It’s no secret that we humans love our pets. In all their shapes and sizes, furred feathered or scaled, more than ever we want to let our pets experience every part of our lives too. Seven in ten millennials owns a pet of some kind. But as much as we love our animal companions, we also love to travel, a massive 39% of millennial and Generation Z workers wouldn’t accept a job that doesn’t let them travel. It can be hard to see how you can balance both – luckily we’ve found three ways you can travel the world and still care for your animals.
- Pet adventures
We love travel adventures, so it’s no surprise we’re keener than ever to take our pets with us when we travel. Dog-friendly hotels and B&Bs are more common, and you can book holiday rentals that allow your furry friend to stay for a small additional fee. Driving is the easiest way to travel as some airlines don’t allow pets in the cabin, and travelling in the hold can be very stressful for them.
Pet holidays are great for dog owners in particular and are easy to find in the UK and Europe. If you have horses, you can find holiday stables that allow you to bring your horse and enjoy an amazing adventure together. Cats are a little trickier to holiday with, but if yours is laid back and used to wearing a harness and lead, you can bring them with you – it should be no problem at all.
- Pet sitting
If you’re travelling for an extended period of time, or your pet just isn’t suitable for taking with you for whatever reason, pet sitting services are a great option. There is no need to call on your friends and family for favours and saves the stress of sending your pet to a kennel, cattery or boarder if you opt for a home visit service. You can find plenty of local pet sitters willing to look after your furry friends and even online associations like Cat in a Flat or Borrow My Doggy.
You can choose the level of care you want, whether it’s popping in to feed and walk them, right through to full boarding services. You can travel safely knowing your pet is getting the best level of care, helping them be less stressed and giving you peace of mind.
- Home technology
It’s natural to miss your pets and worry about them when you travel. Most owners say guilt and anxiety at leaving their pet behind can often put them off going altogether. But with new technology, you needn’t worry. Messages and photo updates from your sitter or friendly neighbour are a great way to reassure you, but you can go one further. Home camera systems linked straight to your device allow you to watch your pet, talk to them, and even play with them, no matter where you are in the world.
No matter what option you choose, you can travel the world reassured your pet is getting the best care possible whether that’s right by your side or at home with a trusted sitter.