Traveling with pets can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, budget travel with a four-legged friend in tow can be a bit hard to come by. With airline boarding fees, the cost of supplies while on the go and the expense of pet friendly hotels, many of us get discouraged when we consider and start planning for a trip with our pets.
At the end of the day, while most of us would love to take our beloved pet along on vacation, many of us find the expense and hassle of pet travel prohibitive.
If you’re looking for ways to include your pet on your next trip, here are a few ways you can save on traveling expenses with your pets (and avoid breaking the bank to take your pal along).
Do Your Research
Think your new vacation hotel won’t allow pets? Think again. Many hotels now allow pets to stay and play for a small fee. Bringing your pet along will ultimately save you money by foregoing expensive pet boarding and kennel fees. In addition, hotels and resorts that allow pets often have information on local dog parks, sightseeing tours and pet friendly activities, saving you time and money. Many campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, resorts and lodges allow dogs and cats to stay on the premises, giving the owners the peace of mind of knowing that their pet is safe and cared for.
Choose Your Airline Carefully
When traveling with your pet, it’s important to read the fine print regarding pet travel. While smaller pets can ride in the cabin of many airlines, they may be subject to fees and restrictions. These fees can add up quickly and cost you more than you bargained for. Larger pets may be subject to riding in the cargo hold of the plane, which can also be costly. Plan ahead with your airline and find out their policies on pet travel. Book your travel in the off season or on weekdays to save even more on your flight. If you don’t mind flying separately from your pet, consider booking a trip on Pet Airways, an airline devoted entirely to budget pet travel. Pet Airways offers low cost flights that can be booked near your own travel date.
Pack a Lunch
Many people overlook the cost of purchasing pet food while traveling. Even though your hotel or resort may allow pets, finding food for your four legged friend may pose an obstacle. Ship a supply of food to your destination before you travel or scout out the best pet food locations ahead of time. Many airports are introducing pet friendly options for travelers, but these perks come at a premium. Don’t forget to pack extra kibbles in your carry on bag to avoid paying for overpriced pet food in the airport.
Ask for a Discount
Many airlines, hotels and resorts have discounts at their disposal that are not advertised to the public. Simply asking if there are any deals or discounts available can open a world of budget possibilites to you. Unpublished discounts such as cheaper room rental rates, free baggage check fees and free or low cost ground transportation.
Traveling with your pet does not have to be an expensive and tedious endeavor. With the right amount of planning and preparation, it is easy to find great deals on hotels, air travel, road travel and pet friendly activities. Budget traveling with your pets is easier than ever with the wide variety of discounts and deals available to the pet owner that wants to spend a vacation with his four legged friend.