A pet is a member of the family. You feed them, bathe them, and make sure they go outside to do their business. You’re always with them at home and they’re always waiting for you patiently while you’re at work. When thinking about taking a vacation to escape the realities of everyday life and explore this beautiful world, it only makes sense to bring Fido along with. Why leave them in a kennel stressed out for a week, when you can bring him on along for your adventures? We think dogs need vacations too. So we’ve made a list of some pretty ‘paw’some travels for you and your dog that you’ll both love.
Trips for you and your dog that allow you to be outside most of the time are perfect. With a camping trip, your dog is welcome everywhere you are, and campsites are very pet friendly for the most part. Make sure to take your dog out a ways from your campsite to do their business so you don’t attract any unwanted guests (bears and raccoons will eat ALL of your food).
If you have family you’ve been meaning to visit for a while, now is the time to make the plan to see them. Family members are usually a lot more understanding when you decide to surprise them with a dog in the car. They pro that Fido is your family member, and you’re a package deal. And if they don’t, its a lot harder for family kick you out on the street, so they’ll learn to deal with it. Call up your second cousin living in Portland, Oregon and plan that trip to see them. Everyone will be happy to see you both, so this is usually one of the easier trips for you and your dog.
National Parks are another perfect destination when looking for trips to bring your dog on. On these types of trips, you’re usually outside most of the day exploring the area. National Parks showcase some of the most beautiful parts of the world, and your pet will love all the different smells and trails to explore. Typically you can camp or rent a hotel near National Parks. Just make sure to find a pet friendly hotel and ask if there are any pet fees or deposits.
If camping outside on the ground isn’t your thing, Bed and Breakfasts usually offer a lot nicer accommodations and amenities for you to enjoy during your trips for you and your dog. You can find loads of pet friendly bed and breakfasts all over the world. They’re also a bit more secluded too. You’ll be able to enjoy the quiet space without stressing out your dog if he or she doesn’t enjoy crowds.
What better place could there be for your pet than watching other dogs race around the gorgeous State of Alaska? This one of the colder trips for you and your dog that you will both love. The Iditarod race occurs every year on the first Saturday of March. You’ll get to watch dog sled teams compete in a race that travels over 1,000 miles. It starts in Anchorage, so that’s a great place to look for a place to stay. Some of the bars in Anchorage are also dog friendly, so Fido can come with you almost everywhere you go. Anchorage also has a lot of parks and lakes to explore that your pup will enjoy.
Woofstock is North America’s largest outdoor dog party that brings tens of thousands of dogs and their owners to have fun and mingle. Lots of companies and vendors that support dogs visit the event, so you’ll plenty of options for you and Fido to explore. Even better, this two day festival is ‘paws’itively free!
Show your Dog Where They’re From:
The last item on this list is one of the most creative trips for you and your dog. A really fun and different vacation idea is to choose a trip based on your dog’s breed. You can show him or her where they’re from or where their breed name came from. For example, if you own a German Shepherd, book a trip to the mountains in Germany. If you have a Newfoundland, take the train north to the providence in Canada and camp on the island. Here are some more examples to get you thinking for your next trip:
|Trips for You and Your Dog||Dog Type|
|Africa||Saluki, Rhodesian Ridgeback|
|Australia||Austrailian Terrier, Cattledog, Dingo|
|China||Pug and Shih Tzu|
|England||English Cocker Spaniel, English Foxhound, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel|
|France||French Bulldog and the French Spaniel|
|Germany||Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, and Dachshund|
|Ireland||Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, and Irish Wolfhound|
|Norway||Vallhund, Danish Pointer, Icelandic Sheepdog|
|Russia||Siberian Husky, Black Russian Terrier|
|Scotland||Scottish Deerhound and the Scottish Terrier|
|Tibet||Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Spaniel, and Tibetan Terrier|
|United States||Alaskan Malamute, Coonhound, American Pitbull|
|Wales||Springer Spaniel, Corgi, Welsh Terrier|
I hope these give you some fun ideas on trips for you and your dog. Remember that your dog loves being around you, so they’ll be happy no matter where you decide to go. Keep in mind your dog’s personality type when planning activities. If your dog doesn’t do well in a crowd, going to a National Park might be a better idea than the chaotic Woofstock Festival. Safety should always be your first priority for you and your pet. Please travel smart and consult your veterinarian if you’re unsure your dog can handle a certain activity.
Let me know if you’ve done any of these with your dog or if you have any other ideas to add in the comments below!