I can’t speak for first hand experience as a dog owner, but four the five years I was a digital nomad I traveled the world with my cat.
Traveling with a cat is easier in one way (you don’t need to walk a cat unless you want to) but in all others it is more difficult (most hotels/motels/etc that accept dogs do not accept cats; you have to carry a litter pan; People have unusual prejudices about cats that they don’t about dogs; etc, etc).
Anyway, it is certainly possible. The first step is to microchip your animal with an international compatible microchip. The next step is to research any locations you are planning on Traveling to to find out what import requirements there are, if any. If you need vaccination records for an entire year when crossing a border, you better have them or you will be separated from your animal (at best) or at the worst case scenario it could be put down.
Be prepared to pay a security deposit for your animal anywhere you stay, and to be accommodating to any imposed rules upon you for having said animal.
(In one foreign hotel, I was not allowed to leave Morgan in the room unattended, so he had to sit at my feet under the table during meals.)
And, be prepared for people to want to pet your animal, especially if your animal looks different from the ones in the country you are visiting. If the animal doesn’t have the temperament for this, you may want to invest in some sort of identifying collar or badge that warns people to stay away.
All that said, having an animal with you on your travels can be a wonderful way to help keep some consistency in your life.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Digital-nomads-how-hard-is-it-to-own-a-dog-while-living-this-lifestyle
Originally Posted On: 2015-03-23