Tips for Traveling with your Pets

This morning’s travel tips come to you courtesy of Emily Sher at “Today” (5/12/15):

Four Papillon puppies in the suitcase, isolated on white background

With summer coming up, there’s no need to leave Fido at home. Conde Nast Traveler editor Mark Ellwood explains how to best travel with your pet. Plus, he names a few pet-friendly destinations you should consider for your next trip!

In the car:

Just like humans, feed them about three or four hours before the drive. Motion sickness isn’t just a human problem!

If you’re crossing state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination records just to ensure you have a copy on hand.

On the plane:

Different airlines have different rules when it comes to allowing pets in the cabin, so be sure to call ahead of time to find out.

Try to buy a carrier that takes up the least amount of space — and definitely don’t forget a luggage tag listing all of your information as well as any paperwork required.

There is one standout program when it comes to bringing pets on flights: JetBlue’s JetPaws offers members 300 points each time they board with their pets with a few additional conditions.

At the hotel:

Look for accommodations with pet perks, like Kimpton Hotel locations that accept all pets for zero charge, offer pet toys, beds, water bowls and even Doggy Happy Hours at a few select locations.

Some hotels give your pet the chance to stretch his or her legs with dog-walking routes or even on-campus dog runs like the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

For more helpful tips from the experts at North Shore Animal League America, visit

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Research Your Ports of Call in Advance

IMG_3367Your cruise ship will be visiting some exciting destinations, and it would be a terrible waste if you didn’t experience at least one of the best features about the island or city you’re docked at for a day or a few hours.

I’ve talked to some cruisers who just prefer to “wing it” – disembark and just stroll around, hit the most popular beach or visit the local watering hole. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes it’s a good thing to take a chance and learn by accident. Still, it’s a great idea to learn the basics of the place you’ll get a glimpse of – the history, culture and the 5 best things to see. An organized tour – whether a ship excursion or local taxi guide – can be the best way to experience a place in the short amount of time allowed in a port of call, especially if you’re a first-time visitor.

Perhaps the biggest reason for port research is learning about the transportation logistics. Some ports require a 1 or 2-hour drive to the nearest landmark, and you will want to get the lay of the land and learn how you’ll get from point A to point B. Figuring this out in advance of your trip will avoid loss of precious time seeing all you want to see.

Sometimes, just a simple walk through a village or town not frequented by tourists will be all you need a get a feel for the local culture and customs. Either way, armed with knowledge of your port city, you’ll be an informed traveler and won’t have regrets later.