If you haven't seen yesterday's post, go check it out first!
Okay, so this post is all about our upcoming trip to Europe. I'll answer the questions y'all have (including a few from Instagram), explain our rough itinerary, and share what I've done so far to prepare. Let's get right to it!
The most frequent questions were if we are moving to Europe, and if not, if we're still planning on moving out of Florida. To answer the first: no, we aren't moving there. Unfortunately! Maybe someday....
As to the second: yes, we'll still be moving out of Florida eventually.
A few people were curious as to the process of taking Nola overseas, and it's surprisingly straightforward*. To make a long story short, your dog needs:
- An ISO compatible microchip (a tattoo is not longer acceptable)
- A rabies vaccine administered after the chip is inserted, given no sooner than 21 days before departure
- A Veterinary Certificate issued by your vet and endorsed by your local APHIS/USDA office
- Once there, a vet in the country you arrive in must issue an EU pet passport. This allows your pet to travel within the EU.
*This is US based information for traveling to Europe with an adult dog, and some places require additional measures (like deworming 1-5 days prior to arrival), like the UK. Always check the embassy for the countries you're going to, and do your research!
This next two weren't asked, but I figured I'd answer anyway. The other dogs are staying with an in-home pet sitter, one we know well and is competent.
Yes, I'll be blogging throughout it! I'm going to try to stick to my 6 days a week schedule, but I can't promise that. However, I'll share most everything with you all!
The Basic Itinerary
To be perfectly honest, I don't have a set itinerary. This is a remarkable journey, and I don't want it crammed into a checklist. That said, there's a few for sure places, some probably places, and a few maybe places.
We will, for certain, visit France and Italy. We'll most likely make Italy our home base, spending only a week or so at a time elsewhere before returning. For France, we'll be seeing Paris without a doubt. Not sure what else yet!
We'll probably see Scotland, Switzerland, and Ireland.
We may or may not go into Spain, Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Portugal or Greece.
I may do a few giveaways where you guys suggest where we should go and why. If we pick it, you'll win...something. ;)
We'll be embarking on this trip the first part of October, and coming home in early January of 2017.
I have been scouring blogs like Dog Jaunt, Gigi Griffis, and my personal favorite, Montecristo Travels. All three are fantastic for information and advice on international travel with a small dog, and have been a huge help.
I'm going to be doing weekly or bi-monthly posts as we progress, how I'm preparing Nola, all that good stuff. Looking forward to sharing it all with you!
- Dachshund Nola