside from that my cat can't stand even the tiny trips to the vet. So no travel for her. She's just as happy to stay home and have a friend check in on her, and I don't have to worry about her while I'm away .

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    I would travel without pets, it makes traveling more expensive because most hotels have very high fees for your pets. Also you are limited to what you can do, and how long you can be out if you choose to leave your pet in the hotel room because ou had to come back and feed them and walk them ect. So I personally would travel without.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    I would probably leave the pets at home. We usually have someone, like his brother who lives across from us, come in and take care of the dogs and cats. He doesn't need to worry about the kitty litter unless we're gone for weeks, just feeding the animals and taking them out.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    Why on earth would you take a pet to travel with you? I could never ever imagine taking one with me when traveling...

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    I'd not take mine on a trip either :P But sometimes it's necessary, like for example when you're moving to another country and need to bring your pets with you, but that would be TOO much hassle! Specially if you are traveling by plane... so many papers and forms you need to fill! It can be a very time-consuming process. I'd definitely never put myself tru that more than once...

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    I prefer not to take pets to travel with me because it is inconvenient. I have cats, which is a better idea to leave them at home. I think taking pets to travel will take away the fun moments because my focus would be on taking care them instead of enjoying the trip.

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    Bringing a pet is always more complicated than leaving it with family or friend. If you are just travelling, bringing pets can be a hassle. Now when you will stay for a longer period it might be worth bringing your little friend. But in general trips are really stressful to animals.

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    I have a friend watch her. I have a cat and traveling with cats isn't really... ideal lol. She hates being in the car and gets scared easily so it's just easier on her to leave her home. Although everyone always tells me she misses me like crazy when I'm gone ;(

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    I have taken a dog on a road trip and they seem to love it. It does take some planning since some hotels are not pet friendly, but it is not impossible to find one. A lot of times we slept in the van, so it was nice to have a little guard with us. Never felt worried at even a rest stop having a dog along.

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    I've been traveling around with my girlfriend and her two cats for about a year now and we've had no problems. However, I can say that it is not for everyone. We've also had a few scares with them running off in the mountains and not being able to find them for a night. Which was scary because it was winter and a storm was coming in.

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    Like someone mentioned before I think it depends on the type of pet and the size that you have. Sometimes I wish the two dogs that I had were smaller (under 25 pounds) because it would be alot easier to take them along but they're both 40 pounds of fuss lol... and can't do it. I boarded one of the dogs (when only had one) and she got sick so after that I had them at friend's houses which was easier on them.
    Last edited by Mayvin; 11-14-2013 at 12:32 PM.

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    I remembered this thread yesterday because it came up in conversation with a friend. She takes her cat with her to conferences, since her closest relatives have a dog who doesn't much care for cats. Also her cat is old and is fine with being in the car, and new places, but stressed out by being left alone, so having someone drop by to feed it doesn't really help.

    I suppose she could board it, but it's cheaper and less stressful to the animal to just bring it along when the conference is within driving distance. So that's one example for the "why on Earth would you want to do that" crowd ;D

    My cats, on the other hand, would probably love to have the place to themselves for a weekend, with the only human interference being meal service!

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    Some people don't want to leave their pets behind. I've traveled with my dog many times, I stay at camp grounds and it is perfect for my dog to run around and explore. I could see how a certain kind of travel wouldn't warrant it, though.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    Yeah , There are many such airlines which allows us to take our pets with us in aeroplane. For animals there is special facility provided.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    I prefer my cat to stay at home because for me its not convient to travel with a pet.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    If having a stranger come into your home and care for pet while you are traveling is out of the question, consider a hotel of sorts for dogs and cats. Look for a pet care facility in which you can board your dog or cat while you travel. Visit the pet care facility to make sure it's clean, spacious and safe for pets.

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    Re: Travel with or without pets?

    I would probably keep the creatures at house. We usually have someone, like his sibling who lifestyles across from us, come in and deal with the creatures. He doesn't need to fear about the pet trash unless we're gone for several weeks, just providing the creatures and getting them out.

 

 
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