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6 Reasons to Leave Your Pets with a Housesitter when Travelling

Taking your pets overseas might sound like a fantastic idea, but the reality sees you stuck with a small bundle of joy you’re going to need to keep constant care of the whole time you’re en route. Here are six reasons to travel the world and leave your cherished pets behind with a housesitter, which we believe is the best way for your pet.

  1. Travelling and the trauma of flying for some pets

Dachsund on grass - Travel the world

Dachsund on grass – not all pets like to travel

There are a fair number of humans who don’t enjoy flying in a giant metal car in the sky – so just imagine how it must feel for a small animal who has no clue what’s going on.  They are unfamiliar with the smells, the sounds and the vibrations. It can be quite a traumatic experience.

As clever as cats and dogs are, they’re not built with the ability to comprehend every situation they’re thrown into.

While there are methods which can make the process considerably easier for your pets, you’re better off – both in terms of effort and peace of mind – to leave the critters at home.

  1. When Travelling the world – factor your pets into the holiday

Unless you’ve decided to embark on a pet-specific holiday, bringing an animal along with you when you travel the world will only serve to make the planning process considerably harder for everyone involved.


Fancy taking a tour of a historical landmark? Well good luck with that – enjoy the face of the staff when you try to take a dog around the Colosseum or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

With an animal in tow you’re massively restricting your possibilities when it comes to the destinations you can freely check out. Extra hassle on holiday is never good.

  1. Remember – It’s not forever

It might feel like you’re leaving your little furry loved ones behind for a crazy amount of time, but it’s just a few days (or weeks at most).

Remember – pets are actually very receptive to your moods and emotions, so try not to give them too much of a send-off, or it might freak them out a tad.

If you and the kids fawn all over your pet, hugging and kissing them they’ll think you’re never coming back.  Be careful how you treat them, and try to maintain their routines by finding a housesitter to stay with them.

  1. Travelling the world with your pets you incur added expenses

Travel the world - two cats in kennels

Kennels can be expensive

Holidays are costly at the best of times, but the additional funds you’ll need to round-up for your cuddly bundles of love might put you through the roof from a financial perspective.

These costs will wrack up not only on the actual holiday itself, but also in the build-up process – where you’ll need to:

  • Have a pet micro-chipped – although in some countries like the UK this is a legal requirement already
  • Get the required vaccination
  • Acquire travel documentation for the dog
  • Arrange the transport

When push comes to shove, there’s a lot of planning and money being forked into taking your pet away for just a week or so. As much as you love them, is it really worth it when you can find free petsitters through websites like HouseSitMatch.com

  1. There are plenty of havens for them at home

While animal care in the past has been relatively poor, advancements in housing methods for pets means they’re likely to be far safer in the modern day and age.

There are plenty of high quality kennel services out there which strive to ensure your loved ones are cared for in a secure and appropriate manner.

They’ll be having just as much fun with their new friends as you’re experiencing on your vacation, so there’s no need to feel guilty at any point.

  1. Finding accommodation can be a challenge if you take your pet with you

Much like with anything in life, finding somewhere which caters to the needs of pet owners is not the simplest thing in the world.

Dog and cat owners can sometimes struggle to find a flat where pets are accepted, let alone a hotel or cottage for on holiday.

There are locations out there which will accommodate to the needs of your pets, but you’re limiting your options drastically when you’re forced to opt for one of these locales.

These are just six of the best reasons why taking your pets on holiday is perhaps not the best idea. Instead, why not leave them at home with a loved one, or opt to house them in a specially designated kennel area, or better still find a housesitter to stay with them in their own home?

This blog is brought to you by 1 Cover Travel Insurance


  1. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151219-animals-dogs-cats-pets-travel-holidays/
  2. https://www.comparetravelinsurance.com.au/resources/the-ultimate-guide-to-travelling-with-pets
  3. https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/types-of-holiday/dog-pet-friendly-holidays
  4. https://www.housesitmatch.com/
Lamia Walker
Hi, I am Lamia, founder of HouseSit Match. After years of corporate travel and stressing about home and pet care when away from home, I decided to build a solution, online. Now I run HouseSit Match an online network where we help to match home and pet-owners with house-sitters and pet-sitters in a friendly social way! Helping our members combines my passions for pets, travel, marketing and I meet fabulous new people every day!

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