Are you trying to plan a vacation for you and your pet?
For many of us, our pets are an important part of our family. But, when it's time to hit the road, it can be difficult to find a place that welcomes both you and your pet.
Not only might you face a challenge when looking for pet-friendly accommodations, but even many hotels claiming to accept four-legged visitors impose strict restrictions and hard-to-follow pet policies.
If you're trying to find a place to stay while on vacation with your pet, there are a few things that you should know to make sure that your experience is enjoyable for you both.
Luckily, Myrtle Beach visitors can find all the information they need on a handy all-in-one site.
Read on to learn how to find the best pet-friendly vacation rentals when traveling to Myrtle Beach, or anywhere you go with your pet in tow!
When booking your stay, it's important that you find out as much as you can about their pet-policy prior to arrival.
You would probably be surprised to find out how many so-called "pet-friendly vacation rentals" that allow pets make an obvious distinction in the treatment of guests with pets. Many pet owners have found that just because a destination allows pets, doesn't mean that they actually welcome them.
If you end up booking your stay, only to realize upon arrival there are impossible expectations attached, you may find yourself in a stressful situation.
Under extreme circumstances, it could ruin your trip and might even compel you to relocate or cut your vacation short. After all, what fun is a vacation if you can't relax?
Instead, know the truth about pet-friendly vacation rentals before you go. Follow these tips for finding pet-friendly vacation rentals to guarantee happy trails and wagging tails.
Begin your search by identifying which hotels accept travelers with pets. You might find that this eliminates many of your choices in some areas.
However, most often you will find that today's accommodations, including many boutique hotels, chain hoteliers, and even a wide selection of bed and breakfasts, will claim to permit pets to stay with their guests.
Make sure you read the rental policies carefully to discern the details surrounding your stay. This can help you avoid any surprises in the future and ensure that your visit is an enjoyable and relaxed one for both you and your furry friends.
Granted, most often these "interviews" will take place over the phone. But, you can still find out a lot about the true nature of pet-friendly vacation rentals in a telephone conversation.
Equip yourself with a list of questions to ask when calling the choices that you've listed.
The following are some of the questions you might include:
Are there any pet fees that I will be responsible for in addition to the cost of my room?
What are your policies regarding leaving pets unattended in the room?
How many pets is each guest allowed to bring?
Are there any breed, age, or vaccination restrictions or requirements that I will be expected to follow?
What's your policy regarding barking?
Can you accommodate special requests for pet-owners?
Does your hotel offer any incentives for pet-owners or added pet-perks (doggie treats, pet day-care, dog-walking services, etc.)
Are there any rules I should know to make our stay more pleasant?
What do I need to bring?
What's the arrival and check out procedure when traveling with pets?
You may have additional questions to add to this list as well.
Before you call, grab a notebook and pen to record the answers to your questions as well as any pertinent information that might be mentioned in your conversation.
Take note of the hotel or rental management employee's tone of voice when you mention your pet. Notice if their voice tends to lose some of its friendliness or if there is a change in their attitude once they find out that you will be bringing along a furry or feathered companion.
Some management personnel enthusiastically welcome pets, while others simply tolerate them. And, sometimes the staff might even resent your pet's presence.
If you're headed to Myrtle Beach, you can contact us directly to have your questions answered.
When traveling with your furry family members, here are a few tips that can make your trip easier on them:
Stop for bathroom breaks and exercise along the way
Bring snacks and a portable water bowl to use at rest stops
Pack their favorite blanket or toy for the car ride
If you leave them, leave a shirt or blanket with your scent to ease anxiety
Bring along chew toys for them to have in the room so they're less likely to chew on other things
In an unfamiliar place, don't leave them alone for very long
If you are going to be out for more than a couple of hours, ask if there is any staff available to feed them or take them out for a walk (this might incur a small fee, but your pup will thank you!)
When traveling with your pet, you can increase your chances of having a stress-free, enjoyable trip by doing your homework prior to your stay.
For more great vacation tips for pet-owners, check out our blog!