In the second week of May me and mom headed to Italy as her birthday present. The main destination was the hub of renaissance art Florence, but we made excursions to Cinque Terre and Pisa too, and spent two nights in Rome. What a week.
Here are some highlights. The week included lots of beautiful art, towers and of course gelato. I had my small travel cam with me, and oh what joy it brings that I don’t have to carry that heavy SLR of mine. Though I sometimes get frustrated because it’s not as good as my real camera, but as we ended up walking over 10 kilometres every day, the small and light travel camera was for sure the right choice to take along.
My blog posts are kind of rare nowadays, as work and all my other hobbies take up most of the time. So I’d like to post more about Italy later but I can’t promise anything. Another posting topics should be coming up later in the summer too, as I have already booked my next trip for the beginning of August… 😉
So how was it – traveling with man’s best friend? Well, I got to say I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think my chihuahua will be a world traveler anytime soon. 😀
I decided to list some pros and cons I discovered during our week in Stockholm. I guess the most important thing in traveling with your pet is that your pet is social and fine with the situations. But after this trip, I guess it all might be a bit too much for mine.
Let’s start with pros:
+ You won’t miss you your dog, because he’s with you!
+ You get different experiences when you have to think your trip the dog friendly way
+ It might be easier to get contact to locals as you have a dog as ice breaker
…And the cons:
-It’s stressful and more work: customs, vaccinations, dog might be stressed…? Even when you want to get a taxi you have to make sure dogs are allowed.
-Is the apartment/hotel/cabin dog friendly? You might have to start your vacation cleaning the place so your four legged friend won’t get anything suspicious to eat/chew!
-It costs more money: You might have to pay ticket for your dog too or get a vaccination/medication before/during the trip, like we did.
Also summer time would be better to travel with a dog – then you can just hang out outside too!
Being a dog owner will inevitably affect traveling. During the four years I have had my chihuahua, I’ve been able to travel because I know he’ll be in good care when I’m gone. It just needs more organizing. Always before booking flights or making plans, I have to make sure he will be taken care of. But of course it has also crossed my mind several times, that could I take my dog with?
While I was in South Africa my chihu got really sick, and I felt bad not being able to be with him. But would it have been better for him to be in a very different country, get through long stressful flights and be vulnerable to all the strange diseases and bacteria? I don’t think so. Not to mention that dogs can’t be taken to many places (museums, sights, some restaurants?), which brings more challenge to traveling. So combining traveling and pets isn’t easy, and it’s important to think all the pros and cons, what’s best for your pet? Because it should be always put first.
Anyway, I think that maybe some kind of trips with dogs could be done. And at it’s best I believe a holiday with a pet could be amazing. So next Friday, me and my dog U venture to our first trip abroad together – as far as Sweden. 😀 Sweden is close to Finland, easily accessible and I know Stockholm very well, that’s where we will spend a week. I’m only stressed about how will U react to traveling with a boat? With a private cabin it shouldn’t be too hard as long as the sea stays calm? Another thing is, that we have to visit the vet in Stockholm, to get the tapeworm treatment as Sweden has tapeworms and Finland doesn’t. I’m always nervous about how U will react to different medicine, but it shouldn’t be too dangerous, right?
Anyone here with experience on traveling with a dog? What should you take into consideration when traveling with a pet? Do you think it’s better to leave your dog at home or take him with you?
Tallinn and Stockholm are probably the most popular destinations for weekend getaways from Finland – close and easy. But for a change we decided to head to Poland, to Gdansk, for a long weekend with J. It’s surprisingly fast and cheap: Wizzair flies there from Turku in a bit over an hour. Flights + 3 nights in a hotel with breakfast was only 150 euros per person so the price tag isn’t bad either.
I’ve been in Gdansk once before, so I had seen the most important sights. Relaxing, eating good food and doing fun things were now on the top of my to-do-list. Poland is a cheap destination for a Finn so to get the most out of it, we decided to visit an Escape room – those are relatively expensive in Finland. Visit to the European Solidarity Centre made sure our hunger for culture was fulfilled.
Btw, I’m starting to think getting a mini-SLR was one of the best purchases I did last year! It’s so light, really saves energy and space when traveling. The pictures don’t turn out quite as good, but good enough – for holidays shots anyway! 🙂
Easiest way to get around South Africa is by car, but as we didn’t want to rent one, we had to figure other ways to move around. Luckily taxes are relatively cheap and one day we took a taxi to Boulder’s Beach (more about those penguins in a later post), Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
We visited Cape Point before Cape of Good Hope, and I must say that it was so impressive, that Cape of Good Hope didn’t feel like much after that. I don’t how to describe it, but the view was somehow magical. But don’t get me wrong, as a schoolchild I was intrigued by all the famous explorers, so it was also nice to see the Cape of Good Hope and stand by the seas even Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama have sailed.
Oh, and seeing Ostrich and Baboons is a nice plus when you visit the Cape. The pictures are in the order we visited the places, first Cape Point then Cape of Good Hope.