I'll be honest, I'm a bit of a nervous traveller as is. Maybe it's past experiences of forgetting passports (and only realising at check in- yup that does happen IRL) or the monotonous queuing with rows of people or even the pre-trip jitters (have I got everything? Do I need my laptop? Do people even email at the weekends? But what if something REALLY important happens?)- but going away, be it for a night or a week always has me getting in a bit of a tizz- and that's without throwing a puppy into the mix...

Yup.

A puppy. I've always been reluctant to take Maggie to town, away, or even to meetings; because well, she's a bit of a fidget. An adorable one at that- but she's in to everything. Like everything. So, despite knowing it'd be good to give her more experiences before her crucial two year milestone- taking her away from her comforts has always been a bit of a tricky one- which was until Aloft London got in touch, with their ARF (Animals Are Fun) campaign over National Pet Month in April...



Inviting Maggie and I to stay at their London hotel, I was a little nervous about how her first hotel stay would pan out, and to my surprise it went pretty much without a hitch. From start to finish the reception and bar staff were helpful, attentive and caring towards Maggie- making her feel at home with a bed, treats and a couple of toys too. Not only was she on her best behaviour (no accidents here)- they also recommended a couple of locals routes for dog walks. As the hotel is further east we weren't so familiar of the area- but it's incredibly handy for any airport stopovers and east end exploring (without the price tag). Aloft definitely helped me realise travelling with a four legged friend needn't be scary, and with a little bit of prior organisation can actually be a bit of a pleasure!



If you're still not convinced, here are a couple of my top tips for travelling with a little one...

Prepare: Before you go, make sure to get organised. Think of your pets routine, their feeding times, bed times (if necessary) and try and plan things so they don't become too out of their routine. Going away is one thing, and getting out of a routine is another. Make sure you have everything necessary packed (bowls, food, bags and treats)- so things will be easier along the way. Also, if you're taking public transport for the first time, factor in little toilet breaks if necessary (we chose a 'stopper' train, just in case- which although was probably unnecessary, eased our worries a little)!

Comforts: As above, this is where I'm sure the phrase 'creature comforts' comes in. If you can, try and pack a few familiarities from home to make any trips more comfortable for your pet. Maggie loves a certain pillow and blanket (not a diva, I promise) so by bringing one of those along it helped her get settled when she wasn't sure where to sleep.

Don't be afraid to ask: If you're not sure where the nearest park, green space or even train station is- don't be afraid to ask the hotel for help. They want you to have a pleasurable stay as much as you do (the less barking pups the better for everyone)- so if you have any queries it's so much easier to ask for advice as and when.

Don't worry: If all of the above sounds a little daunting; trust me it isn't! I'm the ultimate nervous Purvis and everything completely fell into place in the end; in fact it was nice knowing we'd crossed another bridge with Maggie, and knowing more trips and overnight stays are now possible is very exciting indeed!

x

Post in collaboration with Aloft London, but love of dogs, staycations and the city all very much my own

I'll be honest, I'm a bit of a nervous traveller as is. Maybe it's past experiences of forgetting passports (and only realising at check in- yup that does happen IRL) or the monotonous queuing with rows of people or even the pre-trip jitters (have I got everything? Do I need my laptop? Do people even email at the weekends? But what if something REALLY important happens?)- but going away, be it for a night or a week always has me getting in a bit of a tizz- and that's without throwing a puppy into the mix...

Yup.

A puppy. I've always been reluctant to take Maggie to town, away, or even to meetings; because well, she's a bit of a fidget. An adorable one at that- but she's in to everything. Like everything. So, despite knowing it'd be good to give her more experiences before her crucial two year milestone- taking her away from her comforts has always been a bit of a tricky one- which was until Aloft London got in touch, with their ARF (Animals Are Fun) campaign over National Pet Month in April...



Inviting Maggie and I to stay at their London hotel, I was a little nervous about how her first hotel stay would pan out, and to my surprise it went pretty much without a hitch. From start to finish the reception and bar staff were helpful, attentive and caring towards Maggie- making her feel at home with a bed, treats and a couple of toys too. Not only was she on her best behaviour (no accidents here)- they also recommended a couple of locals routes for dog walks. As the hotel is further east we weren't so familiar of the area- but it's incredibly handy for any airport stopovers and east end exploring (without the price tag). Aloft definitely helped me realise travelling with a four legged friend needn't be scary, and with a little bit of prior organisation can actually be a bit of a pleasure!



If you're still not convinced, here are a couple of my top tips for travelling with a little one...

Prepare: Before you go, make sure to get organised. Think of your pets routine, their feeding times, bed times (if necessary) and try and plan things so they don't become too out of their routine. Going away is one thing, and getting out of a routine is another. Make sure you have everything necessary packed (bowls, food, bags and treats)- so things will be easier along the way. Also, if you're taking public transport for the first time, factor in little toilet breaks if necessary (we chose a 'stopper' train, just in case- which although was probably unnecessary, eased our worries a little)!

Comforts: As above, this is where I'm sure the phrase 'creature comforts' comes in. If you can, try and pack a few familiarities from home to make any trips more comfortable for your pet. Maggie loves a certain pillow and blanket (not a diva, I promise) so by bringing one of those along it helped her get settled when she wasn't sure where to sleep.

Don't be afraid to ask: If you're not sure where the nearest park, green space or even train station is- don't be afraid to ask the hotel for help. They want you to have a pleasurable stay as much as you do (the less barking pups the better for everyone)- so if you have any queries it's so much easier to ask for advice as and when.

Don't worry: If all of the above sounds a little daunting; trust me it isn't! I'm the ultimate nervous Purvis and everything completely fell into place in the end; in fact it was nice knowing we'd crossed another bridge with Maggie, and knowing more trips and overnight stays are now possible is very exciting indeed!

x

Post in collaboration with Aloft London, but love of dogs, staycations and the city all very much my own

20 comments:

  1. such helpful hints! i feel like my dog is a little too large to travel with but these tips are very helpful if i ever muster up the courage to just ask.

    -Andréa

    A.Viza Style

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  2. Maggie is the cutest thing, ever! I love her as if she's my own (sorry if that sounds creepy, haha!). I wished where I lived, pets are allowed to go inside public transport or even hotels, but sadly that isn't the case. :(

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  3. Maggie is adorable!
    Tenz
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    xxx

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  4. Both of you look adorable! I had a bunny as a pet, years back & didn't prefer travelling with it. Loved this post!

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  5. Very useful tips. I thought about whether to take my dog this summer in Spain.

    Debb

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  6. So cute! I have two dogs I wish I could bring everywhere! Two may be a bit of a handful though...x

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  7. Very nice tips and Maggie is so cute!!

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  8. I love this! And your starry pyjamas are basically the best thing ever.

    Nikki
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  9. I love this! And your starry pyjamas are basically the best thing ever.

    Nikki
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  10. Loved all the tips! you and maggie are so adorable!
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  11. It's great to know that the Aloft acept pets too! I feel also more confortable in a hotel where cute dogs are.
    Greetings from Austria
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  12. Loved this post, Maggie is the cutest!!!

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  13. Aww so cute, your dog is adorable!!

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  14. ARF! Love the name of that campaign (: I don't have a pet, but I would really like to get one once I graduate from college and get my own place! I'll definitely keep this post in mind (: -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  15. Good tips. Wouldn't mind reading more. My little Polly hasn't traveled so far and I am a little bit scary.
    Love, Lilly
    Garden Clearance

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  16. Your dog is so cute! I want one
    xo
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  17. Maggie is so sweet. I'm not sure George would be as well behaved but might looking into Aloft as a place to go if they'll look after the pooch that well!

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  18. How do you dream to live your life. Congratulations. Beauty !!!

    Macey

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