How You Can Travel with Your Pets

Many people travel each year and go home for the holidays. If you have pets, you have a decision to make: do you put Fido or Felix in a kennel or find someone to watch him?

The alternative is to travel with your pets. This can be tricky because some pets travel better than others. But, it may be worth it if you do not have anyone to watch your pet. and avoid costly kennels.

Air Travel

If you plan to travel by air, take your pet to the veterinarian. Some airlines will ask to see a certificate that verifies your pet is healthy. The airline may ask for proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations.

You may want to ask your veterinarian if your pet needs tranquilizers. Some veterinarians will suggest giving your pet Benadryl or nothing at all. If you choose to give your pet a tranquilizer, give them one a few days before you leave. This way you will be able to see how your pet reacts to the medicine.

Make sure you have an airline regulated pet carrier. The size of the carrier will vary from airline to airline. Find a PetSmart Store near you and purchase a carrier that is acceptable by the airlines.

You may want to feed your pet an hour before your flight. Make sure your pet goes to the bathroom before you leave. You do not want any accidents while you’re in the air!

Consider bringing some food and or small animal water feeder with you. Your pet may or may not be hungry or thirsty on your flight, but it’s best to be prepared. Many pets are too nervous to eat or drink and most will sleep for the duration of the flight.

Car or RV Travel

For those who travel via a car or RV, make sure your pet is in it’s carrier and buckled in just like you! After all, you do not want your pet to be “rolling around” as you drive, especially on a winding road.

Every 90 minutes or so, stop at a rest stop to feed your pet. It’s good for you and your pet to stretch your legs and go to the bathroom. If you’re traveling with a cat, make sure you have enough litter for your trip. Carry bags with you so you can put the litter or “doggie doo” in it. Remember to clean up after your pet.

If you plan to stay at a hotel or hotel and resort, make sure they accepts pets! You do not want to show up at your hotel and find out that Fido is not welcomed. Before you book your hotel, ask if they accept pets.

If you must travel with a pet, make sure they will be comfortable. Of course, the best option is to leave them at home. If you cannot do this, take every precaution to ensure that both of you will have a smooth and seamless travel experience.

Traveling with pets does not have to be difficult. It’s kind of like traveling with kids! You still need to bring food, water, treats, and their favorite toys. Happy traveling to you and your pets!

Santa Got Scrooged in Old Town Scottsdale

Anyone who visits Phoenix, AZ will want to check out Old Town Scottsdale which is in, of course, Scottsdale, AZ. Old Town has many specialty shops, restaurants, museums, and art galleries. It has year round street festivals such as the annual Parada del Sol. Check out Old Town Scottsdale to what you can unearth on your next trip to Arizona.

A Night in Old Town

Saddle Ranch Chop House in Old Town Scottsdale opened in January 2008. They like to celebrate the holidays at Saddle Ranch. People are known to gather together for events such as Santarchy (not anti-Santa; just good fun). Everyone dresses in various Santa or holiday costumes (Harry Hanukkah) and make their way to Saddle Ranch, which is the first stop of the night. After they’ve finished at Saddle Ranch, it’s time to move onto the next bar/club.

Saddle Ranch is known for it’s infamous mechanical bull. It has been featured on shows such as Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, American Idol, Six Feet Under, and many more. The first Saddle Ranch opened on the Sunset Strip and has become well known nationwide. You do not have to travel to L.A. to enjoy Saddle Ranch because there may be one opening near you!

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant is known for it’s Saki Bombers! The sushi is five star and the atmosphere is laid back. It’s best to make reservations on the weekends. Kyoto is great for young and old, families, singles, dates, and anyone who likes to have a great time without the pressure.

Giligan’s is a dive bar in Old Town. If you like trendy bars, you may want to forgo Giligan’s. However, if you like to have fun and want a unique bar experience, check out Giligan’s. The foods not bad either and it’s served late! The walls and ceilings are covered. Seriously, it looks like a couple of magazines, albums, and other stuff was blown up and landed on walls and ceilings! Again, this is not a typical trendy Scottsdale bar. This is the place where you go to have some real fun and let loose!

Martini Ranch is overrated. They claim to have “catapulted local acts into national names, from Coldplay to Avril Lavigne, Martini Ranch set the stage for local musicians to be discovered.” Really, Martini Ranch was responsible for the success Cold Play is experiencing. Talent and marketability had something to do with Cold Play’s success.

The staff at Martini Ranch is not the greatest. Trying to get into Martini Ranch is a big ordeal, even for a bunch of Santas. So much for the holiday spirit and spreading good cheer!

For a split second you may ask yourself “am I in Arizona or L.A., Manhattan, or London?” The guys at the door must think they are in L.A. They’ll take your id, check it for a few minutes, and then hold onto it for some reason. You get it back when they decide to let you into the bar. This is a great way to lose business. Then again perhaps the Martini Ranch has not been effected by the economic situation of the United States of America. Good for them, business is booming and no one is losing their job.

By the way, the bartenders are rude and will not serve water to those who ask for it. People are overcharged for “foo-foo” drinks and then cannot get a simple glass of water. This is ironic since the state of Arizona is hard core when it comes to DUIs and drunk driving in general.

If you still would like to check out Martini Ranch, visit their website and then decide it you will check it out.

These are just some of the establishments you will find in Old Town Scottsdale. During the day, enjoy the galleries and shop until you drop. When night falls, head out into town and discover what Old Town Scottsdale has to offer you.

15 Secrets of Traveling Revealed

Do you have a favorite travel destination? When August, the “hottest” month appears, are you ready to book a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Fringe Festival? Whether you are a new or experienced traveler, here are some tips for you. Don’t leave home without them!

Travel Tips

  1. Do not be a tourist!
  2. Consider booking your flight online.
  3. Read hotel reviews!
  4. Stay at a bed and breakfast or hostel. Read reviews!
  5. Pack what you need not your entire closet!
  6. Bring a good pair of walking shoes.
  7. Make copies of your credit card, passport, and drivers license and carry them in a separate place. Leave a copy with someone back home.
  8. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone at home.
  9. Travel during off-peak seasons.
  10. Check in early at the airport.
  11. When traveling to a foreign country bring some local currency with you.
  12. Bring a phone card in case of emergency. If you have a cell or mobile phone with international coverage that’s even better!
  13. Bring a voltage adapter when traveling to a foreign country.
  14. Travel with an open mind.
  15. Bring a guidebook, language translator, or foreign language book.
  16. Smile! Bonus!

Links to your next adventure

  1. Baja Fun. A great resource for Baja California Sur. Fun in the sun!
  2. Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This international festival is truly one of a kind! The popular Military Tattoo Festival usually sells out within the year. Get your tickets now!
  3. Budget Backpackers. More than just a youth hostel. You will find people of all ages from across the world at this hostel!
  4. Sunset Travel. Online travel agency that specializes in the “all-inclusive” vacation.
  5. Hostel World. Proud sponsors of UNICEF! Hostel World’s experienced staff is from all over the world. Book your hostel, budget accommodation center, or package tour today!
  6. Priceline.com – no one deals like we do!. Option #1 for booking your vacation!
  7. Travelocity, option #2. Top 10 Vacation Destinations! Go ahead and “Rome” with the Gnome!

    Top Travel Deals at Expedia.com. Option #3 for booking your vacation.

  8. Barnes and Noble. Find Lonely Planet guidebooks and much more!
  9. Buy.com. The place to purchase electronics such as a pocket translator, IPod, MP3, digital camera, or whatever “electronic gadget” for your next vacation.

Pack It!: Luggage at eBags.com in case you need a new set.

Jet settin’,
~ Rebecca

The August of Cultural Explosion in Edinburgh, Scotland UK

It is my third time to The United Kingdom of Great Britain; specifically Edinburgh, Scotland. When August, the “hottest” month appears, it signals the beginning of the brilliant festivals that take place in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Choose from the Art Festival, Festival of Spirituality and Peace, International Film Festival, Military Tattoo Festival, International Fringe Festival, International Festival, International Book Festival, and many more. If you enjoy art, meeting people, culture, craziness, and an overload of your senses, then Edinburgh is the place to be in August! [Read more…]