If you’ve ever tried to take your dog on holiday then you’ll know just how difficult it can be. Whether it’s a hotel, pub or self-catering property, the vast majority refuse you let you take your pet along.
Most, yes. But not all.
As it turns out, when you know where to look there are all manner of dog-friendly destinations. We decided to crawl the internet, check through our bookmarks and speak to our pet-loving friends to come up with a list of resources.
Pets Welcome – http://www.petswelcome.com
Pets Welcome focuses mainly on the US market and offers all manner of geographical resources. They offer all manner of lodgings such as hotels, cottages and camping grounds. Canadian and International listings. What we particularly liked was their route planner. By entering in your start and end point, the Pets Welcome site will show you all manner of safe stopping-off points and pet-safe hotels to make a longer road trip an entirely reasonable venture.
Bring Fido – http://www.bringfido.com/
Bring Fido is one of the most popular sites around for pet friendly travel. They don’t just provide information on places to stay with your pet but also feature all manner of other resources. For example on Bring Fido you’ll find listings of groomers, off-leash parks and dog-friendly beaches. Basically, if you’re planning on travelling – or moving – with your dog you’ll find all manner of useful tips and resources here.
Dog Friendly Britain – http://www.dogfriendlybritain.co.uk/
Whilst most of the more popular sites for pet travel are US-based, here’s a British jewel that we found. Being based in the UK, it arguably offers one of the broadest range of dog friendly hotels, holiday parks and pubs
Go Pet Friendly – http://www.gopetfriendly.com/
Go Pet Friendly boasts an astonishing 60,000 pet friendly locations which are fully searchable. What we particularly liked about the Go Pet Friendly (besides its beautiful design!) is that besides the standard hotels and campgrounds it also includes restaurants. Clearly, if you’re heading off on holiday for an extended period of time, it makes perfect sense to see where you can eat – yet where your pet will be welcome.
The Good Dog Guide – http://www.thegooddogguide.com/
The Good Dog Guide bills itself as the “UK’s dog friendly community website” and this is a perfect description. If you’re looking for any kind of pet-related resource in the UK then you’ll probably find it here; from doggy day care centres to dog shows, portrait artists and trainers.
Holidaying With Dogs – http://www.holidayingwithdogs.com.au/
So far we’ve mentioned all manner of UK and US-based pet friendly travel sites but one country conspicuous by its omission is Australia. Fortunately the exceptional Holidaying With Dogs site has a fantastic range of dog-friendly places to stay around Australia. For ease, they also publish a handy book each year with all their properties listed.