Travel should always be joyful, so it just makes sense to take along your best friend – even if he is of the four-legged variety. More than half the country’s pet owners take their animal companion along for the journey. But it isn’t as easy as “have carrier, will travel.” That’s why we’re sharing tips at our next #TMOM Twitter party. Join in the fun, share your stories and air your pet peeves Monday, October 19!

Karat loves to come on a road trip but prefers to have someone sit with her. Photo credit: Judy Antell, Vegetarian Travelingmom

Karat loves to come on a road trip but prefers to have someone sit with her. Photo credit: Judy Antell, Vegetarian Travelingmom

October 19 #TMOM Twitter Party – Traveling with Pets

As much as I love my time traveling, I always hate the cold shoulder I receive when I get home. Oh, I don’t mean from the kids (who are usually with me, but usually welcome a break from this self-confessed “s-mother”).  No, the chilly reception is from the family’s four cats, who act as though I totally abandoned them if I dare to sneak away for even just an overnight.

I guess my quartet has good reason to complain. More than 50% of people who own cats and dogs in the U.S. take their pets along on their journeys, according to a study by AAA and Best Western International. After all, what’s a family vacation without the entire clan, right?

That’s not to say it’s easy. Many of those who hit the road with their four-legged friends are
frustrated by the lack of pet-friendly accommodation, attractions or dining options. Others aren’t sure that their pets are the traveling type. Still others confess that they resort to sneaking their animals into their hotel rooms. Well, that certainly wouldn’t work with my favorite felines!

What else doesn’t work? And, more importantly, what does? Well, that’s what we’ll be talking about during this week’s #TMOM Twitter party, which is all about travel with our pets.Our TMOM crew has been bringing their pets along on their travel adventures, and they’re happy to share their best “vacation with pets” tips. So if you’re thinking about an overnight jaunt with your kitten, an airplane ride with your pup, or even a trip to Disney with your second favorite mouse, stop in and learn

Would a road trip with Fluffy be the cat’s meow? Would flying with Fido be cool – or is barking up the wrong tree? We’ll discuss the rules, the frustrations, and the joys of taking our pets along with us – and you’ll want to be there to learn all the tips, share the secrets, and laugh at the stories shared by your favorite Traveling Moms.

WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – Traveling with Your Pets
WHEN: Monday, October 19, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD: Tweet: Bring the whole family – pets too – along on your next trip. Join #TMOM Monday 10/5  9pm ET  when we’re talking about pet travel. #familytravel

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