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Pet Friendly Travel in the News

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Oct. 21, 2015
Reprinted with permission from Auto Europe

New Developments in Pet Travel include Pet-Friendly Airlines and Online Communities

Our pets are our lives - if it were up to us, we'd bring them with us everywhere, making sure that they are comfortable no matter where we may go. They're a part of our families and we want to make sure that they get to enjoy life with us, instead of apart from us. That's why pet travel has become a lot more convenient and manageable than it used to be and, thanks to new developments in pet travel, it's a lot easier to bring your furry friends traveling along with you in style!

Flights for Traveling with Pets

One influential recent development is that there are now many pet-friendly airlines that make traveling with pets overseas a breeze. It used to be truly difficult to find a flight provider that would treat your pet with the care and compassion he/she deserves, but more and more airlines like Delta, United, and American Airlines have been changing their policies to be more accommodating. Climate-controlled areas have been built specifically for pets; most notably, a special terminal affectionately dubbed "The Ark" has gone under construction at JFK airport in New York City. Some airlines have even upgraded their services so that your dog or cat can fly in first class, complete with snacks to give them the same comfort they'd find while relaxing at home.

Finding Pet-Friendly Travel Options

Online communities have become a huge resource for those who are looking to travel with pets. Why? Because the more that you can communicate with other pet owners who are traveling, the more that you'll be able to find out about accommodations and travel providers that are pet friendly, allowing your animals to enjoy the sights right along with you. You can go to online communities such as PetFriendlyTravel.com and PetTravel.com to learn about the best places to visit, the best hotels to stay in, and even where you should go if you want to get your pet some great local cuisine or treats. These communities are a wellspring of information that you can't get anywhere else, so if you're traveling with a pet, they're a must for you to check out.

Lastly, you will notice that a lot of tourist spots are pet friendly or, at the very least, they will have gifts and treats for you to purchase for your four-footed friends. Specialty snacks, pet-sitting services, and various other resources have been booming, making it that much easier for you to enjoy your trip while your pet gets pampered. Hotels are more likely to allow you to bring your pets with you, too. But be wary, as many accommodations charge an additional cleaning fee for having a pet in tow. Use the online communities mentioned above to get the details on pet-friendly destinations and you'll find that traveling with pets nowadays is easier than ever!

The Improving Pet Travel Industry

If you've traveled with pets, or you've thought about it, you know how daunting the task can be. By making it easier to travel with your pets, providers from hotels to airlines have opened up a whole new world to people who may have felt unfairly restricted in the past. Book your airfare and hotels accordingly and once you get to your destination, rather than subject yourself to the limitations imposed on public transportation like buses and trains, consider renting a car. This affordable option will allow you to have your pet at your side no matter where you go!


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