August is the number one travel month of the year I learned when I worked at Air Canada. Last-minute vacations before school starts, college kids, new jobs, and family reunions are the majority of reasons people travel in August. Until I got a dog I never thought about traveling with a pet.

Earlier this summer we went to Europe and Coconut boarded with NEW PAWSibilities and that was a perfect and affordable answer to allowing us to travel but still making sure he was safe. Last weekend Coconut went on his longest road trip ever and he did a great job. His first trip was to Chicago and he stayed in a hotel. You never realize how noisy a hotel corridor is until you have a dog with you all night.

Nick Burton from has some excellent tips on traveling with dogs from cars to planes and hotels and more.

All of our dogs are microchipped and that chip never expires. If you have a dog who has not been microchipped do see your vet about this. It’s easy, affordable, and could be the difference between finding your dog if he’s ever lost.

Staying with your dog can be expensive in hotels and Nick points out. If you have an emotional support dog it’s always good to call the hotel directly and have a copy of your therapist’s letter with you. An increasing number of hotels are dog-friendly and many do not charge an additional fee if your dog is a service, therapy, or emotional support dog but you must have documentation.

Thank you, Nick, for your timely and helpful article on traveling with pets.
Smart, Budget-Minded Travel Trips When You’re Vacationing with Pets by Nick Burton,

Traveling with your pets can be an expensive endeavor if you don’t take the time to plan ahead. From the gear you need along the way to making the right reservations, there’s a lot that goes along with seeing the world with your fantastic (and furry) companion. If you’re planning an outing, you’ll want to get your proverbial ducks in a row before your dog drains your wallet.

Here are a few things you have to consider.

What You’ll Do Together During Your Travels
Taking a dog on the road — or in the air — with you is much like having a pet home. You will need the same essentials, such as food and a leash, but you may also need to provide gear and equipment to keep them safe when you get to your destination. If you are going fishing, for example, make sure your dog has a life jacket. As insurance company Schatz and Associates points out, not all dogs are natural swimmers. You may also need a portable set of feeding dishes, extra bottles of water, or a special hiking harness. You can save money on these items by looking for coupons online through companies such as Ebates. If you’re lucky, you can even get paid cashback for the shopping you have to do anyway.

How You’ll Find Your Pet If They Decide to Explore Solo
The vast majority of pets — especially dogs — have a natural curiosity of their surroundings. At home, this was likely satisfied long ago. However, when you are on the move, there are many new things for them to experience, and they may not have the patience to wait for you. In addition to your dog’s collar and tags, plan to spend around $45 to have your pet microchipped at the veterinarian’s office before you go. If your dog wanders off, this is the best way to ensure you are reunited. Keep in mind, too, that many states will allow you to reclaim your pet for free if they have a microchip, according to HomeAgain. This may not only save you the heartache of losing your best friend, but each municipality is within its right to set impound fees, which you will have to pay if your dog winds up in animal control. Most veterinarians can scan an implanted chip, and they will be more likely to call you first before contacting the local pound.

Where You’ll Stay 
If you’re thinking that your pet will be welcome anywhere you are, you’re probably wrong. While there are plenty of pet-friendly options in most cities, many hotels have policies that forbid non-service animals. Reasons for this are many but often come down to abuse of animal policies. Call ahead to your preferred accommodations to confirm that your pet won’t cost you an extra $250 cleaning fee, which you may not have budgeted for.

Other Tips
● Confirm with the airline that your pet will be able to fly. Some do not allow animals in the cargo hold if the temperature is warmer than 85 degrees or cooler than 45 degrees. Spring and fall are usually the best times to travel with your pet.

● When driving, make sure you have an animal harness and that your pet is comfortable. You can also keep your pup safe by placing him in a doggie booster seat.

● Plan for plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, walking or playing at the dog park, all of which are cost-effective.

● Always keep your dog on a leash when you’re not in a fenced area.

● Make sure their immunizations are up to date — many diseases are not only harmful but also very expensive to treat.

Traveling with your animal is a privilege and a joy, but it’s also one that does require preparations if you don’t want to be hit with unexpected expenses. So, make sure to plan ahead and spend a little bit of money now on things like gear, vaccinations, and microchipping, which will save you from opening your wallet while you’re on the road.

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