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Everything You Need To Know About Pet Travel

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

pet travel: dog in car

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

pet travel: dog at beach

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.

Check Out These Great San Diego Museums in Balboa Park

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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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.

Tee Off at the Best Golf Courses in Las Vegas

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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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. (more…)

A Full Day of Fun Things to Do in La Jolla

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

la jolla beach

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. (more…)

Your Guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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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. (more…)

Hit the Road For These Gorgeous Spring Drives

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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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. (more…)

5 Las Vegas Casino Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

las vegas sign

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time on the Las Vegas Strip or your 50th — it’s easy to end up stuck in a tourist trap, lost in a huge crowd of folks. Here are a few Las Vegas casino tips to help you navigate the Las Vegas Strip like a pro.

Learn the Games

This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many folks put money down on a table because the game looks interesting — but they don’t really know how it’s played, let alone how to bet wisely.

Most of the big casinos actually offer free gambling lessons. You can find a schedule here. This way, you’ll know what you’re getting into when you pull your wallet out. Even if you think you’re already a pro, it might be worth swinging by a lesson to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. (more…)

4 Fun Things to Do in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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On the eastern shores of the Mississippi River, just across the water from Minnesota, lies La Crosse, Wisconsin. This city of roughly 50,000 is not huge, even by Wisconsin standards. Though it may be somewhat smaller, it is full of character, quality-of-life and business opportunities. So, if business travel brings you there, here are a few things to do in La Crosse, Wisconsin. (more…)

Outdoor Spring Activities in San Diego to Enjoy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

flowers in spring

Spring is approaching in San Diego, and while we know that winter in Southern California isn’t much to recover from, it’s still an exciting time. Flowers will be blooming and more folks will be spending time outdoors. If you’re going to be in town this spring, you need to take advantage of this. To help you out, here are a few spring activities in San Diego to get you out and enjoying the beautiful climate. (more…)

A Hidden Texas Gem: Things to Do in Abilene

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

texas flag

Often overlooked in the enormous state of Texas is Abilene, a sizable city in the central-northern part of the state. There are lots of engaging and active things to do in Abilene if you are visiting — and not just eat delicious barbeque (though you should do that, too). Here are a few neat things to do in Abilene: (more…)