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Kim Salerno is the President & Founder of TripsWithPets.com. She founded the pet travel site in 2003 and is an expert in the field of pet travel. Her love of animals combined with the need for a robust, no-nonsense pet travel site was the inspiration behind TripsWithPets.com. Kim has a great deal of personal experience traveling with pets and is a true advocate for pet travel safety. Her mission is to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling.

In addition, Kim is a veteran of the online travel industry – formerly serving as Director of Internet Marketing for Certified Vacations, where she led the marketing teams for both Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines Vacations websites.

More from Kim Salerno

Too Hot to Fly: Summer Airline Pet Embargoes

Travel and Leisure: Airline Travel • Published: May 22, 2013

If you’re traveling with your pet this summer and plan to fly to your destination, make sure you familiarize yourself with the airline’s pet embargo policy before you book your flight. During the summer, many airlines don’t allow pets aboard flights-as checked baggage or as cargo-when temperatures are high. Airline pet embargoes are in the best interest of your pet and play a vital role in ensuring his safety.

Pet Friendly Virginia Getaways

Travel and Leisure: Pet Friendly Rentals • Published: May 9, 2013

No matter what type of vacation you’re planning, Virginia is an amazing destination. Not only do many of the pet friendly accommodations welcome your pet, but they also treat him like a guest and provide special pet friendly perks. Plus, the staff is more than happy to recommend places that you and your dog can go together-making your vacation even more special. Although there are many pet friendly lodging options in Virginia, the following are just a few pet friendly accommodations where the staff loves pets as much as you do and treats them like part of the family.

Pet Friendly Getaways in North Carolina

Travel and Leisure: Pet Friendly Rentals • Published: April 25, 2013

Summer is right around the corner, and perhaps you’re already planning your vacation. If you’re like most pet parents, it’s probably difficult to imagine going on vacation without your pet. So don’t even consider that thought for a moment. With so many pet friendly accommodations, it’s easy to plan a trip that includes your pet. After all, your pet is part of the family and deserves a vacation, too. Whether you’re planning a relaxing getaway at the beach or an adventurous trip to the mountains, North Carolina offers a vast array of experiences for you and your furry companion. Not only do many pet friendly accommodations provide all of the amenities that you expect when you’re away from home, but they also offer special amenities for your pet. Although North Carolina has many pet friendly lodging options, the following are just a small sampling of this beautiful state’s pet friendly accommodations.

How to “Curb” Car Sickness in Puppies and Dogs

Pets: Dogs • Published: January 17, 2013

Much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car.

Pet Safety: Be Prepared With a Pet First Aid Kit

Pets: Dogs • Published: January 4, 2013

Dogs and cats are more than pets…they’re family. They look to us to be cared for and protected. Just like people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals, so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference.

Is Your Pooch On Santa’s Nice List? Teaching Good Holiday Doggie Manners

Pets: Dogs • Published: December 4, 2012

With the holiday season upon us, many pet parents are planning to gather friends and family for fun festive parties. Keep in mind that although you might be ready to ‘Deck the Halls’, your four-legged friend may not be. Jingle Bells, Figgy Pudding and Tannenbaum create the perfect recipe for misbehavior. The family pooch probably isn’t accustomed to lots of guests and merriment so they might be tempted to act out, if you’re not prepared. So, if you’re stressing about how to manage Fido so he doesn’t steal from the table, raid the trash, beg, jump, and whine, then ‘Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen (and Ladies)’; Santa isn’t the only one with a list this year. Check out the following simple ways to help ensure your dog is on his best behavior and is the pawfect host this holiday season.

Top 5 Hotel Pet Amenities That Score Big With Pet Travelers

Travel and Leisure: Hotels Accommodations • Published: September 20, 2012

For pet parents looking for pet travel accommodations that don’t just advertise as “pet-friendly” but have made the leap to “pet-loving”, sniff no further. There are plenty of 5-paw travel accommodations to choose from. In a recent survey of over 200 pet traveling parents it was found that pet friendly hotels & accommodations that provide the following top 5 pet-loving amenities desired by pet travelers and their pampered pets, win their business every time.

Pet Friendly Travel: How to Familiarize Your Pet With a Travel Carrier

Pets: Dogs • Published: July 24, 2012

Whether you’re planning a move with your pet, planning a getaway to a pet friendly hotel, or just taking Spot or Fluffy with you to run errands around town, making sure they are properly secured in your vehicle is essential. One of the best ways to ensure that your precious pet stays safe in your vehicle is to have him travel in a pet travel carrier…

Tips for Traveling by Car With Your Cat

Pets: Cats • Published: May 29, 2012

Amongst pets, dogs are the most frequent travelers. They account for over 85% of pet travelers. Trips to the beach, family vacations, traveling to pet friendly accommodations…no matter what the adventure, most dogs love car rides and can’t wait to hop in and hit the open road. Cats on the other hand – not so much. Most cat’s car travel takes place when they are going back and forth to the vet (no wonder they don’t like the car). However, many cat parents are faced with a big dilemma when they have to move – particularly if the move is a long distance. They are stressed at the thought of putting terrified Fluffy in the car – traveling for hours on end. In addition, a growing number of cat parents would like to include their cat in their daily travels.

Pet Road Trips: Survey Reveals Summer Travel Plans and Habits of Pet Parents

Pets: Dogs • Published: May 4, 2012

Find out what pet parents are up to this summer and what they do with their pets when traveling. Some things may surprise you!

Pet Seat Belts Save Lives

Pets: Dogs • Published: April 25, 2012

Securing your pet during car travel is essential to ensuring their safety. There are many ways to properly secure your pet in a vehicle. Buckling them up in pet seat belt is a very easy and affordable way to help ensure that your pet stays safe while traveling in your vehicle.

Pet Friendly Travel: Top 5 Moving Day Tips for Pets

Pets: Dogs • Published: April 4, 2012

It’s moving day for you and your pet! Your house is all packed up and you’re waiting for the movers to arrive. You’ve gone through your pre-moving day pet checklist…new pet ID tags – check, pet travel carrier – check, booked pet friendly hotels & accommodations – check, etc… You’re not out of the woods yet! Here are the top 5 moving day tips for pets!

Pet Friendly Travel: Money Saving Tips For Pet Road Trips

Travel and Leisure: Travel Planning • Published: March 15, 2012

We’re all feeling the crunch… with the economy slugging along and high gas prices (and by all counts – going to get much higher). We all begin evaluating where can save money while limiting the affects on our lifestyle… and our pets. Even the most extravagant pet parents are looking to save a buck where they can. And with the summer fast approaching, taking that much needed vacation or getaway with our pet is something we don’t want to sacrifice.

Pet Friendly Move: Top 10 Pre-Moving Day Tips for Pets

Pets • Published: March 15, 2012

If you’re planning a move with your pet, it’s important to do some homework and be prepared. Moving has the potential to create a lot of anxiety for pets…particularly for older pets, most cats, and skittish pets. Pre-move preparation is the key to helping ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible for your pet and you.

Pet Friendly Hotels Where Pets Stay FREE!

Travel and Leisure: Pet Friendly Rentals • Published: February 8, 2012

Not all pet friendly hotels & accommodations are created equal. Pet policies vary widely among pet friendly accommodations. Some hotels are only dog friendly; some pet friendly hotels only allow pets under 25 lbs., some have a 2 pet maximum, and almost all of them charge a pet fee – ranging from $10/night to a non-refundable pet deposit upwards of $100 (a.k.a. pet fee).

Finding Pet Friendly Hotels Along Your Travel Route

Travel and Leisure: Pet Friendly Rentals • Published: February 8, 2012

Traveling with your dog, cat or other pet is a bonding and enjoyable experience…as long as you take the time to properly plan your trip. A major part of traveling with your pet is staying at pet friendly hotels & accommodations. People that travel long distances with their pets look for pet friendly accommodations to stay at along their travel route. Finding hotels that allow pets along your route needs to be part of your pre-travel planning so you and your pet are not stuck sleeping in the car!

Pet Friendly Car Rental: What to Be Aware of When Renting a Car With Your Pet

Travel and Leisure: Car Rentals • Published: January 25, 2012

Planning a trip with your dog, cat, or other four-legged family member? Are you prepared? You have pet friendly hotels booked, airline reservation for your pet made, pet airline travel carrier bought (and pet familiarized with carrier), pet packed, and what else? Is that it? Nope, you need to rent a car. Most major car rental companies are pet friendly. That is, they allow pets to travel in their vehicles. However, all have restrictions and guidelines. Here are some common issues that people with pets face when renting a car.

Is Your Pet Winterized? Top Cold Weather Tips for Dogs and Cats

Pets • Published: January 18, 2012

Winterize my house – check, winterize my car – check, winterize my pet – what? With the full wrath of winter upon us…arctic winds, plummeting temps, snow and freezing rain (ugh), have you taken the time to be sure that your pet is winterized? That is, prepared for the frigid temps and all that goes along with it? Take note of these special precautions and tips to ensure your pet is safe and protected this winter.

How to Find a Pet Friendly Hotel

Travel and Leisure: Hotels Accommodations • Published: January 11, 2012

The human-pet bond is stronger than it has ever been. Over 65% of American households have at least one pet and these dogs, cats, ferrets and other little critters play much bigger role in families’ lives. Pets are members of the family – furry, finned, and four-legged! And when families plan vacations or take road trips, they don’t want to leave their furry family members behind. The first step is finding hotels and accommodations that allow pets.

Dog Friendly Hotels Feature: Russian River Getaways Vacation Rentals

Pets: Dogs • Published: December 15, 2011

Some dog friendly hotels and accommodations allow you to just bring your pet. The Russian River Getaways encourages it! They love to see pet guests and their families enjoying their vacation together!

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