Everything You Need To Know About Pet Travel

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When you’re planning a vacation, making arrangements for a pet can be stressful. Finding a caretaker, finalizing plans, and leaving your beloved animal behind can be stressful for you and your pet.

Pet travel is easier than you might think. Whether you drive or fly, there’s a way for your dog or cat to come along. Many hotels and short-term rentals are also pet-friendly.

Here’s what you need to know to make your next vacation pet-friendly.

Pet Travel Tip #1: Visit The Vet

No matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, it’s important to ensure your pet is in good health. Making sure your animal is caught up on its vaccines and has enough medication is a crucial first-step before your trip.

If you’re flying to your destination, many airlines also require your vet to sign a health certificate. This document certifies your animal is healthy and includes general information about your pet, along with comprehensive vaccination records. Airlines typically require this certificate to be issued close to your departure date. Delta Airlines, for instance, says the document should be issued within 10 days of your travel date.

Even if you’re traveling by car, or don’t need a health certificate, it’s still a good idea to see your veterinarian. If Fluffy or Fido gets anxious, you can get medication to make the trip a little easier. It’s also a good idea to get extra flea and tick medication, especially if you’re going somewhere wooded.

Pet Travel Tip # 2: Know Before You Go

Once your cat or dog is cleared for takeoff, it’s time to prepare for the trip.

If you’re taking your animal on a plane, contact the airline or visit their website to learn what airline-specific rules you’ll need to follow. Also be sure to check your destination for any requirements.

Common airline restrictions include:

  • Animal breed restrictions: Make sure your dog’s physical characteristics don’t place it on the no-fly list.
  • Plane restrictions: Certain aircrafts have restrictions on which seats are available for pet owners, due to space limitations. For instance, United doesn’t allow animals in the premium cabin on many planes.
  • Kennel size regulations: Many airlines have requirements on the size and material of animal carriers.
  • Extreme temperatures: To keep your pet safe, many airlines won’t transport them to certain destinations when temperatures aren’t within an acceptable range.

If you’re taking your pet on a road trip, take the time to gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carrier or harness to keep your pet safe in the car
  • Leash
  • Food, water, and dishes
  • Toys
  • Medicine
  • Your pet’s favorite blankets or bedding
  • Plastic bags, litter, or other waste removal supplies

When you’re traveling with your pet, think about positioning them so they have room to look out the window. You might also want to seat them where you can reach back to pet and reassure your animal.

Pet Travel Tip #3: Arrive In Style

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It should go without saying, but don’t try to sneak your pet into a room. Many of the short-term rentals PC Housing offers welcome pets, as do many hotel chains.

When you get to your vacation getaway and unpack your pet’s food, water, bedding, and other supplies, take a minute to show them around. It will help your animal feel at home and relax.

Once you and your pet are settled, it’s time to enjoy your vacation! PC Housing offers short-term housing for vacation and business travelers in most major American and Canadian cities. Contact us today to find the perfect home away from home for you and your pet.

Vacation Somewhere Unexpected With These 3 Destinations

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Summer is almost here, so you’re probably wondering, “Where should I go on vacation?”

Before you book your flight and pack your bags for New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, check out these three underrated destinations.

Milwaukee, Boise, and Kansas City may not be the first places that come to mind for a summer vacation, but they’re definitely worth a second look. Each of these cities boasts vibrant culture, a plethora of gorgeous scenery, and a robust food and drink scene.

Learn more about each of these cities and head somewhere unexpected this year.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Where should I go on vacation? Milwaukee

There’s more to Milwaukee than brats, beer, and Brewers baseball. Known as the City of Festivals, this Midwestern city offers a diverse mixture of reasons to celebrate.

Milwaukee is home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. With more than 800 bands playing in 11 days, there’s something for everyone. Artists on the bill for 2017 include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Zac Brown Band, The Shins, and a host of other musicians spanning every imaginable genre.

Don’t fret if you can’t make it for Summerfest, or if music isn’t your scene. There’s something going on nearly every weekend along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Check out Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, Mexican Fiesta, or festivities celebrating nearly every culture imaginable.

Boise, Idaho

 

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A hidden gem of the mountain West, Boise is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Take a walk along the banks of the Boise River, or hit the trails in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Art aficionados won’t want to miss the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Known as a “living museum,” the grounds are filled with a variety of plants that bloom year-round. The gardens also host a variety of cultural events, including a summer concert series.

The Idaho capital is also home to one of the largest Basque communities in the United States. Located in the center of the city, the Basque Block is jam-packed with cultural offerings, food and drink, and art.

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Where should I go on vacation? How about Kansas City?

Kansas City is synonymous with jazz music and BBQ, and for good reason. The Missouri city is chock-full of live music venues and renowned restaurants.

Enjoy a taste of the city with heaping plates of smoked meat smothered in the signature spicy-sweet sauce. Arthur Bryant’s, Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue are all local favorites.

The historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, located just east of downtown, is an internationally known hub of jazz music. Visit the American Jazz Museum to see Charlie Parker’s saxophone, one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets, and many more musical artifacts. While you’re there, be sure to take in the sounds of the city at the Blue Room, located inside the museum.

No matter where you travel this summer, you won’t have to leave the comforts of home behind. PC Housing offers fully furnished apartments for all of your short-term housing needs across the United States and Canada. Get in touch with us today and let us find you your home on your next trip.

Check Out These Great San Diego Museums in Balboa Park

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One of San Diego’s most-visited spots is Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre park that ranks as one of the country’s oldest. Much of its beautiful Spanish architecture was built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition. Nowadays, most of these buildings house museums — in fact, there are a whopping 16 museums in the park. Here are the San Diego museums to put on your list.

Natural History Museum

Two words: dinosaur skeletons. One of the oldest museums on the West Coast, the Natural History Museum allows you to get the closest you’ll ever get to standing beside a dinosaur. That’s just one of the many reasons you should have the Natural History Museum at the top of your list if you’re visiting Balboa Park.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to trace the fossil history of Southern California back to prehistoric times. Other exhibits focus on the region’s great biodiversity. Thanks to the museum’s most-recent expansion, there’s also a state-of-the-art 3-D theater. Unlike some of the smaller museums in Balboa Park, you can easily make a full day out of this one.

dinosaur skeleton in a museum

Museum of Man

The Museum of Man is the first museum you encounter when you enter the park via the arched bridge along El Prado. The museum is in the building that boasts the famous California Tower, a well-known San Diego landmark. The Museum of Man revolves around human history, or anthropology. During the Panama-California Exhibition, it housed an exhibit called “The Story of Man Through the Ages.” Its exhibits today tell the same story, occasionally with a specific focus on the San Diego area.

The Museum of Man includes a second building across the street which houses a separate rotating exhibit with an additional admission fee. For the foreseeable future, this exhibit revolves around the interesting and disturbing subject of cannibalism. As part of the exhibit, there’s even a web-based game based on the infamous, ill-fated Donner Party. Check it out, unless you don’t have the stomach for the topic.

Air & Space Museum

The Air & Space Museum, along with the adjacent Automotive Museum, isn’t along El Prado and was actually built much later. But while the building itself may not be much of a beauty to look at, it’s what’s inside that counts. Real-life airplanes and space vessels are here for you to explore, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the flight simulators. They cost a few dollars extra, but it’s definitely worth it. After all, exploring new frontiers is what this museum is all about.

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San Diego Museum of Art

Art fans should put the San Diego Museum of Art on their must-visit list. The museum’s collection highlights art from all corners of the world, spanning many different eras. From paintings to sculptures, from German expressionism to 1700s Venetian art scene, you’ll find it all at San Diego’s best traditional art museum.

Those who are fans of more modern, mixed-media arts should check out the San Diego Art Institute, which is also located in Balboa Park. The exhibits here often combine aspects of photography, video and sound to form cohesive pieces of installation art. Balboa Park is also home to the Timken Museum of Art. which is free to enter.

Get In For Free

This might not help you if you’re visiting San Diego on business, but we should mention that every Tuesday, a handful of Balboa Park museums are free to San Diego County residents and active military personnel. You can see which museums are free on which Tuesdays here. (Also, in early December each year, the museums are free as part of the December Nights festivities).

 

PC Housing is proud to be based in San Diego, where museums are just one of many standout attractions. We provide short-term housing to business travelers across the U.S. and Canada. Get in touch with us and let us find the right home for you on your next trip.

Your Guide to Some of the Best San Diego Beaches

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One of Southern California’s biggest draws is that you can head to the beach year-round. Sure, the water might get a little chilly in winter, but head to any beach in San Diego County and you’ll see that doesn’t stop people. San Diego’s beaches and their surrounding communities range from the super upscale digs of La Jolla to the more youth-oriented, laid-back vibe of Ocean Beach, and everything in between. Here’s our rundown of some of the best San Diego beaches. Read the rest of this entry »

Tee Off at the Best Golf Courses in Las Vegas

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We all know that Las Vegas lies deep in the desert, surrounded on all sides by vast, dry landscapes. But you’d never know this from the well-maintained fairways of the city’s many golf courses. For a desert city, there are an astonishing number of golf courses in the Las Vegas area — dozens, in fact. This is great news to golfers visiting the city on business. To help those looking to tee up while in town, here’s a bit more about golf courses in Las Vegas to help out.

According to Golf Magazine, Las Vegas holds its own against other golf destinations thanks to the ability for golfers to play a high-quality course for a reasonable price. Three Vegas-area courses made it onto the magazine’s list of the 100 best courses open to the public. Let’s take a look at each. Read the rest of this entry »

Santa Cruz Tourist Attractions You Can’t Miss

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About an hour south of San Francisco is Santa Cruz, a quirky beach city known for surfing, its famous boardwalk and its role in American history as a center of the counterculture movement. It’s a major stop for tourists, and once you visit, you’ll see why. Here are some Santa Cruz tourist attractions you can’t miss when you visit.

Walk the Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk may be the city’s most popular attraction. Now in its 110th consecutive year of operation, the boardwalk is California’s oldest amusement park. The family-owned boardwalk is home to roller coasters and other thrill rides, as well as more kid-friendly attractions and the usual carnival games. You’ll also find miniature golf, laser tag and a good variety of arcade games at the park, which covers 24 acres along Monterey Bay.

The rides require tickets, which can be purchased individually. A full-year pass for all rides is just $81.95 — about what you might pay for a single day of entry to some amusement parks. Read the rest of this entry »

A Full Day of Fun Things to Do in La Jolla

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La Jolla is located within San Diego city limits, but it feels like a small, beautiful town of its own. Its name comes from a Spanish word for “jewel,” and it really is the jewel of the city — a charming, upscale hillside community surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. If you have a day to spend here, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Here are some of our favorite things to do in La Jolla.

Breakfast (or Brunch) on the Cove

It isn’t hard to find a good restaurant in La Jolla, but if you’re there in the morning, we suggest Brockton Villa. If it’s nice out (and when is it not in San Diego?), you can sit on the patio right across the street from La Jolla Cove, a beach filled with neat caves and cute seals. It’s a perfect way to start the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants

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For many visitors, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is the crown jewel of the city. The San Diego Convention Center brings in folks from around the globe for huge events like Comic-Con and business conferences of all kind. When the conference lets out for the day, many visitors walk across the train tracks to Fifth Avenue, the primary stretch of the Gaslamp. How do you choose from dozens of restaurants within a short walk, and how do you avoid those that are overpriced tourist traps? The guide to Gaslamp Quarter restaurants will help. Read the rest of this entry »

Why a Short-Term Business Rental Is Your Best Option

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Regular business travelers become all too familiar with hotels, and it doesn’t take long for the downsides to pile up. No place to cook, not enough space, no privacy, no easy access to outside — the list goes on. Ordering room service or eating out all the time gets quite pricey, too.  However, there’s a solution to consider: a short term business rental. Here’s why it’s your best option.

A Short Term Business Rental Offers Privacy

Staying a hotel is, quite literally, living in a community of fellow travelers for the length of your stay. You can spend top dollar on a great hotel room, but it will never feel like a home. After all, you probably walk by a front desk on your way in and out, and the only way to keep a stranger out of your room is to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. Read the rest of this entry »

Hit the Road For These Gorgeous Spring Drives

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Flying is definitely convenient, but there’s no better way to see America than by hitting the road yourself and taking in the sights. Now that it’s officially spring, lots of places across the country are looking particularly beautiful. Travel & Leisure has put out a gorgeous slide show list of some of the best spring drives across the country. Here are a few of the spring drives you should try to work into your travels:

See the Texas Bluebonnet Spring Bloom

Are your travels taking you in or around Austin this spring? If so, you’re in luck, because not far from the quirky Texas capital are some stretches of highway surrounded by gorgeous bluebonnets, the official state flower. Just head west from Austin on Route 290 to Johnson City, and then north to Burnet, which has the distinction of being the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas. Read the rest of this entry »