As we’re in the midst of a pet boom, many are interested in traveling to places with more space and access to the outdoors for themselves and their pooch. In fact, we’ve seen searches made with the ‘allows pets’ filter have increased 65 percent since January 2021 compared to the same time period last year1 .
To help inspire future travel plans with your four-legged friend, we asked Dr. Kate Bruce, a Brisbane, Australia-based veterinarian, to share helpful tips on ideal getaways for every type of dog based on the most wishlisted, pet-friendly stays made possible by Hosts on Airbnb.
I Sette Coni, hosted by Anna (Ostuni, Italy)
“The quaint, fenced-in courtyard is the perfect place for your pet to play during their stay. There’s also gorgeous countryside to explore, so make sure your dog is up to date with their vaccinations and preventative medications to safely enjoy your holiday to the fullest!”
Underground Hygge, hosted by Kristie (Orondo, WA, United States)
“This stay is great for the active pet, who likes to explore nature and take in all the sights, smells and sounds of the local wildlife, including deer, rabbits and birds. This fairytale home is nestled among some fantastic walking tracks, giving you the perfect opportunity to get fit with your pet on holidays.”
Splendida Casa sull’Albero, hosted by Elena (Florence, Italy)
“If your fur family is more of the laid back type, this stay is ideal for sitting back and enjoying life among the pine trees together. Dogs love visual stimulation just like people, and this elevated vantage point offers the perfect spot for your pup to watch nature go by.”
La Salentina, hosted by Dory (Tricase, Italy)
“If salty sea-dogs are more your style, then this stay could be for you. With dog-friendly beaches nearby, holidaying on the Mediterranean has never looked better for you and your canine friend. Remember to give your pet a good hose down afterwards – a dirty, salty coat can lead to a variety of skin infections, and you also don’t want to bring all that sand home with you!”
Unique Architecture Cave House, hosted by Laskarina (Oia, Greece)
“Your dog will love this sun-drenched Greek escape, complete with an open terrace, ideal for lazy naps and soaking up some rays. Just make sure to keep them well hydrated with plenty of water bowls available, and consider investing in some dog-safe sunscreen, especially if they have lightly pigmented skin.”
The Cozy Palace, hosted by Reb (Marrakesh, Morocco)
“Dogs require a little bit of calm and relaxation every now and then, just as much as humans do. This Moroccan beauty will let your dog rest on the cool tiles among the gentle shadows, or stretch their legs between the banana trees in the courtyard. With no pesky postman here to bark at, your pooch will be free of distractions and enjoy some quiet time.”
Waterfront with Extraordinary View, hosted by Nela (Kotor, Montenegro)
“While the Montenegran delicacies on offer at this stay may tickle your taste buds, be careful offering unfamiliar foods to your pets. It’s best to pack some of their tasty treats from home, and stick to their regular diet to avoid nasty stomach upsets on holiday.”
Trullo del 1800, hosted by Luca (Cisternino, Italy)
“This property, set among quiet Italian farms, offers plenty of space, from the large outdoor courtyard, to the open fields, and the warm fireplace to relax by at the end of the day. Just make sure to bring your pet’s favorite bed to avoid any little accidents on the crisp white linen, and remember to give them something familiar and comforting that smells like home.”
Gold Coast Hinterland Villa, hosted by Kerri-Lea (Mount Nathan, Australia)
“If your family is after a slice of luxury among the hinterlands, this one could be for you. Just be careful with any silly puppies though, as the neighboring horses and cattle could pose a risk to your pooch. It’s advisable to wait until your pet is out of their naughty puppy phase before traveling, and make sure to keep an eye on them when they’re out and about in an unfamiliar environment.”
Douro Villa, hosted by Maria Henriqueta (Penafiel, Portugal)
“Fresh air and fun outdoors is key to a happy dog. This property offers a great spot to take a dip in the pool, but be careful with first time swimmers. All dogs should be supervised when swimming, and some of our less talented athletes may require a canine life jacket to help them enjoy the water safely.”
For even more four-legged travel inspiration, check out this community story that features a trip that guest Carol and her friends took with Miso, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, that was made possible by Superhost Jacopo at his house above the clouds.
1 Based on Airbnb internal data measuring the increase in searches since the beginning of January 2021 versus the same time period in 2020.
2 Based on Airbnb internal data measuring the most wishlisted listings that allow pets as of February 2021.