Everything you need to know about travel with animals (and kids)

My kids are pet magnets when we’re on the road. They’re constantly adopting dogs and cats and other animals we encounter in our vacation rentals.

If you don’t know what that’s like, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans who vacation with their pets. You bring your own animal companions, you brave souls. A recent poll of pet owners found that 27% are planning one or two trips with their pets; 37% are planning three to five getaways; and 31% plan to travel with their pet six or more times this year.

Either way, we need to talk.

Travel with animals is one of the great unexplored topics in travel journalism. That’s because most of the stories begin — and end — with a discussion of whether pets, and specifically “comfort” animals belong on a plane. Fascinating topic, but let’s go in a different direction.

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