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Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook Paperback – May 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA Petbook
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: AAA; 13th Edition edition (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595084398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595084392
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If you think of your pet as a family member, it only follows that Fluffy should come along on family vacations. But between "no pets allowed" signs and over-the-top surcharges, it seems like your only option for accommodations is a tent. For travel anywhere in North America, those options are about to change, thanks to Traveling with Your Pet, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide for AAA-rated lodgings that welcome four-legged guests.

Most of the book reads like any standard travel book. Arranged alphabetically by state, you'll find hotels in both small towns and major cities, with a list of icons showing what amenities you can expect. Instead of descriptions of restaurants or spas, you'll find a sentence or two outlining pet policies. Here, a careful reading can save you a bundle. Although many hotels are happy to house animals, surcharges range anywhere from $5 total to $100 per night and, in some cases, only particular species of small size are accepted. This section cautions readers to confirm the current policy in advance. The last thing you want to discover upon arrival with your two labs is that the policy was changed the day before you made the reservations.

Other than these listings, information is relatively limited, but can be helpful to newcomers to the world of pet vacations. Contact information is provided for several airlines, as well as emergency animal health-care suggestions and advice for buying safe traveling equipment. Dog owners will appreciate the list of off-leash dog parks throughout the U.S., which includes rules for national parks and forests. In fact, with all its practical information, you may find this book puts your regular pet sitter out of a job! --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

AAA Published it's first TourBook in 1917 and continues to publish the most trusted travel publications today. AAA currently has over 45 million members who use our high quality publications when traveling both domestically and internationally. AAA Publishing remains the most trusted name in travel publishing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

It has all the information you need in a very easy format.
P. Miller
I loaned it to a friend who was traveling out west and they loved the book so much I gave it to them and now have to buy another copy!
Laurel M. Seese
This is a good source book if you are strictly looking for help with finding accomodations where your pet can stay with you.
Melissa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on March 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a good source book if you are strictly looking for help with finding accomodations where your pet can stay with you. There is a short chapter on travel tips-things you need to keep in mind of you are planning to take your pet along in the car or on a plane. There are also listings for national public lands in the US and Canada that allow pets as well as a listing of emergency vet clinics by states. As I stated, this is strictly a resource book. If you're looking for "fun vacation activities with your pet", you'll have to look at a different book, but this is a good starting place when you need to make reservations to spend the night somewhere while on the road.
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
We drove across East Coast to West Coast with two fairly large dogs using this book to reserve our lodgings along the way. The information was accurate and well-organized. Listings included fees charged for pets at certain rooms, so we were able to avoid any extra charges. The general information on pet travel was also useful. I heartily recommend this book to anyone traveling with a pet.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gina Spadafori on May 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I travel from CA to FL and back every year, almost a 6,000-mile roundtrip with three dogs, two of them large retrievers. I couldn't survive without the listings in this book. Pet policies do change, so make sure you have the most current edition so you're less likely to be surprised on the road.
-- Gina Spadafori, syndicated pet-care columnist and author of "Dogs For Dummies," "Cats For Dummies" and "Birds For Dummies"
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
not only does this list multiple hotels in the cities i've traveled to/from, but it lists emergency animal clinics, dog parks, and dog-friendly national parks. good-to-know stuff. it stays in my car for easy reference.
it is also more specific than most hotel websites that simply state "most pets accepted" or "some pets allowed". it will state whether or not a hotel will require you to bring a crate for Fido, and if the pet-friendly rooms are in the "designated pet rooms", and which hotels have a one-time only pet fee.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By inLA on November 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Over the past several years, I've use the AAA guide, but found that since it only lists AAA motels, I miss a lot of good places to stay. I now prefer The Pet Travel and Fun Authority, since it has twice as many listings and also entire chapters on things to do with your pet when traveling.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pet Travelers on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We are on our 3rd annual Traveling With Your Pet (8th ED.). We do quite a bit of traveling with our Miniature Austrailian Shepherd. This book is the best resource we have found for traveling with pets. The book has the usual AAA ratings for places, along with details of pet policies for each place. We have tested our book against several online sites, and although you may occasionally find a different place online which is not in this book, overall the book is the most thorough of all resources we have seen.

On knock, which is not directly related to the book, is the fact that some hotels and motels do not disclose their pet policies to AAA. For example, some put pet owners only in smoking rooms or other sub-standard rooms. Also, some hotels and motels charge $75 or more for one night as a pet fee, and in our opinion such places are not "pet friendly" and should not be in the book. So, our recommendation is to use the book as a starting place, but call to make sure the policy is as stated in the book and to make sure it has not changed since publication.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian in Austin on August 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just put this newly purchased guide to the test during a trip through parts of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas with our 60-pound dog. The hotel and motel listings are very accurate and up-to-date, so we had few surprises when calling to book rooms or arriving at properties. The only improvements I would suggest are more recommendations for outdoor dog play places (especially those that are leash-free) and for restaurants with outdoor dining areas that permit dogs. We had fairly good success improvising leash-free play zones in national forest areas off the highways and were able to find some eating places with patios or decks that permitted dogs...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura G. Lawrence on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great handbook to travelwith so that you know in advance what hotels will accept pets. I would always recommend that you call the establishment first as rules do change.
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