The generation gap between millennials and members of Generation X and Baby Boomers is evident in several important things: their relationship with parents and their jobs, their relationship with their pets, as well as their attitudes and interest in travelling. Millennials find it neither strange nor embarrassing to take some time off work and travel for a while; and when they do, they often take their furry friends along. We give you a list of the most popular pet-friendly destinations for enthusiastic millennial travelers and their four-legged companions.
Anyone in love with country music will wish to visit Tennessee, but for those who want their dog to experience true freedom and meet plenty of other dogs should put Nashville on top of their travelling list. It may come as a surprise, but Nashville has about 75 dog-friendly patios where your pupper will be able to roam and explore and spend time with other dogs. What is more, over 50 hotels are pet-friendly too, meaning that you and your dog will have a nice place to stay and cuddle. Take them to the Trails at Fontanel which is just ten minutes away from downtown and walk the two-mile path through the woods where you can play fetch.
Even though Europe has a lot of pet-friendly destinations, Scandinavia is definitely the most inviting one, especially if your dog isn’t afraid of a bit colder weather. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have a strict pet policy, which means that your dog has to be healthy and you have to be prepared to do a bit more paperwork; but it’s worth it. Norway’s fjords are downright magical, and you can tour them via cruise liner, while your furry baby will be treated as a fellow passenger. What’s more, the capital of Norway, Oslo, has a number of pet-friendly hotels which means that you won’t have any problems finding the right accommodation. Still, keep in mind that many restaurants aren’t pet-friendly, so you might want to use an app to pick the one where you and your dog will be able to dine in peace.
For those who are in need of some serious beach-time with their pup, Victoria is the perfect destination. There are many dog-friendly beaches out there which will allow you to have fun in water and sand with your dog, but keep in mind that there are some where you will have to keep your dog on a leash. Gippsland is an incredibly popular destination for it has a number of inviting beaches, and the best thing is that a great deal of them is pet-friendly. Paynesville is a place where pretty much all beaches are pet-friendly, and those that aren’t are clearly marked as such.
While there are parts of Ireland which aren’t too pet-friendly, Dublin is by far considered to be the best destination for those travelling with their dogs. A great number of restaurants and cafés will be happy to accept both you and your pupper, but keep in mind that they have to be kept on a leash, and that you will likely be offered a set on a terrace or a patio. Hotels and hostels are often pet-friendly too, but don’t forget to call or write them an e-mail in advance to make sure that your dog is welcome. Walking trails cut through sheep country and you have to pick the one that doesn’t if you want to go for a walk with your dog: Killarney National Park and Wicklow Mountains (Wicklow Way excluded, mind you).
Millennials have a special relationship with their furry friends, and they usually travel together. It doesn’t come as a surprise, then, that a great number of resorts, hotels, and restaurants have started changing their pet policies and inviting their guests to bring their dogs along.