Pawesome / Purr-fect Vacations for You and Your Furry Friend
With International Cat Day and International Dog Appreciation Day both having fallen in August, why not continue the celebration by bringing your furry friend along on your travels? Both days were created out of love for our pets and awareness around welfare so it’s the purr-fect time to treat your loyal friend to a pet perfect trip. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 28.8 reported listings, including more than 5.5 million listings of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay, to find some of the best animal loving locations to match its pet-perfect properties[i].
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and a dog walking dream. Treat yourself and your four-legged friend to a walk down the beautiful River Danube, the river that separates Buda from Pest. Once you arrive at the Chain Bridge you can cross over to the district of Buda and here you can walk around the beautiful hills that offer breathtaking views of Pest, along with the famous Hungarian Parliament Building. While your furry friend relaxes at the apartment, visit one of Budapest popular cat cafes and enjoy a drink in the company of some cute kittens.
[i] Methodology: Percentage of properties that are listed as "pets welcome." In order to be included, countries needed to have at least 2,500 pet friendly properties.
Where to Stay: Supreme City Center Apartment lets pets stay for free! This accommodation is rated highly for its location and is only a short walk from Buda Castle and the Beautiful St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Tokyo is a pawesome location for your pampered pooch with fashion boutiques devoted to providing luxury accessories for your dog, delicious treats and even pet pampering. This pet friendly city also features restaurants and cafes that have menus for both you and your dog to enjoy. After stopping for something to eat take a walk in the beautiful Yoyogi Park and enjoy views of the blossom trees and fountains. In Tokyo it’s not just about the dogs, the Machida Grandberry Mall is known to be a popular meeting place for locals along with cats.
Where to Stay: Set in the Nakano district, GrapeHouse Koenji offers female-only accommodation and is a great choice for travelers interested in city walks, sightseeing and convenient public transport.
Russia’s capital city boasts history and architecture and is also home to the Moscow cat museum which is no surprise considering cats are Russia’s most popular pet. Russia even has its own National Cat day on the 1st of March every year and these furry four-legged friends can always be seen around the city of Moscow. While it may be difficult for your feline friend to join you for dinner, you can always visit one of Moscow’s cat cafes for some cute company.
Where to Stay: The Apartments on Bronnaya are ideally located in the city center making it a great choice for travelers who are keen to see the sights. These beautiful apartments come with their own kitchen so that you can feel truly at home with your adventurous pet.
Crikvenica is a Roman settlement in Croatia and the perfect destination for the traveller and pet looking to relax on this Riviera. Crikvenica is full of beautiful natural lakes and coastlines, perfect for taking a dip after a nice long walk. There is even Monty’s Dog Bar and Beach that welcomes owners and their canine sidekicks for a swim and a snack. Alongside the people-friendly food options there is also dog pizza, dog ice cream and dog herbal tea.
Where to Stay: Hotel Vali Dramalj is located a one-minute walk from the beach and provides stunning sea views of the Adriatic. After a day of puppy paddling let your pooch relax in your pet-friendly room while you visit the spa.
Melbourne is known for its wine regions and what better way to experience this than bringing your best friend with you. You’ll need to leave feline friend at home though as this wine tour is strictly for pampered pooches only. Your doggy winery tour features a massage, movie and lunch for your dog while you indulge in a wine tasting. After a day of wine tasting head over to one of Port Melbourne’s dog friendly beaches for a run around in the sun.
Where to Stay: Quest Flemington Apartment Hotels boast an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fully equipped kitchen and spacious rooms. Take your furry friend for a stroll around central Melbourne and make sightseeing arrangements at the onsite tour desk.