November 1, 2014

Dog-Friendly Destinations an Option for Budget Travelers

Pet parents of furry canines often struggle when trying to affordably include Rover in the family vacation. While you can be willing to make all the accommodations in the world to meet the needs of your four-legged child, your efforts to travel with your dogs will be thwarted if the destination itself hasn’t embraced the inclusion of the animal kingdom at its tourist venues. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your next full-family, furry getaway. (See also: Ten of My Favorite Pet Hacks)

Community:

In Mount Dora, Florida, we met a couple at a wine tasting enjoying a glass of merlot while their Shar Pei tagged along. In this town, you can take Fido to lunch, stop by the pet bakery (we purchased several gourmet dog treats for less than $5) or take part in their monthly Paws for Mount Dora event where pet parents and their four-legged children collect stamps at various locations around town for a chance to win prizes.

Nature:

Remote cabins are a great way for families to have fun without having to leave Rover behind. At Eagle Island Lodge, off the coast of Georgia, weekday rates for parties of 3 – 12 start at five hundred dollars per night to have a private island all to yourselves, including boat transport. Split between three families of four, you’ll spend roughly the same amount as a basic business hotel plus doggie daycare.

Infrastructure:

Visitors to the St. Petersburg – Clearwater area of Florida have numerous venues to enjoy with Max, including a free off-leash dog beach at Fort DeSoto Park (complete with shower stations), and the complimentary, multi-acre Enterprise Dog Park with obstacle course, walking bridge, trotting trails and self-operated canine water stations.

Research:

Travel writer and dog owner Rori Paul recommends Gopetfriendly.com for pet travel made easy. The site offers searchable listings for dog parks, restaurants, activities and more for pet parents on the road, according to Paul.

Photo Credit: Trek Hound