Switzerland, a dog's paradiseBy Wooftogether, Category:Travelers
As we pass this chilly winter, we all imagine ourselves drinking hot chocolate by the window of a chalet, with…
You desperately need a break from routine. To get away from life’s daily stresses and chill out for a while. The trouble is everyone you know is either too busy or too low on funds to go with you. What can you do? If you’ve never considered solo travel before, now’s the ideal time to start thinking about it and begin planning your first solo vacation.
Taking a solo vacation when you’re used to traveling with family or friends can feel a little daunting. There’s one simple solution to quelling those solo vacation anxieties. Travel with your dog!
Digital nomads and adventurous solo travelers are frequent posters to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You may even follow a few blogs written by intrepid solo travelers. Many of them travel with their dogs. It looks like they and their four-legged traveling companions have great fun. They will have fun, and so will you.
You’ve done all the necessary pre-trip organization. Your pup’s pet passport is up to date, their microchip is registered to your current address, and their shots are up to date. You and your dog are ready to hit the road for an adventure of a lifetime together!
Follow these tips for traveling solo with your dog and they will guarantee your trip will go smoothly from the word go.
Make sure any accommodation you’re going to stay at while traveling with your dog is really pet friendly. Pet friendly filters on booking platforms aren’t always accurate, and not all properties post their pet policies online. It would ruin your trip to arrive and realized your dog is not welcomed at the property.
Before you make a reservation, check if the hotel or apartments accept your dog’s size, if they have breed restrictions, require pets to be neutered before they’ll accommodate them, and if they provide dog amenities. If the hotel or apartments have a Woof Together badge, even better. You can rest assured, you will be in for a truly pet friendly experience.
In most cases, getting pet supplies isn’t a problem when you’re vacationing in urban areas. Though that said, if your dog is a picky eater or needs to follow a special diet, you might find it easier to take their regular food with you. If you’re traveling solo with your dog through Europe, it can prove to be quite tricky trying to translate pet food contents printed in a language you don’t understand. The last thing you want on your holiday is a dog with a sick tummy because you’re giving them different food.
If you go camping far from the city, always take enough food and water for your pup. It could be a long way back to the nearest store. If you can, take small packets of wet and dry food rather than the large bags. Your hungry canine traveling companion will appreciate getting their dinner in tiptop condition every day. You may well find water in your surroundings, but it might not be easily accessible or fresh enough to drink.
You’ve been invited to a day cruise on a yacht or out to lunch with some new acquaintances. Lucky you! The bad news is your furbuddy can’t go. It’s not possible to leave them alone for the time you’re gone, so what can you do? If you’re staying in pet friendly accommodation, your hosts may be able to recommend a dog sitter or a doggie daycare center in the local vicinity.
If your hosts can’t help or you’re on a road trip, don’t worry, there is still a solution for finding a dog sitter or some doggie daycare close to where you are. In the US, you can download the Wag app to find a reputable dog walker or sitter nearby. Rover operates in the US and in Europe, providing listings of walkers, sitters, and day boarding.
How do you take a restroom break when you’re traveling solo with your dog? Tricky question. The majority of public restrooms don’t display dogs prohibited signs, so strictly speaking, you can take your pup inside. That might not always be convenient if there’s a lack of space or lots of people around. If the restroom belongs to a gas station or store, it’s always best to ask before you go in with your dog.
You can leave your pup in your vehicle, but if you do, make sure you take a few safety precautions. Never park in direct sunlight, and leave the windows open enough to allow a decent airflow. Lock all the doors. You don’t want any well-meaning stranger letting your dog loose while you’re gone. You may even want to put a sign on the windshield stating you’ve gone to the restroom to let passersby know you’ve not abandoned your pet in the car. If you do need to leave your furbuddy in your vehicle, be as quick as you can.
We’ll be the first to agree that traveling solo with a dog does take a bit more organizing than a trip for you alone. Whether you decide to go on a road trip, rent a cottage in the countryside, head off backpacking the trails in a national park before camping under the stars, follow these tips, and we know you and your pup will have an unforgettably pawsome time.