For most seniors, traveling is one of the biggest and most delightful perks of retiring.  They have all the budget and time to travel and explore the world. Although seniors are more than happy to have a family member or friend tag along, leaving their beloved dog or cat can quickly dampen all the enjoyment ahead.

Pets are a big part of a senior's life. They spent most of their time with them, from walking in the park to running numerous errands. Aside from being an excellent companion at home or senior facilities, pets are also a great travel buddy for elderlies. However, they require special considerations and a little planning is needed if a senior has his heart set on bringing his dog or cat along.  

A Trend Around the World

In the past years, as more businesses have taken notice that more and more travelers want to discover the world with their pets, they make the experience more enjoyable and simpler. In the United States and Japan,  dog cafes are becoming a popular trend, while you can find some of the most dog-friendly hotels in European countries. Seniors can even take advantage of loyalty reward schemes and discounts. Seniors traveling with pets can definitely have the time of their lives across the globe as plenty of establishments are welcoming cats and dogs with open arms.

How to Make Traveling with Your Pets Easier

  1. If you’re driving

    If you're planning to have a road trip with your pet, make sure he is secure for both of your safety. It is dangerous to have your pet climb on your laptop while driving no matter what your age is. There are some options to keep them secure such as crates, carriers, and even seat belt harnesses available in the market. Make sure you have a leash with you as dogs can slip out of an open car without you noticing.

    Furthermore, do not forget to make a few pit stops to reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Elderlies driving with their pets are recommended to stop every two to three hours for a stretch, snack, restroom break, and to have at least a 5-minute walk to take in the scenery. Do not forget to bring your pet’s favourite toy or blanket as well to make them feel more secure and comfortable.

  2. Pet-only planes

    If you want your pet to have the utmost travel experience, consider flying your precious pet on airlines that are for pets only. These airlines feature cabins that climate-controlled and come with crates. You will be rejoined with your pet at the participating airport's pet lounge.

  3. Plan ahead of time

    If you are used to planning your travel the old fashion way by using maps and books, but when it comes to planning a trip with your pet, you need to go online and do your research. The internet makes it fast and easy for you to find pet-friendly establishments such as hotels, dog parks, beaches, restaurants, and more. There are even campgrounds that offer free internet. You can also look for cafes where you can enjoy a snack with your cat or dog.

  4. Choosing your destination

    There are plenty of pet-friendly travel destinations available today that you and your furry companion will enjoy. No matter what your preferences and pet's needs are, you are sure to find something suitable for the both of you. When planning your next destination and itinerary, check to see if there are pet-friendly accommodations around, and how packed the place may be. Since you have more flexibility with your time, you may want to consider visiting these locations during the off-season when there are fewer tourists.

  5. Be organized

    Get your pet vaccinated before going on your trip. Consult your vet if your pet has never traveled before to see if there are health issues that need to be addressed right away. It's also a way to see if your pet will be able to handle the stress of the trip.

    Make sure you have your pet's documents and papers ready as well. Put an ID tag on your dog or cat's collar that has your name and contact details in case your pet gets lost. Do not forget to mark and pack your pet's medication separately from yours to avoid confusion with your medicines.

  6. Pet care

    If there's a tour in your itinerary that's not pet-friendly, you may want to contact your hotel accommodation to see if they have a pet sitter or pet care facility. If they don't have one available, ask if they have any recommendations to ensure that your pet is taken care of while you're enjoying your activity.

Why Should Seniors Travel with their Pets?

  • Health benefits. Having a pet keeps you healthy. They have numerous health benefits including reducing your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels, as well as feeling lonely. They also provide seniors with opportunities to socialize and exercise, helping them to stay active as they age.

  • Help reduce stress. Seniors, especially those who do not travel during their younger years, may find it hard to be away from home more stressful. Having your pet with your during your vacation can help lessen your anxiety.

  • They like to share love and affection. Most of the time, travel involves visiting family and relatives. There's no better way than to share your pet's love with your loved ones and strangers through your journey.