Beat the Post Holiday Blues

LIVE IT UP LOCALLY

It might not be Paris, but chances are there are some awesome things to do in your own corner of the world. Do them! Pretend you’re a tourist in your own town. I did this once in my uni days with a couple of friends and we had a blast (especially at the outdoor maze, which we visited after the locally winery). We even sent another friend a postcard (OK, that might have been after the winery too… ). At the very least, do the holiday-type things that you can do anywhere: eat out more (if your post-holiday budget will stretch that far do it at restaurants, if not, go picnicking in the park), sleep in or have an afternoon nap (you might need to save that for the weekend), be romantic, get icecream, find places you’ve never been and explore them.

DO SOME PSEUDO-TRAVEL

It’s not quite the same as being there yourself, but keeping the reminders coming of the big wide world out there can go a long way to scratching your travel itch on a day-to-day basis. Sign up to a great travel blog (cough cough), follow some inspiring Instagram blogs (ahem), and surround yourself with wanderlustworthy mementos (you know where!).

GET BUSY

I don’t know about you, but we usually spend a fair bit of time on our holidays doing big picture thinking – talking about all the stuff we want to do more of in our everyday and projects we’d love to get underway. Sinking your teeth into some of that stuff and actually getting it in play is a great way to feel good about being home again.

DETOX

The experts say that feeling healthy improves your state of mind. So eat well, get enough sleep, drink more water and less booze. There’s plenty of theories that suggest a clean, decluttered environment at home and work can ease your mind too. Sounds great – unless that involves getting home and pulling out the Gumption. That doesn’t sound fun at all.

YOU THINK, THEREFORE YOU ARE

This strategy involves thinking positive thoughts and being grateful and counting your blessings and looking for the silver lining in being back at work. Sure.

RELIVE THE MEMORIES

My mum is a big fan of this strategy. Within days of being back, she has commenced putting together a photo book of the trip. She loves poring over the photos she took and capturing the details of where they went and what they loved, and then sharing it with everyone from her workmates down to the postman. I, on the other hand, am still meaning to get together the highlights of every trip since 2007. I do have a marvellous time sharing my favourite pics from trips gone by with the world though. Horses for courses.

PHONE A FRIEND

As previously mentioned, this is a strategy Aimee and I are experts at. Find a friend who loves to travel as much as you do, open a bottle of wine, and share the intermingled joys and tragedies of being forever smitten by travel.

PLAN THE NEXT ONE

This is a tried and true treatment recommended by all wanderlusters. There is no post-holiday salve quite like knowing when your next trip will be, or even better, having it booked. And if that’s not quite achievable, it’s never too early to start scoping out your options. After all, the anticipation is half the fun!

Some Places to Visit While in Kenya

Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park.

The marine park is located in the southern Kenyan coast near Shimoni in Kwale County. Here in the marine park, the marine life is plenty. Including Humpback whales, rays, scorpion fish, pufferfish, angelfish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and sea turtles. There is also a permit to sea dive and feel the experience yourself. Inside the park, there are four small islands covered by coral reefs. The park is located near an impressive five-star coastal hotel. The Alibaba. The hotel provides administrative tourist first class services as well as stunning, awesome beaches to relax on during the day.

The Nairobi National Park

Did you know Nairobi is the only city in the world hosting a National park within it? It is just a short drive out of the CBD. Would want to have an epic experience while in town? Then do not forget about Nairobi National Park. It is located just adjacent to the safari walk. There is a fainted sight of the city’s sky scrapper while in the open grasslands plains of the park. How amazing is that? It also hosts some animals like the endangered species black rhino, lions buffaloes, and giraffes. Accommodation is available in the city’s CBD. Top five-star hotels in the city include Sarova Stanley, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Norfolk Hotel among others.

Tsavo Game National Park

This is one of the oldest National Parks in Kenya. The place used to inhabit the man-eating lions during the colonial era. The Indians building the Mombasa – Nairobi railway would vanish one by one. But all the lions were captured and killed no need to worry. The place has a dark past, and that is what fascinates people. It is still one of the most visited parks in Africa. It is located right after Makindu town. About 300 kilometers from Nairobi Town

North Eastern Tanzania

Many factors contributed to the popularity of this marvelous region commonly explored by large numbers of tourists who spend their vacations in Tanzania. Travelers can access the area easily, as travelers may use a car or a bus ride to easily reach the whole region for half a day from Dar El Salam, the capital of Tanzania. This is in addition to a large network of roads and local routs that are in good conditions.

Travelers who tour Tanzania would enjoy a non-crowded ambience as the area has a wide surface area to accommodate any number of visitors.Guests would also enjoy some magnificent beaches and other natural wonders in the inland section of the region.

Among the most famous activities for tourists who travel to Tanzania to carry out in the North Eastern section of the country is to visit the ancient historical sites of Kaole, Tongoni, or visit the city of Bagamoyo. This is in addition to the amazing sandy beaches of around the area of Saadani.

The area also hosts the only seaside national park in the country that welcomes hundreds of tourists who travel to Tanzania. Travelers can also explore the Mkomazi Game Reserve for some super fun.

One of the important towns of the Northeastern section of Tanzania is Bagamoyo. During the 19th and early 20th century, the port of the city was one of the most transit points of the trading caravans from Lake Tanganyika with the commercial sections located on the shores of the sea. The commodities traded included ivory, slaves, salt, some spices, and many other products.

Bagamoyo at the end of the 19th century hosted one of the largest shelters for ransomed slaves in Eastern Africa, the Freedom Village that was established by the French missionaries. In fact the town worked an important transit point for missionaries from different sections of Europe.

From 1887 till 1891, Bagamoyo became the capital of the German colony in Eastern Africa. The city as well witnessed the first real uprising of the Africans against the Western colonization in 1891. This was the major reason for transferring the capital from Bagamoyo to Dar El Salam in the same year. Today many Europeans visit the city as part of their holidays in Tanzania.

Today, Bagamoyo is famous for its German style architecture like the German Boma and the Liku House that was the headquarter of the German authorities in the city. Tourists who travel to Tanzania may still explore the remains of these impressive constructions.

Adventures on the Beach

My husband and I drive to the beach which is only ten minutes from our home, two or three times a week after dinner when the sun is low on the horizon and a delightful breeze keeps us cool. We take a long walk along the water’s edge and then I swim while my husband watches the setting sun from a beach chair. I usually join him in time to watch the sun disappear on the horizon and the sky fill with a spectacular panorama of colors.

We do go to the beach in the winter but just for walks since the water is cold, the surf is high and the beaches are crowded. During a walk last winter, we passed a family who looked as if they had been there most of the afternoon; two large umbrellas firmly entrenched in the sand, several blankets and an ice chest spread around them. But what caught my eye was a young girl kneeling in front of a cormorant only a few feet from the family. The bird had its wings down and wasn’t moving as the girl inched closer. This was not normal behavior.

We walked on but I kept worrying about the cormorant. When we walked past the group on the way back, the family was still there and so was the bird. I asked them how long the cormorant had been there. For a couple of hours, they said. Initially, the bird had spread its wings to dry them, then it closed its wings and hadn’t moved since. I walked through the dry sand and knelt a few feet from the bird. It blinked its eyes at me but didn’t move. It appeared to be a young cormorant and something was obviously wrong. I pulled out my phone and searched for the number of the bird rescue that was located on the Island. After leaving information about the bird and directions to this spot on the beach on the message service, we left but I was tempted to stay and be certain the bird was cared for.

When we resumed our walk, my husband reminded me (again) of my first attempted bird rescue shortly after we moved to this area. We were walking on the beach when we passed a shore bird standing on one foot. I, of course, worried that something was wrong with the bird’s other foot and walked around looking for a cell phone to borrow so I could call the bird rescue (I had left mine at home). Then we walked a bit further and came upon several more birds also standing on one foot. When we got home, I looked up ‘Florida birds that stand on one leg’ and found dozens of photos of birds in this position. My husband will never let me forget this one!

I actually did participate in a bird rescue not too long after we moved here. I was writing stories for a local paper and had the opportunity to accompany a couple, Donna and Bob, who ran a bird sanctuary and responded to calls about birds in peril. They took me with them to a marina where someone had reported sighting a young pelican that appeared to be tangled in some fishing line, a much too common occurrence for shore birds. We walked to the main dock and Donna, who was only about five feet tall and close to my age, began throwing handfuls of bait fish across the dock from a pail she was carrying. About twenty pelicans flew in to pick up the fish, most of them mature birds but also a few youths identifiable by their brown feathers.

“There he is,” Bob shouted.

“I see him,” Donna answered.

And then I saw him, a young brown pelican nibbling at the food, a three foot piece of fishing line hanging under his wing. Donna put the bucket down and dove across the dock for the bird, grabbing him in a firm hold across her lap, demonstrating an expertise that came from long practice. While she held him motionless, Bob walked over and carefully extended the wing with the fishing line, exposing a fishing hook lodged in the bird’s breast by the wing. Carefully, he worked the hook out and they both examined the wound. After deciding that the pelican was not badly injured, Bob sprayed the wound with a disinfectant and Donna let him go. We watched him fly away. Then they threw out more handfuls of food and the young pelican, none the worse for his ordeal, flew in again to take part in the feast.

Pelicans were also the stars of a beach walk on another day. We were walking on the beach at the south end of Anna Maria Island, past the remains of old piers, when a flock of more than two-hundred pelicans landed near us, on the beach and on the pieces of the pier protruding from the water. Dozens of the birds dove into the shallow water at the same time, coming up with small fish that were swarming by the thousands near the pier. We watched, transfixed, as the birds dove over and over again. We wanted to record this amazing sight but we knew it would be long over before we could go home for the camera and return. We would have to be satisfied with our memories.

Several year ago, we met friends on Sanibel Island and decided to take a walk on the beach. When we began our walk, we all noticed that the sand was covered with unusually large, beautiful shells. When we got closer, we realized the shells were moving. Each one was a live animal (or a mollusk), washed up on the shore by some force of nature. We started tossing as many as possible back into the surf but soon gave up, the quantity was too immense.

Later I found out that collecting live shells (any specimen containing an inhabitant) is outlawed in Florida. Sanibel and Captiva Island are refuge islands and favorite places for shelling although people are urged to limit their empty-shell collections as these shells replenish the beaches. For me, the amazing opportunity to see the live mollusks crawling on the beach was more than enough; I had no desire to take any home.

It’s fun to watch people fishing on the beach, their lines stretched out into the surf while they lean back in folding chairs enjoying the view. Most of the time, there is a blue heron standing nearby, hoping for a snack if the catch is too small to keep or if the fisherman (or woman) shares a few bait fish with the bird when he or she is ready to go home. The possibility of a free meal diminishes their natural fear which is not always a good thing.

On Friday nights, the Manatee Beach holds a different attraction: the drum circle. Local people bring drums, cans, tambourines and other percussion instruments that beach visitors can shake, rattle or pound to celebrate the sunset. The drum circle members arrive with chairs and instruments about an hour before sunset and invite anyone who is interested to join them. Of course children are especially excited to have this opportunity to pound a drum and some adults (like me) are also drawn into the circle. The drumming reaches its peak as the sun melts into the horizon, another week gone by on Florida’s beautiful beaches.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Although there are many West Rim tours available from Vegas, the West Rim is not the only destination available. The South Rim doesn’t get as many visitors, but it is an ideal destination if you are interested in nature views since it has a lot of wilderness areas. These helicopter tours out of Vegas fly on Thanksgiving Day, and in fact, they fly every day except for Christmas Day. Flights operate all day, and the ones that leave around sunrise or sunset are among the most scenic.

When you go to the West Rim, you can book an aerial tour that does a flyover of the rim, or you can book a landing tour that lets you out on top or bottom of the Canyon. You can add various adventures to your landing tour or you can combine the tours to experience them all.

The landing tours are more expensive, but you get to do a lot more, so the cost is well worth it. The landing tour that flies to the floor of the Canyon is one of the more popular choices. You can add adventures that interest you most such as a boat tour on the Colorado River or tickets to the Skywalk on top of the rim. The Skywalk is an exhilarating experience because you get to stand on a transparent platform and look through the floor to the bottom of the Canyon 4000 feet below.

The helicopter tours out of Vegas offer many scenic views including aerial views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, and the deluxe tours also include an aerial view of the famous Vegas Strip.

If you want to take a helicopter tour of the South Rim, you’ll book a tour that includes an airplane flight from Vegas to Tusayan, which is near the South Rim, and there you will transfer to a helicopter and begin your tour of the rim.

There are two basic tours available at the South Rim. There is the 30-minute tour that flies you over to the North Rim and back. You could opt for the longer tour instead, which is the best option because this flight goes to the North Rim and then all the way to the eastern edge of the park. You’ll get to fly over about 75 percent of the entire national park on the longer tour.

Although helicopters can’t land inside the South Rim like they can at the West Rim, you can still upgrade your helicopter flight to include a ground tour. For example, you can add on a Jeep tour that takes you through the park for quick stops at all the main highlights.

Now you know about the Thanksgiving Canyon tours you can take, so you need to pick out a tour and book it soon. With so many tours available from landing tours to flyovers, you are sure to find one you like that matches your budget. Remember, you can save money when you buy your tour online, and be sure to do it early so you won’t miss out on a fun holiday experience.

Be a Digital Nomad in Australia

The way we perceive work has changed dramatically. The digital revolutions engulf the world and fast internet speeds spread to its distant corners. These developments have facilitated the rise of digital nomads, remote workers, and freelancers. It is expected that by 2035, there will be 1 billion nomads in the world. Their example has captured the imagination of numerous working people who seek to escape the tedious 9-5 routine.

Namely, with the tech infrastructure in place, the world can be your oyster. The whole ocean of online possibilities unfolds before your eyes. Of course, having too many options is overwhelming, but some would say that this is a part of the charm of living like a nomad. This brings us to the point that although being a digital nomad may seem like bliss, it has various pros and cons.

First of all, nomads work on the move. Apart from a laptop, the Wi-Fi internet is essential. Alas, when the latter is nowhere to be found, nomads cannot meet deadlines and fulfill their daily tasks. Also, it is important to note that there is no such thing as complete freedom because the money is usually an issue. Many nomads travel to countries with low living costs and gradually climb up the career ladder.

Some of them are not picky when it comes to their “workplace”. They work from a tent, type emails from the beach, and chill around hotel lobbies. They have given balancing work and life a new meaning, catching the attention of those who are chained to work desks and sterile cubicles that are supposed to be offices. However, running your business from a crowded beach, for instance, is no walk in the park.

It is often too hot and noisy to stay productive and sand can damage your precious laptop. You could say that the work part of the equation often suffers due to constant moving and visiting amazing places around the world. What is more, one does need a steady income in order to sustain the nomadic lifestyle and become truly location independent.

The Cost Of Dreams

Let us now take a look at Australia. Namely, the Land Down Under offers nice weather, vibrant culture, great quality of life, flourishing economy and plenty of business opportunities. There is a wide range of activities to keep you busy, but more importantly, the necessary infrastructure (Wi-Fi) and other resources are present and certainly not in short supply. Also, for most nomads, the language barrier is non-existent.

It seems that there is something really tempting about leaving everything behind and going to the other side of the globe. It is a chance to turn a new leaf, and write a new exciting chapter of your life. So, it does not come as a surprise that people are flocking to this vast country in pursuit of their dreams. Not every nomad can afford to live there, though, as living costs can be as high as a kite.

Hotels start at around $16 per night for a dorm room, but prices go up to $30 in big coastal cities. Camping is less costly, but it is often not an option due to lack of a solid internet connection. Food is not cheap either and decent restaurant entrees cost $15, although a fast food meal can be found for $11. Taking all of this into account the suggested daily budget is somewhere between $43 and $57.

Major Hubs & Work Spaces

Sydney is on the travel radar of numerous nomads and not just because of the things like legendary Bondi Beach. This burgeoning city is on top of the list due to appealing lifestyle, world-renowned attractions, friendly culture and thriving startup scene. Also, finding a co-working space in Sydney is a breeze. Numerous shared workspaces are popping up across the urban area and they accommodate a growing army of nomads.

These bustling hubs are places where they can meet like-minded people, share ideas and work their fingers to the bone if need be. Entrepreneurs, remote workers, creative individuals and nomads come together and disrupt traditional notions about doing business. What is more, finding a new gig is not hard. The only drawback is that the most populous city in Australia is also one of the most expensive cities around the world (monthly living costs are $2,900). Thus, it might not be a viable option for many people.

Other popular destinations are Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong and Gold Coast. All these cities have a lively entrepreneurial and innovation scenes. Brisbane is less expensive than Sydney, but the trade-off is that job opportunities are less appealing. Wollongong is an interesting example because it is a relatively small community: the costs of living start at $1,800 per month, while the average internet speed is 50 Mbps. In addition, a 24/7 full membership in a local co-working space costs $299.

Cover All The Bases

Minding the Tourist Season

Aside from the expenditures, one of the possible issues is the tumultuous tourist season. After all, Australia is one of the hottest tourist destinations on the face of the earth. During the peak period, one may find it difficult to find a quiet and secluded corner. To do that, some nomads decide to migrate inland, away from the busy coast. Fortunately, surfing and soaking in the sun are not the only activities to take on, as backpacking, road trips and camping opportunities are abundant.

Research Well

Just bear in mind that Australia is a humongous continent-sized country with population that is quite low in perspective. The large stretches of and between towns and rural areas are not covered with a telephone network, and even some urban jungles have notorious “black spots”. This is to say you need to plan well in advance and do your research, especially if you want to wander through the Outback and discover some hidden gems.

Getting to Places

Figure out the best carrier for areas you want to pay a visit to. As a rule of thumb, Telstra and Optus have the best coverage, albeit there are huge differences from country to country, and some people swear by Vodafone. In any event, create your work schedule carefully and get everything done before leaving populated areas. Do not leave the transportation to chance. Distances are vast and not easy to traverse.

Furthermore, in case you want to rent a furnished apartment for a month or two, you have to do your homework because landlords prefer long-term rental periods. Thus, I would say that when you are in the country as big and as expensive as Australia, planning is the cornerstone of success. For seasoned nomads who are fine with being uncomfortable, it is easier to get by. Still, always be prepared to deal with unexpected and difficult situations and try to stay positive.

Birds of the Same flock

The learning and adapting curve is different for everyone. Nevertheless, it pays off to read as much as you can about OZ before you move there. Ponder on the best ways to save money until you get a financial foothold. Get in touch with other nomads and business people. Utilize networks like LinkedIn and capitalize on the fact that the recruiting scene in Australia has exploded in recent years. There is also a myriad of freelance jobs you can apply for in case you need extra money.

Sow the Seeds of success

There is something unforgettable and unique about visiting Australia. Few places under the eternal blue sky provide such a remarkable mixture of culture, entertainment and business prospects. Alas, when you are more than a tourist ready to party around the clock, you cannot dive in unprepared. Test the waters first and know what you are getting yourself into. Come up with a plan, put together a schedule and find your own work rhythm.

Chota Char Dham

  • Yamunotri: This village marks the source of the Yamuna river. To the Hindus, it is the seat of Yamuna, the Hindu Goddess, who is depicted as having black complexion, and over a tortoise, having a pot of water in her hand. (As described in the Sanskrit Agni Purana, one of the eighteen major Puranas of Hinduism)

The temple here, housing a shrine to the Goddess, opens in the month of May and closes the second day after Diwali.

  • Gangotri: While Yamunotri is the origin of the Yamuna river, Gangotri that of the Holy Ganges. For readers who are unaware, Ganges, or Ganga in Hindi, is considered very sacred in Hinduism, and bathing in its waters is believed to facilitate ‘Moksha’, i.e. one’s release from the circle of life & death. She is also worshipped as Maa Ganga. (‘Maa’ means mother) She is depicted sitting on a ‘Makara’, a mythical creature that has the head of an elephant, and the body of a fish.

The temple here dates back to the 18th century.

  • Kedarnath: The history of the town of Kedarnath dates back to the Mahabharata era. (The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit Hindu epics, with its origins dating back to 8-9th century BC.) The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s three major deities, the God of destruction. He is worshipped as ‘Kedarnath’ here, which means the Lord of Kedar Khand. (Historical name of the region)

Due to severe weather in winters, the temple is only open from the end of April to the autumn full moon.

  • Badrinath: Badrinath is the most important of the four pilgrimage sites of the Char Dham. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the three major deities of Hinduism (The third one is Lord Brahma, the creator), the God who is the preserver and protector. He is worshipped as ‘Badrinath’ here.

Travel With Friends

  • Finalize Your Itinerary:
    Wanting to go to the same place doesn’t mean you’ll want to do the same things there as well. If you’re at a beach resort, you might want to spend all day reading a book by the beach but your friend might want to go snorkeling. She’ll want you to tag along but you won’t. It will make you both angry and will leave your friend with nothing to do. So talk about your expectations and plans beforehand. Decide what you will do each day. Some things you can all do on your own thing instead of relying on the whole group. Going solo can be a lot of fun too, and it also takes off pressure from pleasing each other.
  • Share Responsibilities:
    Nominate who’s going to do what. One should be in charge of all hotel and flight reservations, one should do research on local culture and attractions while one should take care of the budget. Assigning responsibilities decreases confusion and time wastage. Everyone knows who’s supposed to do so things will get done efficiently. Bonus: when something goes wrong, you’ll know exactly who to blame. Just imagine how much less fights and time will take to figure out whose fault it was!
  • Know Each Other:
    When we’re at home, we ignore and tolerate the quirkiness and weird habits of our friends. In fact, those things endear our friends to us even more. However, be very aware that your friend will continue to be the same person even when you’re traveling. Those cute quirky habits can very quickly begin to get on your nerves! If your friend is in a habit of constantly using social media then she’ll do so on the trip too, leaving you with nobody to talk to. So it’s very important to choose your travel companion wisely.

Beverly Hills Hotels Guide

The neighborhood is located approximately nine miles west from downtown LA. There are both public and private transportation options from LAX and downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills. You can take a bus, Uber, taxi, or even the subway. There is always the option to rent your own vehicle as well, although a lot of travelers don’t like driving around Southern California.

It’s recommended that you wait until autumn to visit this destination when the weather is cooler and the volume of tourists is down.

Budget accommodation includes Hotel Beverly terrace, which provides guests with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Hotel Del Flores is located in the heart of the neighborhood and is a short distance away from Museum of Tolerance and UCLA. This is a historic hotel built in 1928.

Speaking of which, there are a number of historic Beverly Hills hotels. The Sunset Tower Hotel, previously known as The Argyle and the St. James Club, has been a historic site on the Sunset Strip since 1931. It’s a fine example of the Art Deco architecture of its time and worth staying in if you can afford the rate.

Another historic, luxurious Art Deco hotel is The Beverly Hills Hotel. Since it opened in 1928, the staff has been treating guests like royalty. It is also conveniently located within walking distance to popular shops.

Traveling with your kids? Looking for a family-friendly resort? There are quite a few available, including Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, Hotel Beverly Terrace, The Crescent, Maison 140, The Beverly Hilton, The Mosaic Hotel, and several others.

If you want seclusion, then you can get all the privacy you want at the Viceroy L’Ermitage. Staying at this property will give you the feeling of being in a private residence with all of the amenities you can expect of a modern, luxury hotel. Why not stay at a rooftop cabana? There is complimentary car service (in fancy sports cars).

If price is a concern, take advantage of Beverly Hills hotels discounts. Sometimes you can find them online when booking your trip through a travel website. Just wait until a great deal pops up. Flexibility and patience are essential when it comes to saving money on a SO-CAL vacation.

Pet Friendly Hotels Guide

Fortunately, there are a quite a few pet friendly hotels to choose from. Even in locations off-the-beaten-path, there’s probably an establishment or two that allows pets.

That said, not all pet-friendly motels and hotels are the same. While it’s not uncommon for them to charge fees, those fees aren’t all the same.

Here are a few things you should do before settling on accommodation for you and your pet:

  • Do research on restrictions and fees. Compare not only the fee, but the overall hotel rates and taxes as well. If you’re traveling with a large dog, which hotel will be likely to accommodate your needs the most? Some have weight and size restrictions.
  • If possible, try to book a room on the first floor so you won’t have to disturb guests in the elevators or walk up and down steps with your pet. Staying on the first floor also makes it easier for you to take the animal out a few times a day for “bathroom” breaks.
  • Speaking of which, make sure you understand where the designated bathroom areas will be. Any hotel will expect you to clean up after your pet. For cats, be sure to pack some disposable litter boxes. Keep them in the bathroom under the sink. If your cat sheds, pack sheets from home and cover the hotel room furniture.
  • Consider staying at a pet friendly hotel that offers special in-room amenities just for your four legged friend. Some hotel chains offer things like water bowls, piddle pads, and even pet beds. A couple of chains that offer special pet amenities include Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
  • If you’re traveling to a major city that’s popular with tourists, try to choose a resort that isn’t right next to busy streets and crowds. You don’t want your pet to get nervous by all the loud noise. When comparing options, look at a map to find out exactly where each hotel is located.

In addition to those mentioned above, here are some more hotels that allow pets:

  • Ace Hotel
  • La Quinta
  • Best Western
  • Loews Hotels and Resorts
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Clarion Inns & Suites
  • Econo Lodge
  • Holiday Inn
  • Comfort Inn

There are other pet friendly hotels. These are just some of the more popular ones that you might want to check out.