If you’re one of those people who considers their dog as a member of the family and is happiest with their dog by their side, on the bed, and in the car, you probably wouldn’t even consider going on an extended vacation without your pooch. Here are 5 ideas that will make a great vacation for your whole family.

1. Look for hotels that are pet friendly. More hotels and motels are opening their doors to pets, and these rooms are available in all price ranges and styles of hotels. Do a little research online and you will find the stipulations vary greatly. Some require a refundable deposit; some simply charge more per night for the room, and some charge a deposit that is not refundable regardless of the condition of the room upon your departure.

2. Choose a destination that will allow you to have your dog with you most of the times rather than having to leave it in the room for long periods during the day, although, if it comes to that, having your dog with you each night is better than not seeing it at all for a week. If you choose a destination where you dog is not able to be with you during the day, make sure you make water available, leave the air conditioner on a comfortable setting, leave the television on low, and remember to put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door to avoid any contact with the hotel staff.

3. Rent a cottage that is pet friendly. This gives you the most control over how your family chooses to spend each day of the vacation. Choosing the mountains, or the beach or other outdoor destinations means your dog can spend large portions of each day with you. If your family enjoys, biking, hiking, and swimming and the cottage you’ve chosen allows for all of that, it will make for a perfect family vacation.

4. Arrange to house swap with family or friends in distant locales for vacation. And they probably need to be close family and good friends in order to do this successfully. This is easier on your budget than paying for a hotel or cottage and is a great incentive for both parties to clean and spruce up their homes and yards. Make sure they are aware beforehand that your dog will be vacationing with you in their home. Get permission to make minor changes to make it as dog friendly as your own home is, remembering to put those things that you’ve moved back in place before you return. And of course, leaving their home in pristine condition will likely get you an invitation for another stay next year.

5. There’s no rule that says your vacation has to be spent entirely away from home. In fact, sometimes the stress involved in the preparation for getting ready for an extended trip away from home doesn’t make it feel like a vacation. You could do a variety of day trips-some that could include your dog, and some that didn’t. But the day trips would always allow you to return home to your pooch in the evenings much like you do when you’re at work. You could also spend some of your days at home with your dog doing those things that you always envision yourself doing if you didn’t work away from your home-long walks, picnics in the park, or even a day curled up with a good book and your dog at your feet.