Whenever people ask about my experience of HomeExchange.com I’m always taken back to my very first exchange…
It was my family’s first exchange, and I was meeting up with them from the concrete jungle. But I wasn’t traveling alone. Oh no! My furry sidekick, Matilda, never passes up on an adventure so she came along too.
I’m used to traveling with her, but this time it was different. This time we were staying somewhere that would feel like a home away from home. It just so happened to be that the generous lady who we exchanged with was staying in town nearby. Rhoda offered to take care of Matilda while we were out and about: taking her on walks and making sure she was good on water. Since she had two cats of her own, we also made sure that they were taken care of as well. That was such an incredible bonus since we don’t like to leave our furry friends behind for too long, and we couldn’t thank Rhoda enough. But really… with Matilda’s cuteness overload, who wants to leave her behind anyway?
Now that my family has exchanged homes several times now I can share more insights on what to do when traveling with a pet.
As usual, you can always ask the people who you’re exchanging with any questions, but some great resources for yourself are:
Having arrived late after a major airport delay, when we came to our host’s door at 2am (oh my) Rhoda greeted us with a warm heart and welcomed us to her home. Come morning we came to discover that she had left us baskets of apples from her tree (yes, the apple tree from the first picture) for us to enjoy! First exchange was marvelous, and so reaffirming about the sense of humanity–one of the many things I truly enjoy about HomeExchange.com. I think Matilda would have to agree.
What are some of your tried-and-true tips and experiences when traveling with your pet?
Katharina Knoll, a Florida-based food, wellness and art enthusiast has enjoyed several home exchanges with her family. Enraptured by the intersection of food, lifestyle and wellness–Kat is the founder, health coach and creative at Behind Foods. Follow her blog, Katharina’s Food Adventures, and keep in touch through her Facebook fan page, Instagram and Twitter.