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?
You can follow U’s adventures on his Instagram account.
…Before they even really began. I’m stunned how quickly everything turned out to be ok, how fast I’m a worker again.
I was prepared for the endless days of filling job applications, getting used to the idea of being rejected all the time, counting my money and figuring cheap recipes I could try, thinking about thousands of ways I could spend my time during the long days of nothing to do, and how those days would turn into months. But I guess I got something right in my applications and before I really even had the time to think of all of that, here I am, with a new job starting tomorrow! And not just any job, a job in an international, huge company that I have always hoped would be part of my career path. I can’t be anything else than thankful and happy right now. Hope it will be as much fun as I have imagined it will!
And one lucky chihuahua will get his daily routine back too, naps without stupid human disturbing! 😉