A vacation feels a lot more exciting when you take your dog on the trip. You only think about the cons associated with taking your dog. But, with proper planning, the trip with him becomes a memorable experience. Exploring famous landmarks, loitering on the beaches, or exploring the historic ruins become interesting when you have a dog as your companion. Your four-legged best friend adapts quickly to new situations. You can connect with your dog and strengthen your relationship. It will transform your pet’s personality for good. Based on the experiences of dog owners, here are the benefits of traveling with a dog:

1. Make You Feel Safer

Having your dog as your companion for a trip will make you feel safer. Your doctor can act as a constant bodyguard in an unknown location. If you have a big dog, you can ward off any danger even before it approaches you. Even small dogs can keep you safe. They can bark loudly, attracting the attention of others when something goes wrong.

2. Take Share-Worthy Photos

taking photo with a dog

When you travel, you wish to share beautiful photos of the location on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Taking your pet’s photograph with the beautiful landmarks and in winter dog coats will garner more likes and comments. Your selfies become trendy when you bring your beloved pet into the picture. As your pet is adorable and cute, people around you will want a selfie with them during the trip. The photos you post will attract the attention of people on social media.

3. Meet New People

When you travel to a new location with your dog, it offers a chance to meet more people. Here are some of the reasons why having a dog helps you connect with other people:

  • Traveling alone can make you focus on your travel itinerary more. You become self-absorbed by your thoughts and travel plans, which results in ignoring others.
  • Your dog attracts other people and makes you more approachable. So, they may start a conversation regarding your dog’s breed or specialties. If children are present, they wish to cuddle or pet your dog.
  • Dog owners can come closer on a trip as dogs smell each other. Such actions will help you connect with other owners.

For a shy person, a dog aids in connecting with the local people and communicating better. You can learn more about the place with such communication. Dogs act as icebreakers to make better, more in-depth conversations and connections.

4. Adaptable Companion

The dogs adapt quickly to your lifestyle. So, if you wish to see new people, and places, your dog will accompany you on the quest. Dogs love meeting new faces, exploring new locations, and smelling different things. Introducing them to unfamiliar surroundings helps them learn and discover more. Your dog is versatile and can adapt to any climatic or weather conditions with ease.

5. Explore New Areas

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Traveling with a dog is a good way to explore new places.

When you go on a vacation, your instinct is to focus on the tourist areas. But, when you travel with a dog, you can find new places. From quiet beaches to hiking spots, you can stay away from the usual and boring tourist spots to find such serene locations. Your dog will encourage you to explore such gems even when you feel lazy. A dog also motivates an individual to discover such areas to make the trip more memorable.

6. Have A Great Trip With Your Best Friend

Having a companion on your trip makes it more exciting and fun. When you have your best friend on a trip, you will have more enjoyment and a memorable time. Moreover, you can explore different places without hearing any vocal complaints. A dog owner can never feel lonely as the pup offers great companionship without voicing any concerns. So, you can have fun with exploration activities without your companion getting tired.

7. Develop A Closer Bond

Developing a closer bond with a 4-leg companion

The bond between both of you depends on emotional understanding, mutual support, and dependability. Such an emotion nurtures the feeling of belonging and offers safety. To strengthen the bond, you need to spend quality time traveling with your dog. Including the following activities are monumental in enhancing such a close bond:

  • Trekking or hiking.
  • Camping.
  • Exploring a new city.

During a trip, your dog wishes to take the queues from its master. When you provide one-on-one attention, it helps you form a stronger bond that lasts for a long time even after coming back home.


While taking a trip to an exotic location, you can see things from different perspectives. It will help your character grow. A vacation to a different place helps develop a new outlook. But traveling with your dog enriches your travel experience. It makes you question other aspects of your trip. You make preparations to include your dog and make them feel comfortable. With careful planning and execution, the trip strengthens the bond with your dog. Having your best friend on a journey offers a memorable experience that you wish to repeat.

Harold Camaya - The Broad Life's contributor

Harold Camaya
Harold Camaya is a blogger who loves to write especially in the Travel vertical. He continues to diversify his skills with changing trends and technologies. On his off days, he likes to spend his time at the nearest animal shelter, lift weights or be nose-deep in a novel.


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  1. I think traveling with a dog is lovely, really helps you get out there and keep active and improve your bond like you said! If I tried to go camping with my cat I don’t think it would go very well!

    • Why? What’s going to happen with your cat?
      I’m curious for info and perhaps I will have another post like traveling with a cat.

    • Definitely! Evenly dogs sometimes cause problems but overall it’s fun and so many enjoyable things when traveling with them.

  2. This is adorable and makes me want a dog so badly! I remember how much fun it was to go to the river with my dog when I was a teen. She made me feel safer and I always had a better time. She brought me things and made hiking more exciting.

    • Wow, your friend must have a lot of fun with her dogs.
      Btw I see the dog is a better travel companion than other pets, but not sure yet.

  3. There was a point where my grandma had three, and they all had a blast together. It’s fun to see how excited a dog gets to travel too.

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