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USA Pets
     

USA Pets

by Fodor's Travel Publications
 

Spain remains one of the world's most popular tourist destinations for its cutting-edge cuisine and superior wine, festivals like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, world-class museums like the Museo del Prado, amazing architecture, and more. In stunning full-color, Fodor's Essential Spain puts the best the country has to offer at your fingertips.

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Overview

Spain remains one of the world's most popular tourist destinations for its cutting-edge cuisine and superior wine, festivals like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, world-class museums like the Museo del Prado, amazing architecture, and more. In stunning full-color, Fodor's Essential Spain puts the best the country has to offer at your fingertips.

-EXPANDED COVERAGE: The guide features new hotels and restaurants in every region, with a special emphasis on Barcelona and Madrid. A new Need to Know feature has at-a-glance planning advice for the country.

-ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Gorgeous full-color illustrated features illuminate Spain's highlights: Gaudi's architecture, Spanish wine, tapas, flamenco, the Alhambra, Basque culture, El Camino de Santiago, the Museo del Prado, and paradores. Food spotlights introduce travelers to must-try dishes in each region and beach spotlights help them choose the best beaches.

-INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Features such as Top Attractions, Top Experiences, Great Itineraries, Top Museums, FAQs, and History You Can See make planning simple. Convenient overviews present each region and its highlights, and chapter planning sections have savvy advice for making the most of your time and getting around by car, bus, and train. The pull-out map includes close-ups of Barcelona and Madrid as well as an overview of the whole country.

-DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Essential Spain offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife.

-PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.

-INCLUDES: Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Andalusia, Seville, Granada, Santiago de Compostela, Cordoba, Toledo, San Sebastián, Valencia, Ibiza, and more.

-ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780676902075
Publisher:
Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/12/2001
Series:
Fodor's Road Guides USA Series , #1
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
4.97(w) x 8.98(h) x (d)

Read an Excerpt

Happy Traveling with Your Pet

Animals have been an important part of our family life for ages, so it's no surprise more and more people are making their pets a part of family travel. Pets can add to your travel adventures in many ways. Aside from the comfort they offer, pets also open the door to meeting new people. Animals are great conversation starters, and animal lovers are everywhere!

In return for companionship and fun, your pet will require much of your time, just as he does at home. In fact, if you elect to include him, your pet will probably be a major focus of your trip. Days must be planned keeping the pet's needs in mind. Often, this means you aren't as free to spend leisurely hours shopping or dining. Instead, you might consider hiring a pet-sitter or finding a good kennel. Sending your dog to a doggie camp or bringing a dog sitter along on your trip are other options. If you are planning a "get-away-from-it-all" sort of trip, bringing along your pet may not be a good idea.

While the number of travelers accompanied by animals is growing, some hotels are still cautious to put out the welcome mat. In some areas of the country, finding decent accommodations that accept you and your pet can be a daunting task. Be prepared to spend extra time making travel plans.

Take Your Pet or Leave Him?

When deciding whether or not to travel with your pet, try not to let your emotions take precedence over practical concerns, such as your pet's age, temperament, and health. Consider your aspirations for the trip and how you will handle the responsibility of taking care of your pet on the road. If you think it will greatly hamper your enjoyment, then it may be unfair to you both to take her along.

The best candidates for travel are pets that are even-tempered, well-behaved, sociable, and in good health. If your pet is anxious, aggressive, or is likely to be highly stressed, it is probably in his best interest to make alternative plans, such as finding him boarding or having a pet-sitter stay in your home.

While it is legal to transport an eight-week-old kitten or puppy by plane, it is advisable to wait until he or she is at least 12 weeks old. At eight weeks animals are susceptible to many more diseases because their immune systems are not fully developed. It's also important to control the environment of very young puppies and kittens so they don't have experiences that may frighten them. This is difficult to do while traveling.

Some trips are inappropriate for pets because of the environment, time of year, and nature of the journey. A friend of mine chose to take her six-year-old lab on a cross-country drive from New York to Arizona. She left at the end of June. By the time she reached the Grand Canyon it was mid-July. The heat was tough on her but almost unbearable for her dog. As a result she spent a lot of time worrying about her dog rather than sightseeing. If she had made the trip at a different time of year, it might have been a more pet-friendly adventure.

Who Should Stay
Anxious pets
Noisy, boisterous, or un-house-trained pets
Unfriendly pets
Fearful pets
If your travel plans are not pet-friendly
If weather will be uncomfortable for your pet

and Who Should Go?
Calm pets
Well-behaved pets
Friendly pets
Pets who enjoy new experiences
If your travel plans are pet-friendly
If weather permits

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