Pet Travel in the 21st Century

With the advent of the global village, airconditioned cars and pet friendly hotels, the average pet may reasonably expect to get further than the local convenience store. The inclination to travel with a pet does however place a burden of responsibility on the owner and some planning is called for.Irrespective of how far you are going to travel with a pet, there are some basic requirements that you need to consider. Not all of these will apply to all journeys but the relevant ones should be addressed before departure.1) The comfort and safety of the animal during the trip.2) Feed and water requirements3) Environmental Temperature control within the mode of transport.4) Planned regular “comfort” stops for especially dogs if going by car5) How you will control the pet during routine stops/unplanned interruptions6) Relevant paperwork (vaccination certificates, permits etc) if crossing
any political boundaries.International pet travel involves crossing at least one international border and regardless of the method of transport, you need to be aware of some basic requirements that you need to adhere to.1). The country of destination determines the pet health requirements.You must therefore establish what these requirements are before you travel with your pet to another country. The requirements will almost
certainly include a variety of vaccinations against common diseases
and perhaps a veterinary health certificate. This certificate can only be issued by a qualified veterinarian after he/she has examined your pet.2). Quarantine measuresSome countries will insist that your pet spends some time in quarantine.
The purpose of quarantine is to allow the pet to be monitored and to
satisfy the authorities that your pet is not carrying any disease.Most countries have specifically designated quarantine facilities that are
registered with the Veterinary authorities. In other words, your pet cannot be held in quarantine just anywhere. In addition, you will be responsible for all boarding costs incurred during the quarantine period.3) Long distance travel requires some preparationInternational Pet travel may sound glamorous, but in reality it will be a stressful undertaking for the pet and as a responsible owner you need to do everything possible to minimise the level of stress.A thorough health check up and the provision of an approved and correctly labelled pet carrier is a good starting point.
Also, if your pet is going to be separated from you for the trip then
check out the credentials of the company that will be responsible
for your pets health, comfort and safety during the trip.

Does Cheap Air Travel Exist?

A large part of the cost of travel itineraries is the air fare. In real costs air fares have reduced. Competition among airlines has forced new business models and ways of providing the valuable service. A large part of each fare is the taxes, imposed by various countries – not much we can do about that in the short-term. Here are a few tips on getting better value from the airlines.International air travel participants are increasing, so one would think that there will be further down pressures on the price paid by consumers. We shall see.One of the first considerations when looking for low-cost airfares is to plan well ahead of time. Book early and lock in the price, especially if you are hoping to take part in a fixed date event. There is the counter argument that suggests last-minute bookings may give better value. This is only true if the airline has seats left to sell. If you wait too long, there may not be a place.Select travel times that are not in the peak period. Sometimes the sites are more interesting in autumn and spring. There are the same number of planes available during all seasons. So in peak seasons, the airlines can charge a higher price because people want to travel. In off-peak times reductions are likely as an incentive to travel.See your independent travel agent for help in finding cheaper flights. There are usually alternate ways of getting to a destination or a simple rearrangement of a holiday might save costs. Be open with your travel agent and give him or her all the information they need to help you well. Be careful with travel agents who link directly with airlines. Their offers may not include alternatives.Occasionally, airlines offer discounts through redeeming vouchers. Grab them if they suit your needs. They are emailed, in print media or social media. Sometimes it is good to join the airline’s mailing list!There are many airlines and each one has a business model. When comparing prices, look at the conditions. Many of the cheapest fares have a luggage restriction and an expensive cancellation policy. If you think that you might need to change your flight, consider a slightly more expensive option. Check layover times between flights. Some of the cheaper flights are very tightCheap air fares do exist but you have to look for them. International air travel saves time. It takes lot longer for a ship to cross the ocean! The competition for seats provided us with good value air travel.