The Cost of Travelling with Your Dog

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Man traveling with his dog looking at the sea from a mountain

Everyone loves a holiday, so why would your furry friend be any different? Taking your dog on holiday with you can be a stressful experience, but if being without them would ruin your trip, there are some ways you can explore new lands with your beloved dog.

Check out the cost of travelling with your dog below and start planning your adventure.

First Things First

Before you head off on your journey with your furry companion, make sure you know your dog well and have a good idea of his temperament and how he will react to be transported. Some breeds are naturally calmer, so knowing your dog is important.

It’s a good idea to go for a long walk before you set off to tire them out, and avoid giving them meals for a few hours before the big trip. Give them plenty of attention and be sure to keep them hydrated and happy to ensure smooth sailing!

Time for a Vet Visit

Before you take off on your holiday take your dog to the vet to get checked out. Make sure your dog has a clean bill of health before you travel, and they are up to date with their vaccinations.

a wire-haired dachshund getting a shot at the vet

Vaccinations can vary depending on where you are travelling, so have a chat with your dog’s vet to get the best advice. Don’t forget to bring their vet certificate and collar ID with you – most transport companies will want to check this before you board!

How Will You Travel?

There are a wide range of travel options options for pets, so you don’t have to compromise on your journey.

By Plane

First, check that your airline offers pet travel before you take off. Most airlines are happy for your furry friend to be checked in as cargo or checked baggage, travelling securely in the aircraft hold. This usually works out as one pet per passenger, at a cost of around $125 each way.

several dog crates at the airport waiting to be loaded on a plane

The hold is a climate controlled space where your pet will be safe and well looked after just underneath the main cabin or at the front or rear of the plane. Just like the cabin space, the air is pressurized, giving your dog a comfortable spot to sleep for the duration of the flight.

If you are going to travel by plane, make sure you have a container for them to call home during the trip. You can hire these from a number of reputable sources, or you can buy one if you are going to make multiple trips. Prices range from $50 – $100.

By Boat

Travelling by boat is slightly more expensive, with individual quotes available depending on your personal situation and the distance being travelled. Prices can start at around $800, so be sure to check the details and the fine print before you head out. Pricing is also dependent on breed, some of which are banned by some cruise companies. Check with your boat company for more personalized information.

By Coach

Most services allow a guide dog or assistance dog at no extra cost to you, but for a travel companion, pricing varies. This may also be up to the discretion of your driver, so it’s essential to check beforehand.

While They Are On-Board

You may not have access to your pet while you are travelling, so do the best you can to make sure they have a relaxing journey. Check they have enough water to last the trip, and that it is easily accessible.

It’s also a good idea to add a waterproof mat to their container in case of any spillage. You should also pack enough food to last them as well as any toys or comfort items to soothe them during the duration of the travel time. Be sure NOT to sedate your pet, and pack all relevant medication they might need while you are away.

Accommodation

Booking pet friendly accommodation is essential for a comfortable stay with your furry friend. There are many great websites that allow you to find pet friendly accommodation, such as Airbnb.

dog looking at treats in a pet friendly hotel room

The price of pet accommodation does not range much higher than normal accommodation, although you must be on the lookout beforehand.

When travelling with your furry friend, it pays to be prepared. It’s not impossible to travel with your dog, although planning ahead and finding the best possible way of transport and accommodation will make your trip a lot less stressful.


Liam BarrettContributor: Liam Barrett

Liam is an expat currently living in Sydney, Australia, originally from Idaho. When he’s not working online, you can find him exploring Australia and working on his photography skills. You can contact Liam on Instagram and through his blog greatlost.com.


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