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A stroll on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France on a beautiful late summer day in 2015 (above banner pic)… nothing to worry about. But we all remember the mini van incident a year later… right? With terrorist attacks in cities that we’ve considered safe, political turmoil, and natural disasters wreaking havoc, it’s easy to feel like the planet is increasingly dangerous and hate is on the […]

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  The web is awash with information on how to take photographs of your pets OR how to take great photographs while traveling. There does seem to be a bit of a gap when it comes to combining the two. So, although we are far from experts and will never be professional photographers, we have been asked by enough readers what our approach is to feel that perhaps […]

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When an article such as the one about the poor dog dying on a United Flight in an overhead bin shows up in my news feed on FB my heart breaks. It breaks for the unnecessary death of the pet. It breaks for the family that lost a loving companion in a horrible preventable way. It breaks for the airline staff that either did not know what was happening or […]

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Did you know the bipeds got married last summer? Yep! And what a day it was! A day that included loads of dogs too, because I had my own guest list! Oh yes! But first, let me tell you about the civil ceremony. I will save the spiritual wedding (held at sunset) for later. As I mentioned in our post on the epic engagement in Prague; one of the reasons […]

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I rarely do product reviews. Not because they aren’t something valuable but because it’s not really what this blog is about. But there are always going to be exceptions! So what is our criteria for Product Reviews on Montecristo Travels? 1) The company has to be offering a product we were already using, eyeing or looking at for travel reasons. If it isn’t related to travel we will not review […]

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Over the last few years we have discussed our solutions for things such as airline approved carriers, in-transit potty solutions, and of course what airlines we prefer and why. One thing we have yet to cover is the issue of food and water. There are a surprising number of regulations regarding crossing borders with either food or water – especially for air travel. When on a road trip […]

Pet Emergency Kit Content

I am actually surprised it has taken us this long to write this post. Not because we have a tendency to travel to dangerous destinations with (for example) unpredictable weather, but because Mom is an Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning professional.  As a result, this line of thinking is actually a part of our day-to-day thought process.  Not everyone has these “dark” thoughts on their mind when going on vacation but […]

Saving for travel

“The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.” –John Maynard Keynes Over time, I’ll tell you about the many things we are doing to save money for our travels, but I don’t think any of our methods will be nearly as much fun as the game the bipeds have been playing for years now. You ready? The game is “Feeding […]

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Canada/USA border crossing with a small dog is painless. Making road trips or flying between the two a relatively easy task to undertake. Especially small “carry on” dogs like me! For this post we will focus on flying as an “example” but the rules are the same. Note regarding air travel: I admit right now I have no idea how it works for flying larger dogs. I write only about […]

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Driving a convertible. The bipeds were bit by that bug on our trips to Florida. They loved it. Dad liked the sense of freedom and Mom kept leaning back to let the sun kiss her face.  Sometimes her hands would fly up in the air and she’d squeal in delight, making Dad laugh.  No one cared that their hair was getting messed up. Oh, the wind, the sun […]