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Traveling Around the World with Your Dog

The Best Countries to Visit with a Pooch in Tow

Traveling can be so much fun especially when done with the rest of the family. But if you have to leave your dog behind simply because the destination you’re going to clearly doesn’t have the dog-friendly atmosphere that other countries have, scrap this from your list and start planning your next trip to any of our list of the best countries to visit with your canine friend.

France

The French are clearly passionate with anything and everything about life. France has consistently been ranked as the best country to go to if only to give your pet the time of its life. Whether it’s a supermarket, a shopping center, bar, or even a restaurant, you’ll never see any sign that says “No pets allowed”. Instead, they’ll be greeting your furry friend with open arms. Some public places even have their own “loo points” where you’d be given bags with which to pick up your canine’s mess. Unlike the US where there are laws or ordinances that restrict your dog’s freedom, you can let your four-legged friend run free in Francia.

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Germany

The people of Deutschland love their dogs. They’re one of very few countries that do not have no-kill shelters. Instead, they’ll pamper every animal that will seek refuge in any of their animal shelters. Each dog that ever lands in a shelter is given a daily dose of exercise, plenty of socialization with other dogs and humans, and a well-designed pet training program. Because of the Germans’ unconditional love for their hounds, it is not surprising that dogs that are destined to be euthanized in other countries are brought to Germany to have a second lease on life. Everyone deserves a new beginning.

Scotland

With so much open space, Scotland is a must-see destination for dog owners who like to travel. This is a wonderful walkie location with thousands upon thousands of square miles of wilderness to explore, from high mountains and monroes to white sandy beaches and loch paths. Scotland is truly a first class holiday destination for enjoying the great outdoors. Dogs are very welcome at many hotels, B&Bs and self catering vacation accommodation from the Highlands to the Islands and through the great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. This online guide has some fantastic dog friendly options in Scotland.

Austria

A haven for animal rights advocates, Austria is a land that is strongly against animal cruelty. Not one store will ever sell dogs or cats or any other animal. Anything that can inflict harm on dogs such as shock collars, prong collars, and even invisible fences is a big no-no. For Austrians, dogs are venerable members of the family; as such these four-legged family members are always part of the family’s daily activities. So, when you do decide to hit the streets of Vienna or even Salzburg, you can easily let your dog run loose.

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Switzerland

Switzerland is not only famous for the Alps, fine watches, and chocolates. It’s also a favorite destination among pet parents who want to lavish their dogs with the best of what this Alpine country has to offer. Switzerland has one of the strictest guidelines when it comes to pet ownership. Unlike other countries where anyone can technically own a pet, the Swiss take pet parenthood very seriously. One needs to undergo a battery of programs and tests to determine their suitability as pet parents. Every pet parent is also required to have a pet insurance. It should really be a great destination for you and your pet.
It would be great to visit all of these countries for your pet’s sake. If not, you can always go to any one of them.

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Things You Really Have to Do When You Visit Nepal

Known as the roof of the world with eight of the world’s highest peaks located within its borders, Nepal is not just a mountain climber’s paradise. It is also home to some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes, adventure trails, and national parks that could see you being much closer to nature than any other country. And if you do plan to make Nepal as your next destination, make sure to include these must-do things when you get to the roof of the world.

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Marvel at the Ancient Temples of Patan

With a history that dates as far back as 250 BC, the town of Patan along the Bagmati River is a cultural anthropologist’s dream destination. It has more temples than the larger city of Kathmandu or even Bhaktapur including the famous Kumbeshwar Temple and Golden Temple. Unfortunately, a good number of ancient temples in Patan were badly damaged if not totally destroyed in the 2015 Nepal quake.

Learn Kayaking on the Seti River

It’s not the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, but the Seti River has long been considered as one of the best places to learn whitewater kayaking. It’s a 4-day spectacle that starts at the scenic Phewa Lake moving along the Lower Seti and finishing in the shores of the Chitwan National Park. It’s the best starting point for kayakers who want to challenge themselves to conquer many of the treacherous whitewater river systems of the Himalayas.

Go River Rafting with the Family on the Bhote Koshi

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If you came with your family, a ride on one of Bhote Koshi River’s whitewater river rafting outfitters should give you the kind of experience that even the Grand Canyon cannot match. Take the 2-day whitewater river rafting package and get a first-hand experience why people around the world consider this to be the best. If you don’t have the time, you can always go for shorter yet equally adventurous river trips.

Be One with the Tigers of Bardia

Home to one of Asia’s largest tiger habitats, the Bardia National Park is a haven for animal lovers especially when they spot a one-horned rhino feasting on the brushes or even a parade of elephants. Be very watchful of the river dolphins of the mighty Ganges swimming together with crocodiles. There are more than 250 bird species in the national park including the Bengal floricans and sarus cranes. Of course, a trip to the Bardia will never be complete if you cannot spot the mighty Bengal tiger with its deep orange with black stripes coat.

Explore Pokhara

Pokhara is a lakeside town that comes with its own natural beauty including spectacular fishing grounds, trails for mountain biking, and numerous hiking trails. It’s the perfect place to go sunbathing while some of your more adventurous travel companions can go paragliding. It’s one of those places that you will never want to leave as it has the best mix of nature, activities, and the chance to find inner peace.

Nepal may be a small country, but its beauty is superlative in every meaning of the word.

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Budget-Friendly Travel Destinations in 2018

Who says that only the rich can afford to travel the world? Satisfy your wanderlust this 2018 without spending beyond your budget. Discover places that are not yet blemished by modernization. Prices are amazingly low and you will be able to stick to your budget with a little extra to buy some souvenirs. Here are the best budget-friendly destinations in 2018.

Tallinn, Estonia

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If you are looking forward to enjoying Mother Nature, learning some history, staying in affordable accommodation, eating good food, and doing some exploration, then Tallinn must be your next travel destination. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the oldest towns in Northern Europe. You can explore this town on foot, and do some sight-seeing along the way. Staying in dorms or private homes will cost you very little. Tallinn is famous for its tasty and affordable street food. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a hearty delicious meal. You can also enjoy food and cooking tours at reasonable prices.

In Tallinn, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Baltic Sea, visit museums, and go on a bike tour. One popular attraction in Tallinn is the underground passages that date back from the 16th century. These tunnels were believed to be the hiding places of the soldiers and their ammunition every time Russian warriors would attack.

With everything that it offers at budget-friendly prices, Tallinn is an ideal travel destination for 2018.

Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira is a port city and resort found on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. While some tourists avoid it during the summer season because of the strong wind coming from the Atlantic, wind and kite surfers consider It a paradise as the rough sea becomes their playground. The best time of the year to visit is during autumn and spring. Food is very affordable and delicious, especially the seafood that has just been brought in from the sea. You can stay in the traditional Moroccan homes and palaces called “riads” and experience living in great comfort and luxury at very low rates.

The view is fantastic. The golden beaches and the crowded sea-colored boats make up its picturesque harbor. Explore Skala de la Ville, which is featured in the “Game of Thrones” as the Astapor. A visit to this lovely place will be within your budget.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is a lovely city in Scotland. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, this is your chance to see the place where JK Rowling wove the tales about witches and wizards and about the magical school of Hogwarts, the Scottish castle where students study how to do magic.

Stroll the streets of West End and breathe in the bohemian atmosphere as you shop in one of its boutiques or have a cold drink in the numerous pubs and bars. If you know where to look, you can easily find a dorm or a private accommodation that will not exceed your budget. Food is budget-friendly at £5 for a hearty and delicious meal.

Consider these three affordable destinations in Europe if you are traveling on a tight budget. Accommodation and food are reasonably-priced and most tourist attractions offer free admission. For more inspiration read travel guide book Lonely Planet’s list of the top ten best value places to visit in 2018, or find some more great ideas in this video below: