Traveling with Pets: A Conversation with Rachel Charlupski

May 10, 2016

This month, we’re interviewing women from all over the world and asking them about their experiences traveling with their pets. We had the privilege of speaking with Rachel Charlupski about her experience 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?

When not traveling the world, I am working and hiring and training babysitters. Some places that I have traveled with my pet are Los Angeles, NYC, Northern Michigan. Northern Michigan was the best.

What was the process like for taking your pet on your travels? What did the destination require you to do?

Each airline has different policies. I called when I made the flight and it was usually a simple $150 fee.

What were the expenses associated with taking your pet on your travels?

About $150 each way. Besides that there weren’t more expenses but time and preparation, including ordering her dog food so that it arrived at each location.

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What sorts of obstacles, if any, did you run into?

A flight delay. This was frustrating because airports do not let you leave to relieve your pet.

What are some tips you’d give to others interested in traveling with their pets?

Plan ahead, get all of the information for your airline and make sure your pet will be comfortable with travel. If you have really restless pets, it may not be a good idea to bring them.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experiences?

It is a bad idea to give your dog water or food before a flight!

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