How To Travel With Pets In The Pet Blogger Challenge

Today How To Travel With Pets is taking a slight detour from the usual and participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge. Inspired by Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me, I thought it a good opportunity to take a look back and forward for How To Travel With Pets at the top of the year.

japanese boxing money doll

When Did You Begin Your Travel Blog?

How To Travel With Pets is actually my third travel blog, launched about two years after foXnoMad, right before Travel Blog Advice, and prior to Tech Guide For Travel.

What Was The Original Purpose Of Starting A Blog?

Having added a dog and cat to my travels, I decided the topic needed it’s own site I could dedicate to pet travel.

Is Your Current Purpose The Same?

Yes; hopefully continuing to help people with pets travel with and without them in the smartest ways possible.

If So, How Do You Feel You’ve Met Those Goals?

I try to make sure each of my posts answer a specific question about traveling with pets using my firsthand experience.

pet blogger challengeDo You Blog On A Schedule Or As The Spirit Moves You?

I continue to follow a schedule for all of my travel blogs, including How To Travel With Pets. Although this post is an exception, I typically post on the first of each month.

What Techniques Do You Use To Stick To It?

I maintain an editorial calendar for all of my sites, which are nice reminders to schedule out ideas for the next couple of posts. I also keep a running ‘idea-list’ where I keep a long list of possible post topics.

Are You Generating An Income From Your Blog?

Blogging is my business and my sites fund my travels – along with pug and gracefully aging cat.

If So, How?

I sell advertising across my sites, am a member of several affiliate programs, and have two travel eBooks that continue to be read.

cat typing on keyboard

What Do You Like Most About Blogging In General And Your Blog In Particular?

I enjoy writing, teaching people ways to travel smarter, and showing them places in the world they might not have yet been. I think How To Travel With Pets accomplishes those things and shows people that traveling with pets isn’t impossible.

What Do You Like The Least?

Maintaining boring tasks like taxes and budgets.

How Do You See Your Blogging Changing Or Growing In 2011?

I hope to have more international and destination-specific posts as well as more of my own photography. I don’t feel like I have enough pictures with my posts!

I encourage you other pet bloggers to take the challenge as well and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more (or less) of here on How To Travel With Pets.

[photos by: soapbeard (Japanese boxing monkey doll), aboutmattlaw (cat typing on keyboard)]

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori @ According to Gus January 10, 2011 at 15:22

Found your blog from the Pet Blogger Challenge linky. Glad we found you! We’ll be traveling with our dog, Gus this year for approximately 4-5 months and will be visiting your site for tips and recommendations!


Anil P. January 11, 2011 at 14:18

Glad to have found you as well! Hopping over to your post now 🙂


Pup Fan January 10, 2011 at 16:10

Stopping by on the hop… enjoyed learning about your blog!


Anil P. January 11, 2011 at 14:20

Thanks and looking forward to learning more about your site as well!


Amy@GoPetFriendly January 10, 2011 at 17:21

Thanks so much for participating in the challenge, Anil. You’re our hero – I hope we can fund our travels with income from our websites at some point.


Anil P. January 11, 2011 at 14:27

I am a huge, huge fan of your site and you and Rod (of course Ty and Buster as well!) I sincerely hope the best for you guys in your goals for the upcoming year. Hopefully we will cross paths at some point this year as well 🙂


Kim Clune January 11, 2011 at 18:57

Wow, Anil. I love to hear about people living off their blogs – eBooks included. Congrats and best wishes! And I’m with you about budgets and taxes. 🙂


Anil P. January 12, 2011 at 07:49

I wish I could split me and have one do the accounting, especially at this time of the year!


Shauna (Fido & Wino) January 11, 2011 at 20:55

You’re interested in photography too! I look forward to checking it out!

I’ve been hearing a lot about editorial calendars… I think I should consider that…


Anil P. January 12, 2011 at 07:50

The editorial calendar helps – I’ve noticed my brain gets going on a post well in advance if I know the topic, then when I sit down it really flows (usually!)


Vicky January 12, 2011 at 01:55

Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading more about your travels soon.


Anil P. January 12, 2011 at 07:52

Hi Vicky, thanks for dropping by – off to hop to your site now!


CindyLu January 12, 2011 at 15:54

Hi! It’s great to meet you! I’m amazed at how you’re able to work your blogging and e-books as a business to such extent you can fund your travels! A mere dream for most of us! Looking forward to reading your works…


Anil P. January 13, 2011 at 07:48

Hi Cindy, it took a very long time but not impossible for anyone 🙂


Diane @ To Dog With Love January 13, 2011 at 00:06

Good to meet you from the Pet Blogger Challenge! I also love to travel with my dog, Cosmo. We just got back from our second trip to Italy! Look forward to reading more about your travels.


Anil P. January 13, 2011 at 07:50

Hi Diane, I love how many people Pet Blogger Challenge has put together! Italy is very dog-friendly 🙂 Looking forward to hearing where the next trip will be…!


Pamela January 14, 2011 at 08:32

Always interested to learn more about traveling internationally with pets. I’m in the early planning stages to travel by sailboat with my dog. I’ve added your site to my reader so I can glean lots of information.

Glad you decided to join the challenge.


Anil P. January 15, 2011 at 12:32

Hi Pamela, funny you should mention that – sailing around the world is one of my dreams – but it’s pretty far down the road at this point. I’ll look forward to hearing how you work things out and hope to cover as many countries for you before then 😉


Montecristo Travels November 10, 2011 at 07:05

stumbled on your blog again … we share some of the same passions! Travel and pets! I’ll take the time to read some of your work and comment! Happy travels!


Anil P. November 10, 2011 at 08:12

Glad to meet you (and find your comment that got caught up in the spam filter. I apologize for that, it’s not always on its best behavior 😉


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