By Air: Petfinder released their 2011 list of pet-friendly airlines, including Pet Airways, JetBlue, Frontier, and WestJet. Unfortunately, it looks like one of the more popular airlines - Pet Airways - is struggling with some challenges, so be sure to plan ahead and prepare for unexpected changes to plan.
By Sea: A number of pet-friendly cruises let both of you enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze.
By Land: Amtrak still has a no-pet policy, but there is always the good ol' road trip... Shotgun!
And what happens when you arrive at your destination? Search for lodging through sites like Trips with Pets, Pets Welcome, Bring Fido, and others...
But don't flatter yourself, not all pets want to travel with you. I'm pretty sure there was a large group of dogs begging for a vacation of their own, spurring the launch of a new service called DogVacay. Started about a month ago and likened to Airbnb, DogVacay is free to join and offers an easy way to search for dog-sitters. Seems like a good alternative to boarding or relying on family and friends - and offers dogs plenty of companionship and play time while you're away!
What are you planning on doing with your pets? Let us know if you have any recommendations or tips of your own.
Contributed by Leslie. Leslie is a volunteer who, strangely enough, has no pets. She fills that void by spending time with the adoptable cats at Ollie's Place and helping them find forever homes.