If you’re planning on taking your pet abroad with you this summer then start your research now – travelling with animals can be a stressful process, and you don’t want to leave anything to the last minute! It’s worth bearing in mind that your holiday plans might need to be quite low-key if you have a pet with you, as you probably won’t be able to leave them in the hotel while you go out at night, but if you’re a big fan of walking and exploring, it’s incredibly rewarding to have your furry friend with you as well. Check DEFRA’s advice on the medical requirements you need to carry out, and ensure you have pet insurance arranged with a reputable provider such as Pets at Home. To help you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to visit with your pet, to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.
From the UK, France is incredibly easy to get to – whether you prefer to go by plane, ferry or via the Eurotunnel, you can choose whichever you feel will be most comfortable for your pet.
France is well known for its camping holidays, as well as its proximity to other countries in the EU, making it the ideal destination for those who want to explore over land.
Ghent, Belgium’s beautiful capital city, is one of the most pet-friendly destinations in Europe – it was the first city to establish a police dog force, and even has pet water troughs scattered around for those visiting the area. It’s a beautifully picturesque city, where you can walk along the river bank or enjoy a coffee in one of the many street cafés found around the central square.
Switzerland is particularly fond of small dogs, but any small pet is fine and, in fact, able to travel on trains around the country. If your pet is in a carrier, it’s free, but if it’s too big you’ll need to pay for a half-price ticket. With plenty of delicious foods and attractive cities, Switzerland is a real delight to explore, and the pet-friendly culture will ensure you’re welcome in many of the shops and restaurants.
The ultimate walking destination, Tenerife is perfect if you want to soak up some sun and enjoy the island life this summer. With beautiful hiking trails and stunning beaches, you’ll be more than happy to spend your days outside, and while the nightlife might be a bit much for your pets, the gentle café culture is more than worth discovering.
If all else fails, simply stay in the UK and head out on an adventure in the English countryside. There are a number of hostels around where you can meet new people, and your pets will love all of the extra space. The Lake District is our favourite, boasting beautiful views and amazing wildlife.