Should You Bring Your Dog When You Travel?

There are many advantages to owning a dog, like improved happiness and health. But many people see dogs as an obvious impediment to travel plans. Dog owners stay home more often, and may feel like travel is out of reach. Other pets can be easier to leave behind.

The truth is, there are extra costs involved, whether you bring your pup along or hire a pet-sitter. That’s one of the reasons many people put off pet ownership until they’re financially stable and settled. However, you shouldn’t feel limited just because you own a dog. Travel can be good for both of you, even if it involves time apart.

Traveling With a Pet

You may have heard horror stories of airlines mishandling dogs in cargo bays. Because airlines tend to treat pets more like luggage than living creatures, cargo holds can indeed be dangerous. They may be too hot or too cold, and airlines don’t always take appropriate precautions to ensure your pet’s safety. And airline insurance compensation for injury or death of a pet is deeply inadequate.

So if you’re considering taking your pet along on a flight, do your research. Find out what size and breed restrictions are placed on dogs traveling in the cabin, and how the airline handles pets in cargo holds. If you’re traveling in extreme temperatures, remember that dogs may also be held on the tarmac for extended periods and can face danger there.

In the US, anyone with a mental or physical disability can bring a service animal or emotional support animal into the flight cabin (per the Amended Air Carrier Access Act), so you should know your rights and ask for an exception if you have a disability. You may need a medical letter of recommendation for verification.

Better yet, hit the road. Dogs love car trips, and even a long stretch can be covered by land (or sea–some boats, like ferries, frequently permit leashed dogs). If you’re hiking, backpacking, or planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, your dog will be thrilled to come along.

Pet travel guides can help you find affordable pet-friendly accommodation, activities, restaurants, and more. You can also hire a pet-sitter to provide doggy daycare at your destination, if you have obligations where your pup won’t be permitted to tag along.

Finding a Caregiver

Many dog owners prefer not to leave their pets in kennels, which can be crowded and offer little one-on-one stimulation. Plus, kennels often turn away certain breeds, or temperamental dogs–and can be terrifying for dogs with separation anxiety. What other options are you left with?

Every dog owner should have one or more trusted caregivers they can call for help. Even if you don’t travel often, it’s best to have a plan in place with someone who knows your dog and your home. You can find vetted, experienced pet-sitters through Rover.com, which also insures the stay and processes payments.

Be aware of any unique needs your dog has, and look for sitters who are experienced, adaptable, and friendly. When you do your Meet & Greet, observe them carefully with your pet. Does your dog seem comfortable? Can they handle your puppy’s high-energy antics, or nourish your older dog’s mellow spirit? Your sitter should be able to communicate clearly with you and with your dog.

Staying with a pet-sitter can often feel like a mini-vacation, and if you find the right fit, your pup will soon have a home-away-from-home.

Whether you bring your dog on your next trip or find an amazing Rover sitter, consider changing it up next time. Who says your dog won’t enjoy a road trip to your family reunion? And if you’ve always been inseparable from your canine companion, why not look for a caregiver for your next short trip instead? Travel can give you both a wonderful change of pace. And whatever you choose this time around, you can always experiment in the future.

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Travel round India worries free

Traveling thru any country can be mind-blasting experience, especially if you got time and money, and I mean a lot of money, particularly if you want to see India, or at least parts of India, because it is a huge country. When I say huge, I mean the 7-th largest country in the world and a country with a history dating 30,000 years in the past. Normally, the best way to travel round India would be by car or using ground public transport, that being if you have a lot of time, at least a year. As we all don’t have that much time, maybe the best option is to plan a trip to few cities, and use air transport, saving time, and surprisingly money. The option to travel by air we researched was by spicejet flight booking.

If you are traveling on budget, and expecting a comfortable and fast boarding and an array of destinations, this is a nice choice. When booking use the usual tactics, choose your departure city, choose your destination, find the best price, and voilà.

You can check in online, 48 hours prior to boarding, print it and you’re set to go. Don’t worry; you don’t have to think of snacks and sandwiches during your flight, you can pre-order a hot meal, from a variety of menus, vegan, vegetarian or regular. Baggage policy is same as everywhere, free carry-on bag, and a checked baggage up to 20 kg, for a nominal fee of course. And you don’t have to bother waiting in front of the gate, there are lounges on all the main airports. What differs from many other companies is the free privilege to choose your seat when using the “SpiceFlex” class, and with it you can make free changes to your booking as well. Other fine options are also complementary water, sale of alcoholic beverages, and many other options to make your flight as pleasant as one can be. Still, bear in mind that it is a low-budget company, so leg room is approximately as the price you will pay, so if you are as tall as I am, better choose a large space seat, pay it, it’s worth it.

Now you are set to go, you got the means, and now you need to see WHERE TO GO! This question has no simple answer; as a matter of fact it has tons of answers. Think of India as a small planet, with all the seasons happening at once on different locations, and it is impossible to see all of India in one trip, even if you spend a year trying, believe it, impossible. So, here are few trip hints to make you decide easier:

Classic – Try the most popular India tour called the Golden Triangle, featuring a visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visiting Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort in Delhi, then heading to Agra and visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, and finish with Jaipur and the Pink City and the fort at Amber.

Beaches – the south of India has many of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if this is what you are after, you won’t be sorry. Of course you have to visit Goa beach, than the Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty beach where you’ll try bhelpuri (puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce), than the black sand beaches of Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala. Normally you would want to miss the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar in Kashmir, rent a water cabin and enjoy the wonderful mountains hiding in the morning mist.

Spiritual – if you are on a spiritual journey, or you just like visiting temples, in India you find plenty, there is a temple almost everywhere, in every town, village or habitat. But, the most glorious temples are settled in north and central India. Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the edifices of Khajuraho, the Sun Temple in Konark, then go south and visit the gopuram towers covered with statues, and the uniquely decorated temple caves at Ajanta and Ellora. With this few suggestions bear in mind that we have only scratched the surface, the choices are many, much many more!

– Hinging and trekking – not much need to be said when it comes to this subject, after all, we are taking of the mother country of the Himalayas. If you are up to this, then visiting some hiking club would be a better idea, because you can choose from high mountain tops, to water rafting, skiing and many more. The destinations range from the Kullu Valley to the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar hand. Do this ideally in September or October, after the monsoon.

– Wildlife enthusiasts – again, a horde of choices, just find what you want to see most. There are national reserves all over India, wild elephants in Wayanad and Kerala, tigers in Madhya Pradesh, lions in Sasan Gir and rhinos in Assam. Still just scratching the surface, the option to travel and see wildlife is huge!

Just find your trigger, book in time, have nice flight, and enjoy India!

Merken

3 Things You Shouldn’t Forget When Going Fishing With Your Husband

Whether you’re into angling as well, or you’re just looking forward to your next fishing trip with your special someone, the fact is that you can’t leave home without putting together a list of things you should take with you. Let’s forget about the actual gear and tackle that anglers use regularly and that they make sure to pack whenever a fishing opportunity arises.

 

To make the most of your angling adventure, we’ve put together a list of three things you should never leave behind.

  • Safety-related items

If you intend to go boat fishing, you need to make sure that you have two things with you. One of them is a first-aid kit and the other is a marine fire extinguisher. Most people will be surprised, but the incidence of fires on boats is rather high, which is ironic in a way given that boats are surrounded by so much water. Nonetheless, fire extinguishers for marine use have special substances in them that can put out a fire way faster than water ever could.

As for first-aid kits, their presence on the boat is self-explanatory. Even when fly fishing, you need to ensure that you and your hubby’s skin is protected at all times, which is why we recommend keeping some sunscreen at hand. If you’re going fishing with the kids, make sure to bring along personal floatation devices or life vests for them.

  • Proper clothing

While some rookies might argue that there’s little to no point in investing in quality fishing clothes, this issue is still debatable. Sure, some things like fishing t-shirts might make little to no sense as they do not come with a good deal of pockets to store your gear in. However, a fishing vest or jacket can mean the world to an angler who wants to know that all the tackle is easily reachable.

If you want to stay close to your partner and assist him or her in their fishing endeavors, perhaps you need a pair of nice-looking fishing waders for women. These can be waist or chest-high, made from neoprene or rubber, and might come with integrated boots or not. Some fishers tend to think that those models made specifically for women have to be pink or brightly colored, but we’ve seen that the design matters less when it comes to getting a functional wader.

Hats and sunglasses are great, as well, especially if you’re going to spend a whole day under the sun.

  • Food and water

If you plan to spend a whole day on the water, it stands to reason that you should be properly hydrated and have enough nourishment with you. The least you could bring along is some beef jerky, chopped carrots, sunflower seeds, sandwiches, chips, or just some light snacks that can withstand the heat. In a worst case scenario, if you’re left with no water, we recommend getting a filter like LifeStraw, which is basically a portable bottle that can filter water from any potable source. Stream and river fishers are going to love this product, without a doubt.

Merken

Smart Travel Packing Will Make Holiday Pleasurable

The checklist to put stuffs to the bag for smart travel packing i.e. clothes to pack which is need to separated with toiletries, cosmetics, documents, gadgets, etc.

smart travel packing Smart travel packing is very important in a holiday. Best destination and best attraction will make great holiday memory but your bad packing could ruin it. When you miss one essential thing or more, you will find trouble after you arrive at the destination because no one sells it there, yet you need it so much. On the other hand, if you pack too much things, you will have problem even before you leave your town. Too much luggage will cost you much and the airline may not allow you to take some stuffs. Although you can pass the airline, too much things to carry would be troublesome. Then, although you have everything packed, and it is not too much, wrong packing could break the stuffs. Unorganized packing is another problem because it will make you hard to find things and you will waste your valuable time just to find them.
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