Any vacation can put a dent in your bank account if you’re not careful, but traveling with your pet doesn’t have to. Actually, traveling with a pet will often save you money over leaving your pet at home, says Len Kain, cofounder of Dogfriendly.com. This is because kennels or pet sitters are hardly budget-friendly (often $30 to $60 per day or more).
Also, traveling with a pet may persuade you to do cheaper or free activities, such as walking along the river or bay, visiting outdoor museums or visiting walk-up restaurants. A pet makes it more difficult to attend a Broadway show or a very expensive restaurant. Find out how to keep costs down while you and your pet hit the road.
Use Your Own Car
If You do Have to Fly, Get Frequent-Flyer Miles for Bringing Your Pet
Find a Hotel With No or Low Fees for Pets
Don’t Stay at a Hotel at All
“A great alternative for many families with pets is a vacation rental, condo, or cabin,” says Kim Salerno of Tripswithpets.com. “These properties tend to have lower weekly rates, and it can be more like a ‘home away from home’ for you and your pet.” Search for the right spot at Vacation Rentals By Owner.
If you and your pet are more the outdoor types, consider camping or renting an RV. “Most campgrounds are pet friendly and it affords a great opportunity to travel with larger dogs,” says Smith. Find listings for pet-friendly campgrounds at Dogfriendly.com or Campingpet.com.
No Matter how you Travel, Bring the Right Stuff
Sue Smith reminds pet owners to make sure their crates and carry-ons are airline-approved: “If your crate or carrier is not airline-compliant, you will have to purchase a carrier from the airline, and this can be very costly.
And pack some of Fido’s favorite food. “It will be less costly than trying to find your pet’s brand and will avoid stomach upset for the pet by adjusting to a new food,” she says. For great travel gear, click here.