Don’t you absolutely hate the idea of vacationing without your furry pals? If you’ve been researching pet-friendly travel arrangements, know that the industry is fast catching on to the notion of accepting pets to boost tourism. With close to 78% of Americans traveling globally with four-legged friends, you can now purchase TSA-approved dog carriers, set up pet booster car seats specifically designed for extended drives, and book a dog-friendly vacation home. If you’re planning a getaway in 2022, here’s a quick look at how to organize your stay.
You’ll Research for Pet-Friendly Rentals
Scour websites like Airbnb, Sonder, Plum Guide, Homestay, and HouseTrip for listings of rentals that accept dogs and cats. You can use the filter that directs you to specify the number of adults, ages, and the number of pets you wish to bring along. Incidentally, Airbnb does not require you to add the pet separately, if you’re bringing an assistance animal. Homeowners who welcome pets typically use vacation rental software not just to advertise their property, but also to put down essential criteria. For instance, they may require that your pet is crate and house trained and travel adapted. Your rental owner may have additional questions that you’ll answer before confirming the booking.
You’ll Provide Certifications and Resumes
Most places may request to see the pet’s resume, along with a vaccination and health certificate carrying the signature of a veterinarian accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). If you’re traveling across the state line, do some research about the regulations of the city or location where you intend to vacation. Each state has its own rules, and airline companies may have their conditions for accepting pets on board. Bring copies of the vaccination certificates, and make sure your pet carries the rabies tag on their collar. You’ll also check for the expiry date and plan your trip accordingly. Health certificates are typically valid for 30 days only.
You’ll Check for Size and Weight Restrictions
Your rental landlord may have restrictions about the pets they accept. These criteria may include the size, weight, and breed of your furry buddy, and are designed to ensure that you have a comfortable stay. For instance, larger dog breeds may need a fenced-in yard to run around and play. If the rental does not have this provision, they may accept only smaller dogs. Then again, rental owners may have concerns about the aggressive nature of the breed and the possibility of damage to the property. Noise disturbances that the neighbors may protest against can also be an issue.
Getting Around the Rental Owner’s Reservations
You can reassure the rental homeowner by attaching digital copies of pet insurance and offering a pet deposit. The deposit sum is used as insurance against the possibility of property damages your furry pal might cause. Typically, the pet security deposit ranges from $10 to $25 per night or a flat fee of $75 to $100 to cover the entire duration of your stay. Most rental owners accept refundable deposit terms and will return the amount if your bud has been very well behaved all through the trip. As a responsible pet owner, invest in high-quality supplies for your bud to make sure you have a great stay together. For instance, a sturdy leather dog collar to prevent them from wandering away, toys to keep them busy and entertained, and lots of towels for covering up the furniture.
When you’re planning a vacation in 2022, take the time to find vacation rentals that accept pets and have a memorable getaway.