For many women, the idea of travelling solo can be a daunting one. There are so many things to consider, from finding the right destination to figuring out how to stay safe while on the road. But solo travel can also be an incredibly rewarding experience. It gives you the chance to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and learn more about yourself in the process.
Even if you’re travelling without the company of other humans, you may well be considering taking your canine companion with you. Not only do dogs provide a sense of comfort and companionship, but they can also enhance your enjoyment of your trip when you see just how much fun they’re having, exploring new places and meeting new people. If that hasn’t sold you on the idea of a holiday with your pup, read on to find out more reasons to take them along for the ride.
Helps you feel safe
When travelling solo, it can be reassuring to have someone by your side – and that includes your furry friend. Having a dog with you can make you feel more safe and secure, especially in unfamiliar or unsettling situations. If you feel daunted by going to new places alone, you may find that having your pet with you settles some of your worries, especially if you know that they’ll be looking out for you.
They can help you adjust
Travelling alone is an exciting experience, but it can also be a bit overwhelming at times. Your pup can offer a listening ear, a soft coat to stroke and a reassuring lick that might be just the pick-up you need. If you struggle with homesickness, they may also provide a tangible link to home, helping you get out and explore new places rather than wishing you were somewhere else.
Never feel lonely
One of the best things about travelling with a dog is that you’ll never feel alone. Your furry friend will be there to keep you company, whether you want to head out on a solo hike or enjoy a delicious meal for one at a local restaurant. Seeing them enjoying themselves can boost your happiness and help stave off those feelings of loneliness that you may otherwise experience.
Easy to make friends
Dogs are social creatures and love meeting new people, which makes them the perfect icebreaker when solo travelling. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with someone when you’ve got a cute dog by your side, and you might even make some new friends along the way. In fact, pets have been shown to help with boosting confidence – a trait you might find yourself needing in order to get the most out of your travels.
If you’re staying in a different country for a longer period of time, you may also be able to use your pup to make new connections in the park, or join a local group for pet lovers. Lots of these groups use social media to post about social meetups, so check out groups in your local area online. Just make sure that you take relevant precautions – meet in a public place, and don’t give out any personal information.
Get off the beaten path
Travelling with a dog can also help you to explore places you might not otherwise go. Many hotels, restaurants, and attractions are pet-friendly (make sure to check in advance), so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to accommodation and activities. And who knows – you might just find some hidden gems that only locals know about.
If you’re venturing further afield, you may need to drive or use public transport. Make sure that you’re familiar with how to keep your dog safe and happy whilst in the car, and check out any local public transport restrictions, especially if you have a large dog.
Solo, but not alone
As we’ve covered, taking your dog with you can enhance your solo travel experience. Make sure that you do your research before your trip – some places are more dog-friendly than others, and you’ll want to make sure you book adequate accommodation for you and your canine companion. Get everything booked, talk to your vet and then set off to explore the world.
About the Author
Laura Jackson considers herself a digital nomad, and enjoys writing on a variety of topics that are relevant to women. She has a border collie, Pepper, and takes him with her around the world.