Pet-friendly trips: alternatives to hotels and motels

Families often bring their dogs on vacation. Most people know that many hotels and motels allow pets, but what about other types of accommodation? Travelers with pets actually have many options, from bed and breakfasts to lodges and vacation rentals, and even the occasional spa.

The diversity of pet-friendly accommodations offers options for pet owners who may have something special in mind. For example, a couple looking for a romantic weekend can stay in one of the many Bed & Breakfasts that accept pets. Pets staying in a B&B should feel comfortable being close to other people; It shouldn't be excitable (don't jump on other guests!); and it must be smooth and quiet (many barking could ruin the intimate atmosphere of a B&B). And you should not ask for alms at the breakfast table!

An ideal cabin complex for families is an excellent option for guests who want many outdoor activities for children and plenty of space for walking the dog. Again, pets that visit family resorts should feel comfortable with many people around, but also with young children. Always keep your dog on a leash and under control and don't let him chase the children of other guests, even for fun. Bring many paw towels to clean your dog after spending the day playing. Some family resorts do not allow pets during the busy summer months due to the possibility of conflict between dogs and children.

Another option for travelers with pets, and an option that is becoming more popular, is a country house or a vacation rental. An advantage of a vacation rental is privacy. Many times, it is a single unit on its own property. Your dog has plenty of room to run and play, and occasional barking is less likely to bother anyone since there are no other guests. In addition, a vacation rental often has much more space for your family and your dog to relax (both indoors and outdoors) without having to worry about bumping into other guests.

Not all accommodations allow pets, so be sure to check before booking, even if you have stayed there before. This is especially important if you plan to bring a pet other than a dog: many accommodations that accept dogs may not allow cats, rabbits, birds or exotic pets, although some accommodations now offer the "Bale & Breakfast" option for guests traveling with your horses!

Of course, before you decide to take your pet on vacation, make sure he behaves well, is healthy and enjoys traveling. Ask yourself honestly what kind of things you want to do during the holidays: if it is mainly about things where your pet cannot join you, then it may be better to leave it comfortably at home with a trusted pet sitter. If you decide that you want to bring your puppy with you, ask the accommodation for your pet policies (including additional pet fees) before booking. And finally, be a good "pet ambassador": keep your pet under control, clean up after him and don't let him disturb other guests.