December 2nd, 2021

Benefits of Traveling With Your Pet During The Holidays

For many people, the holidays are packed full of presents, delicious meals, and traveling to spend time with friends and family. And while all of this is fun, it can also be overwhelming to coordinate all of these plans – especially if you have a pet.

One way to ease some of the stress of what to do with your pet over the holidays is to take them with you! Read on to learn more about the benefits of traveling with pets this time of year and some tips for trekking with your furry family member.

4 Benefits of Traveling With Pets Over the Holidays

On the fence about traveling with your furry friend this season? These are just a handful of reasons why it can be beneficial for you both:
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1. It’s Convenient

In the grand scheme of things, traveling with your pet can be much easier than coordinating separate accommodations. Rather than worry about finding a pet sitter (which is more difficult over the holidays) or finding a reputable kennel (and figuring out drop-off and pick-up times), you can simply take your pet with you!

This gives you the peace of mind that your pet is being well taken care of right by your side. 

2. It’s Affordable

How much does it cost to travel with pets? Well, that largely depends on the accommodations you find. The Briarcliff Motel never charges a pet fee, and all rooms are pet-friendly!

Rather than paying a pet sitter or kennel (which can be hundreds of dollars a day), you and your furry family member can both enjoy a room as you travel. In the long run, this is more cost-effective than paying for separate stays for yourself and your pet.

3. It May Reduce Stress

Traveling can be stressful, but our pets can help us keep calm. Time and time again, studies have shown that pets can decrease levels of stress-related hormones and lower blood pressure. Additionally, animals can reduce feelings of loneliness and boost your mood!

Having your pet by your side can help you feel at peace (and safe, especially if you’re traveling alone), and is also beneficial if your pet has separation anxiety. 

4. It Creates More Memories

When you travel with pets at Christmas, you are creating more memories with your entire family! Your pet will love being a part of holiday traditions, and your family will likely also enjoy seeing and playing with your furry companion.

Your pet may also help you make new holiday traditions, like a morning walk with your family, or help you discover a new place, like a dog-friendly brewery or festive shop.

The Berkshires: Pet-Friendly Christmas Vacations

What do you need to travel with pets successfully? Beyond the basics of food, water, a harness, and a toy or two, you need pet-friendly accommodations.

Luckily, the Berkshires offers some of the best and most affordable pet-friendly accommodations in the state. The Briarcliff Motel is the perfect place for holiday travelers to stay with their furry friends, no matter if they’re just passing through or spending the week in Western, MA.

Contact Us Today!

Contact us today at 413.528.3000 for more information on our rooms, rates, and activities to do with your pet in the Berkshires this holiday season.