Getting out of the house and spending a few days out of routine can be a good idea for you as well as your pet. However, because of certain restrictions (legal or otherwise) your pet might not have as many options as you do when it comes to destinations.

So if you’re really set on going on a vacation with your pet, you might want to start with these pet-friendly travel ideas first.

Local camping

If you are living near a mountain or are relatively close to a forest or lake, you might want to explore these areas first. They may not be packed with 5-star amenities, but they might just provide you and your pet with some totally refreshing experiences – mountain or jungle trek, swimming in the lake, fishing, maybe even chasing squirrels.

Just bring your camping gear, your dog jacket, your barbecue, and you’re all set. It’s simple, inexpensive, and relatively convenient. Besides, if your camping ground is close enough, you can always take a quick trip back home for some hot shower and all that.

Renting a campervan or an RV

Since most hotels do not allow pets, you’ll have a limited number of choices when it comes to accommodations. So why not rent your own RV instead? This way, you can always have a place to stay wherever you choose to go. Plus, with an onboard kitchen, you even get the luxury of being able to prepare your own food instead of sorting through restaurants or diners that will probably not allow pets. However, if you’re looking for a shower or other amenities, you might want to do a little research first before parking your RV for the night. Some BLM lands offer better amenities than others. Some even barely any, if at all.

It probably looks expensive at first, but renting an RV or a campervan eliminates the cost of hotels and eatouts. In the end, it might even be the cheaper alternative.

Backyard camping

Maybe you don’t even have to travel that far. Do you have a large enough backyard? Because if you do, you might want to explore the possibility of just camping out there with your furry companion. It’s free, definitely convenient, and it trains your pet for possible camping opportunities elsewhere in the future. Most of all, anytime you want to quit, you just step back inside the house and it’s back to normal.