Travelnuity – Dog Friendly Travel Around The World
- How do you incorporate dog-friendly travel into your travels? How do you prepare? Can you give us some tips?
- Share one of your favorite travel stories…How do these type of experiences change you as a person?
- What are your top 5 travel rules that you follow every time you travel and why?
- Always have travel insurance, whether with your credit card or purchased outright, and know if there are exclusions. It’s horrible to hear of people with huge medical bills they can’t pay, as they didn’t travel with travel insurance.
- Try and travel with a carry-on only. It’s so liberating, not to mention cheaper if you’re traveling with budget airlines. I did this last year when traveling around Asia for 6 months (swimming costumes and summer tops don’t take up much room!) and find it frustrating this wasn’t possible on my current Europe trip with Schnitzel.
- Try and plan a lot (but not everything) in advance. In particular, work out details for transport connections and find out whether any museums you’re planning to visit are closed one day of the week. This is extra worthwhile when traveling with a dog.
- Don’t splurge on a hotel room if you’re barely going to be in it, apart from sleeping. I like to stay somewhere comfortable but will only spend extra if I’m going to be spending a lot of time
on siteand making use of the facilities.
- Walking is the best way to explore cities, especially if you have a dog.
- What are your top 5 travel hacking tips and tricks?
- When traveling by train in Europe, try and book long-distance trains well in advance. With our train from Switzerland to Italy, it would have cost us 3 times more if we booked it the day before instead of 2 weeks in advance.
- Also in Europe, avoid one-way car rentals across country borders. Assuming it’s actually allowed, the one-way fee will be prohibitive; return the car in the same country, even if it’s still one-way, then take a train. Also, check if you’re allowed to take your car to other countries, and any extra costs.
- Never let the funds in your credit card get too low, especially if you’re hiring cars! Holds can be expensive, especially with discount car rentals.
- If travelling with a dog, avoid dog surcharges for accommodation by staying in Airbnbs, which rarely charge a fee. Double bonus if you’re driving a car and can park if for free, rather than pay for the privilege.
- Ignore the check-in time listed for a hotel. I’ve often turned up before check-in time and straight away been given a room, even at 10 in the morning. If you’re hesitant, just say “I know check-in time isn’t yet, but is my room ready?”
- What are your top 5 travel things you must bring in your carry on, purse and/or satchel?
- Bottle of water, refilled after security
- My laptop and phone
- Something to read
- Spare change of underwear
- My contact lenses (although I wear glasses on the flight)
- What is the most prized souvenir you brought back from abroad and what’s its story?
- Where are you off to next and what are hoping to experience, eat, see and/or learn?
- Thanks Shandos for taking the time to talk with me. So much great information for those considering (or those who never considered) bringing their dogs on travels
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