Traveling can feel like hitting the reset button, allowing you to unwind from your daily routine, explore new places, and make unforgettable memories.  But for many die-hard pet lovers, there’s one thing missing from our travels – our furry best friends.  Leaving your pup behind at home when you travel can be tough.  The next time you travel, you may want to reconsider and take them with you.

1. Makes Us Feel Safe

While traveling can give us a sense of adrenaline and adventure, encountering the unknown can make us feel unsafe.  For example, staying in the wilderness where wild creatures are lurking can be nerve-wracking.  Fortunately, a dog has a hyper-sensitive nose and ears to quickly detect danger.  Dogs are instinctively protective by nature – a trait bred into them over years of domestication.

If you have a service dog, you’ll want to bring them around on all trips, giving you an extra pair of eyes and ears at all times.  You may want to learn how to train your service dog properly, so they can detect oncoming danger, especially when strangers approach and alert you in advance.

2. Socialize With Others

If you’re shy and don’t like to make small talk with strangers, then pets can help you socialize with others.  Taking your pup with you on your travel adventures is a great way to meet other like-minded individuals.  Dogs are natural conversation starters and can help you break the ice with others, especially in a new place.  There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and beaches, which open the door to making new friends.

3. Save the Hassle of Finding a Sitter

Leaving your furry companion at home or with someone else can place a huge burden on a friend or family member’s shoulders.  They may feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re away for long periods.

For some animals, it can flare up anxiety, which can cause bad habits.  Some pets may have separation anxiety or boredom, which leads to destructive behaviors like chewing up a pillow or leaving accidents indoors.  If you usually pay for overnight boarding, you’ll save a lot of money, especially since it costs between $25 to $85 per night.  Sitters can cost more, depending on their experience level and where you live.

4. Increased Fitness

Dogs are active creatures that require exercise to stay happy and healthy.  Bringing your pup with you can motivate you to go off the beaten path and try new adventures like hiking trails or walks on the beach.  This helps you staying healthy while traveling, so you don’t completely forget about healthy habits.

5. Wrapping It Up

Traveling with a dog gives you unique bonding time you’ll never forget.  You don’t have to acquiesce to the needs of others. Instead, your furry buddy will follow you wherever you go.  If you’re planning your next trip, don’t leave your furry friend behind! Whether hiking a scenic trail or exploring an urban city, dogs can enrich your travel experience.