Traveling, as it is, is great. What’s not to like about spending time exploring new cultures, stunning landscapes and architectural wonders? But there’s something that can make your travels that much more rewarding. Bringing your dog with you to experience all these amazing things! There are so many reasons why your dog can make wonderful travel memories that you might never have thought of before. If you’re wondering what exactly these compelling reasons are to travel together, well you’ve come to the right place, because we’re obsessed with dog travel. Here are just a few of the top reasons why we love traveling with our canine companions—and why you will too!
1. They Help to Ease Flight Anxiety
If you are someone who feels sick with dread at the thought of stepping onto a plane, we get it. Flight anxiety is a heavy thing to deal with and can really affect your travel experience, even to the point of limiting the destinations you can travel to. One excellent reason why traveling with a dog is a good idea is that they can help you to overcome your anxiety about flying, naturally. With approval from your doctor, you could be eligible to make your dog your emotional support animal, which means that you are able to take them aboard as a soothing presence if you struggle with the thought of flying.
2. They Can Act as a Source of Protection in the Wilderness and Remote Areas
Another practical aspect to bringing your dog with you when camping, traveling or driving through remote areas is the security that they can provide. Dogs are great at putting off wildlife (or even unwanted attention) when you are in isolated areas, not to mention they can also give you peace of mind if you’re traveling solo.
3. They Help You to Make New Friends Everywhere You Go!
It’s no secret that dogs are the ultimate extroverts, ready to socialize with pretty much anyone, anytime, no matter whether they’re dog or human! So, a huge bonus of traveling with a dog is that you are likely to attract new friends wherever you go. You may find that people are more likely to approach you for a chat, and that you make more new friends than you would otherwise. This can also be great for those with social anxiety, as dogs provide a ‘buffer’ that can take the focus of yourself when socializing, making it easier to connect with others, by easing the effects of social anxiety disorder (SAD).
4. They Encourage You to Get Out into the Great Outdoors
When you have a dog by your side, you’ve got no choice but to get out there and explore everything on offer. Dogs will not abide by a holiday spent sitting lazily by the pool, so if you’re keen on an active, adventurous travel partner, then bring your dog! Whether you go hiking, exploring beaches, traversing ancient monuments or discovering new foods, your dog is an excellent motivator to help you make the most of your destination.
5. You’ll Never Be Alone When You Solo Travel…With a Dog
Some of us love to solo travel, but find that there are certain downsides to this freeing form of voyage. If you want to mix your solo travel up a bit, why not try traveling with your pup for a different experience? Traveling with a pet can help the loneliness that can occasionally strike when you are traveling by yourself, and as mentioned above they can also provide a level of security.
6. Dog Selfies are the Cutest Ever
Okay, this is obviously the most important reason to travel with your dog, period. I mean have you ever seen travel dog selfies? Do yourself a favor and Google that, right now. Uh huh. Making special memories with your best bud while traveling is super satisfying, and having the adorable dog selfies that document these are something you need in your life!
A Note on Responsible Dog Travel
There are hundreds of wonderful reasons to travel with your dog, but remember, with great power comes great responsibility. As a traveling dog owner, it’s up to you to keep the reputation of all us sterling, by traveling responsibly. As an owner, it’s your job to ensure that you do your due research to make sure that you only travel in areas where your dog is permitted, and that you clean up after your dog. Some simple dog parent courtesy is all it takes to ensure we can all continue to travel with our pets and have all the fun with them.
If you’re a dog lover then traveling with your Fido could be the best decision you ever make. For the reasons above, and a plethora of others, traveling with a pet can bring a whole raft of positive changes to your travels. So why not take your furry friend on your next trip—we promise you won’t regret it!