Nigel G. Worrall
family vacation. It’s
our long-awaited chance to relax with loved ones, spend time
together, escape everyday stresses and enjoy some good old fashioned
family bonding. But
more often than not, there’s one particular loved one who has to
stay behind while the rest of the clan takes off for some sun and
fun. That someone?
The family pet.
much as we love our cats and dogs, many of us have never even
considered taking them on vacation – or if we have, we don’t
really know how to plan a trip that includes them.
Which is a shame, because taking your pet with you on
vacation can save you a lot of money in boarding costs, not to
mention the stress of worrying if your “best friend” is healthy
and happy while you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away.
more than ever, our pets really are part of our families.
Shouldn’t they be able to join us on our family vacations
In a word,
yes. These days, it’s
easier than ever to plan a vacation that includes the family pet.
The secret is knowing a few simple tips to make sure your
trip goes smoothly and everyone is happy.
Eight Easy Tips will help you plan the ultimate pet-friendly family
vacation – so give them a try when you’re getting ready for your
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
pet-friendly vacation is not the kind of trip where you just throw
Spot or Fluffy in the car and head off in the general direction of
your destination hoping to find a motel when you get tired.
Taking a trip with a pet takes some advance thought – even
if you’re a die-hard, spur-of-the-moment kind of traveler.
You’ll need to do a little research and maybe, yes, make a
reservation. But don’t
worry. The results will
be worth it!
VISIT YOUR VET
pet healthy enough to travel? Is
Mr. Whisker’s flea-prevention up to date?
Does Daisy get carsick, or have trouble sleeping in strange
locations? Before you
take your pet on vacation, take a drive to your veterinarian’s
office to discuss any concerns you might have and make sure your
best friend is in top shape before the trip.
TIP #3 SAY
“I DO” TO I.D.
losing your dog or cat in a strange city.
It can happen, which is why before taking your pet on any
sort of trip, you need to make sure their I.D. tags are up to date.
Ensuring that you can be contacted immediately if your pet is
lost will make for a much more relaxing holiday for the entire
family. It might also
help to attach a temporary I.D. tag with contact information at your
you’ve ever taken a road trip with a baby or small child, you have
some idea of what hitting the road with a dog or cat will be like.
Traveling light is simply not an option when pets are
involved. For the car
ride itself, you’ll need plenty of water, as well as a dish to
serve it in. Depending
on the length of the drive, you may also need food – or at least
some treats to make the time go by faster.
Bring your dog’s leash, so you can break up the monotony of
the drive with a brisk walk – and don’t forget the pooper
scooper and bags to dispose of the waste!
pet sheds you may want to protect your upholstery with a blanket or
some towels. This is
also helpful to protect leather interior from kitty’s claws.
And if you use a pet carrier, don’t forget to pack it.
arrive at your destination, you’ll want to make sure you have your
pet’s favorite toys, blankets, a bed if it uses one, your pet’s
regular food and a food dish, grooming utensils and any medication
your pet either takes regularly or might need.
MAKE SURE THE SKIES ARE PET- FRIENDLY
you’ll be traveling to your destination by plane, you’ll need to
contact the airline to research its pet policies.
How much will it cost to transport your pet?
Can your pet travel with you, or will he need to make the
trip in the cargo hold? Get
answers to your questions well in advance so you can plan
RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION
where there are parks and beaches in your vacation area that welcome
pets – that way you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when
you get there instead of poring over maps or the internet.
If you’ll be spending the day away from your pet at an
amusement park, look into local pet sitters or dog walking services
to add to your pet’s comfort away form home.
BE A GOOD BOY (OR GIRL)
A pet is
only as good as its owner – so do your part and look after your
dog or cat, keep her out of harm’s way and away from things she
shouldn’t touch. Make
sure to clean up all messes and leave your accommodation ready for
the next family to enjoy.
TIP #8 BOOK
probably the most important tip of them all.
Because while it’s relatively easy to find accommodation
that welcomes pets, finding a place to stay that is truly “pet
friendly” is a different story.
nothing pet-friendly about a cramped hotel or motel room that gives
your entire family no room to move.
Ditto accommodation located in the middle of a busy city or
town center, where there are cars everywhere and little quiet space
for you to take your best friend for a walk.
Your family AND your pet deserve accommodation with room to
spread out – especially if your pet likes to sleep outside – in
a peaceful location.
choice – that you’ll find in the middle of a choice vacation
spot - is to book a pet-friendly Florida Leisure Vacation Home,
where you can find accommodations with all the comforts of your own
home in the Orlando, Florida area.
From their layout and amenities to their great locations,
these homes are specially chosen to provide the very best in
pet-friendly accommodation – check them out at http://www.floridaleisure.com/flvh/pets.htm
really all there is to it. With
a little planning – and the right accommodation choice – your
next family vacation can include the entire
family. Follow these
simple steps and you can ensure a fun and relaxing vacation with
Follow these eight tips, and your trip with your pets will be exciting, memorable AND affordable. For more information about vacation homes, click here or call 407 870 1600
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About Nigel G. Worrall:
Nigel Worrall is President / CEO of Florida Leisure Vacation Homes & Total Real Estate Solutions. He is regularly sought by the media as a vacation home and real estate expert and has featured on NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS. He has also featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Newsweek, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Business Journal and several other publications. Nigel is also the best selling author of “Big Ideas For Your Business” (Advantage Media)
Nigel serves many clients around the world as a Realtor®, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Investor, Mortgage Broker and Real Estate Trainer.
About Florida Leisure:
Florida Leisure Vacation Homes is the leading vacation home company in the Orlando, Fla. – Disney area, offering 3-7 bedroom private vacation homes near to all the Orlando area attractions. Each home has it’s own fully equipped kitchen, 3-7 bedrooms, lounge, dining room, laundry, 2 car garage and best of all, private swimming pool. http://www.FloridaLeisure.com