How to Board your Pet While Traveling

Your bags are packed, plane tickets are booked, travel insurance is purchased, but what about Fido?  While you’re away at the beach, hitting the slopes or far away on a business trip, you have to make plans for your four-legged friends, too.

There are many options for boarding your dogs including veterinary clinics, pet sitters and doggy daycare.  We’re here to help you find the right option for you and your dogs.

First up is veterinary clinics. At a veterinary clinic, you know your pet is in the hands of trained professionals. If your dog is a regular patient, they will be spending time with familiar faces. If your dog is not a regular patient, the clinic may request a copy of your pooch’s shot records. They may also require a bordetella vaccine since upper respiratory infections can be passed from dog to dog. If you decide to go with the option, make sure to ask if you need to bring your own food and bedding.

Another option is doggie daycare. Doggie daycare is a great option for dogs who are especially sociable and enjoy playing with other dogs. Along with the social perks, doggie daycares often have wide-open play spaces, plenty of treats and a designated nap time. You may also be able to see your pets play as some facilities feature doggies cams that you can check via the Internet when you miss your pooch. Be warned, this option will set you back more than a traditional boarding facility or veterinary clinic.

Last, but certainly not least is a pet sitter. If your dog is not suited for a veterinary clinic or doggie daycare, a pet sitter might be the right option for you and your dog (or ask a friend nicely!). If you have multiple pets, an elderly pet or a dog with chronic health issues, this option is definitely best for you. If budget is not a factor, you can hire a professional pet sitter. If you already spent your money on vacation, ask a friend or family member to watch your pet while you’re away, and promise to return the favor at a later date.

So, how do you decide what is the right option for you and your pet? There are a few things you can do. First, ask your pet-owning friends for referrals and their past experiences. Whichever option you chose for your pet, make sure your boarding facility has the right amount of space for your dog and meets all of your requirements.

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Sin City Adds Ziplining to List of Attractions

Las Vegas will soon be using slot machines for more than just gambling. Officials from the Fremont Experience announced a new attraction, SlotZilla, will be hitting the streets in Sin City. SlotZilla, a giant slot machine that will spit our riders at 120 feet above street level, is scheduled to open in June 2013.

It will take the traditional zipline ride to the next level by combining the theme-park feel and gambling. It also brings new life to the “old school” Fremont Street, and officials hope it will become a new icon for the area.

The $11 million SlotZilla will shoot riders through the air at 35 mph for the entire stretch of Main Street – 1,700 feet.Not everyone is ready to take the plunge though! Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, said she is excited about the new attraction, but will not be riding it anytime soon.  Mayor Goodman joke serves as a warning to those with a fear of heights. The SlotZilla platform reaches as high as a 12-story building and will feature a slot arm, reels and two levels of doors that open to propel riders forward when the jackpot is hit.

If heights don’t scare you (or you’ve had a Mai Tai or two), you can take a ride on the new attraction for about the cost of a Blackjack hand. The lower portion of the ride will cost $20, with the upper level will cost $30. If that isn’t enough thrill, you can ride both for $40.Tell us, would you make SlotZilla part of your Las Vegas experience? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook wall or Tweet us.

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Top Spa Getaways for a Valentine’s Day Vacation

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you know what that means – the search of the perfect gift has begun! But don’t worry because we’re here to help! We can’t think of a better gift than an unexpected getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape with your loved one, travel with your single friends or just need some alone time, we’re sharing the top resorts around the country for your Valentine’s vacation.

If you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway… travel to New York City and visit the Mandarin Oriental hotel and spa. This 5-star hotel overlooks New York City skylines and Central Park, which makes it the perfect setting for a romantic vacation. When it’s time to eat, the hotel has acclaimed dining options with tempting food and delicious cocktails. After indulging in their world-class restaurants, don’t forget your a stone’s throw away from all the entertainment New York City offers.

Photo: Mandarin Hotel and Spa

If you want to get away for the weekend with your girlfriends… visit the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Southern California. It’s the perfect place whether you and your girlfriends want an active vacation or want to simply relax. Between their golf course, tennis courts, Ojai Spa and Maravilla restaurant, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa will keep everyone happy.

Photo: Amangiri Resort

If you’re looking for some alone time… try the Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah. The resort’s name means “peaceful mountain”, and that’s exactly what this location boasts – the 600 acres define relaxation. With unbeatable views, a world-class spa, quiet suites and pleasant weather, the Amangiri Resort is perfect for a week of reflection and relaxation. If you decide to leave the oasis, the resort is a 15-minute drive to the shores of Lake Powell, where you can explore canyons, go wake boarding or just relax underneath the stars.

Lastly, if you want to ensure your Valentine’s vacation investment is protected… add travel insurance to your getaway package and make sure you can relax at the spa knowing your Valentine’s vacation is covered from the unpredictable.

We’re here to answer any questions you may have, so leave a comment below, write on our Facebook wall or Tweet us.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Safe travels,

Your Friends at TravelSafe

 

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution To Get Fit

The most popular New Year’s resolution includes losing weight, eating healthier and getting fit. Working out and eating right is much easier when you’re at home. When you travel, it can be more difficult to keep up those good habits. That’s why we’ve put together tips on how you stay true to your New Year’s resolution while traveling.

It’s all about starting off on the right foot! What you pack in your bag can determine how healthy your vacation will be. Make sure to pack a reusable water bottle, tennis shoes, and plenty of healthy snacks.

These can come in handy if your vacation starts with a delay. Delays can mean extra hours in the airport and extra calories consumed. Make sure you’re prepared by packing healthy snacks in your carry-on luggage. Now, instead of having a piece of pizza or hamburger at the gate, you can reach for the healthy food you brought. If you forget to pack food in your carry-on luggage, don’t worry – look around for healthy food options at the airport including fresh fruit, protein bars and bottled water.

EXTRA TIP: Don’t forget to get travel insurance before you start your trip. If you get delayed, you may be able to get reimbursed for those healthy travel snacks!

Once you arrive to your hotel, make sure you locate the hotel gym. The gym is a great resource to keep up your exercise plan while on vacation. Don’t panic if the hotel gym is packed or there isn’t one. Use your hotel room to do simple exercises like push ups, sit ups and jumping jacks. Also, if the hotel has a pool, you can burn some serious calories by swimming.

If you want to make sure your hotel has a great gym before you travel, visit Fit For Business, a website that ranks top hotel workout facilities all across the country and in select countries across the world.

After you work up an appetite, make healthy choices by grabbing whole wheat sandwiches at a local deli, a vegetable-packed salad at the restaurant where you dine or fresh fruit at a nearby grocery store. You’ve got the good food covered, but don’t forget about the liquids! Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Drinking water has several health benefits, but it’s especially great because it can flush toxins out of your body and curb hunger.

Now for the things to avoid – booze, the mini-bar and the dessert menu. We can hear the moans already, but alcohol packs tons of empty calories. It can also make you indulge in the mini-bar and dessert. Instead, try to keep drinking that water and make healthy food choices.

Most importantly, relax! No one is expecting you to keep to your regular fitness routine and we won’t tell if you indulge in dessert, but hopefully these tips will help you stay healthier while traveling in 2013.

Safe travels,
Your friends at TravelSafe