Traveling With Pets: A Conversation With Patti Reddi
This month, we’re interviewing women from all over the world and asking them about their travels with their pets. We had the privilege of speaking with Patti Reddi about her experiences traveling with pets. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are some of the places you’ve traveled with your pet?
My name is Patti and I write for The Savvy Globetrotter. When I’m not traveling I’m usually planning my next trip- preferably with my furry friend! My dog, Buddy, and I have traveled together extensively throughout the United States by plane and car but his standout favorite places seem to be San Diego and Miami.
What was the process like for taking your pet on your travels? What did the destination require you to do?
The process requires planning, checking and double-checking with airlines, hotels and even your pet’s vet that you have all the proper documents, fees and vaccines in order. After you go through it once and you realize how fun it is to travel with your buddy, the entire process is just routine preparations. I have not traveled to destinations with my pet that involve special requirements (such as quarantine) but I make sure each destination is pet friendly with plenty of activities to enjoy together.
What were the expenses associated with taking your pet on your travels?
Most hotels charge a pet fee (sometimes refundable and sometimes not) in addition to the nightly rate. Flying with a pet also includes additional fees. My dog is small enough to fly in cabin and counts as one of my carry on items but I still have to pay an extra fee.
What sorts of obstacles, if any, did you run into?
Fortunately, with planning ahead I have not run into any major obstacles. The only downside is that pets are not welcome everywhere you’d like to go.
What are some tips you’d give to others interested in traveling with their pets?
Consult your vet. Ensure the destination is pet-friendly. Check the airline and hotel requirements. Try to keep your pet’s routine (feeding, playtime, breaks) on the same schedule as at home.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experiences?
Spending quality time with my dog and seeing him enjoy a new destination makes the extra bit of planning worth it.
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