Dog-friendly getaways

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Can’t bear the thought of leaving your faithful friend behind when you head off on holidays? Good news! Road tripping with your dog is more doable than ever.

Lockdowns and travel restrictions may have turned our lives upside-down, but for those who’ve dreamed of welcoming a four-pawed friend into their homes – or adding an extra one – the pandemic presented just the opportunity they were waiting for (hello, silver lining). Some braved the toilet training and chewed up shoes to adopt a puppy (yup, there’s been a puppy pandemic!), while others went the rescue route and adopted a dog in need.

However you ended up with your new best friend, they’re sure to have become an instant member of the family. Whether your family is just you and your dog, or there’s a whole pile of kids and pets in your tribe, loading up the car and heading off on a paw-friendly getaway is easy.


Hotels and motels

Recognising the rise in dog ownership across the country, hotels aren’t just allowing dogs to stay with you in your room, some are even enticing the dog-obsessed with VIP pooch packages. Treats, maps of off-leash dog areas, fancy water and food bowls and plush beds are often provided. Plan for lots of together time – most hotels and motels won’t allow a dog to be left alone in the room.


Self-contained accommodation

A home away from home that allows you and your dog to really relax can be a great option, especially when you’re planning to stay a while. Most booking platforms for cabins, studios and holiday houses now have a ‘pet-friendly’ search function, and detail any extra fees involved in bringing your furry friend. A getaway out in the country or beside a dog-friendly beach will make for tail-wagging good times.


Camping and caravanning

Exploring by day, snuggling up with your doggo by night – does life get any better? National Parks are off limits, but there are plenty of privately owned properties and state parks that welcome campers with dogs. Holiday parks can be a good option too, whether you’re camping, caravanning or staying in one of the on-site cabins. Keep in mind that Fido may have to stay out on the cabin veranda, which may come as a shock to dogs accustomed to a certain level of pampering.


Holidaying without your dog

If the destination you’re heading to is a plane ride away or unsuitable for dogs, leaving pooch behind may be the easier option. You’ll feel less guilty about it if you can find a committed pet-sitter who will shower your dog with love while you’re gone. Browse a pet-sitting platform (let the testimonials be your guide) or book a boarding kennel that prioritises dog wellbeing (think exercise, comfortable digs and plenty of attention). Rest assured that your dog will be glad to see you on your return – it’s a furever kind of love, remember?

Can’t take your furry friend with you?

Of course, there will be times when you sadly can’t have your pets join you on a trip. If this is the case, Travel Insurance Direct has some cover available!

If, during your trip, you are diagnosed with coronavirus, we will pay your reasonable additional pet care services, including kennel and cattery boarding fees or professional pet sitting services, in Australia.

Read more about our cover for Coronavirus and always read the PDS which contains all terms, limits, conditions and exclusions that apply.


I grew up in the US, Germany and Australia, so it feels more foreign for me to stay in one place than to move around. Since then, I’ve called Boston, London, Seattle, Brisbane, Madison and Sydney home for study and work as a journalist, travel writer and photographer. I specialize in adventure travel, social issues and interiors/architecture. Home is now an 1890s cottage in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. I traveled to my seventh continent last year – an action-packed expedition to Antarctica – and have memories galore of my travels. Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, galloping with gauchos in Chilean Patagonia, trekking through Japan, and camel riding in Jordan are among the most memorable. My least favourite travel hiccup was being stranded in Cameroon when I should have been winging my way to Paris for a little me-time. You win some, you lose some.


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