Getting our cats, Tinkerbell and Possum, from London to Spain is probably the most logistically challenging part of our trip. Overland or by air? Private chauffeur or private jet?
The Hippy Trail Overlanders
Overland by van from the UK to Málaga – takes three days in an ex-police van, specially adapted for cats and dogs. Hanging out with an ecletic mix of funky felines and doggy dogsters – pet paradise or pet purgatory? Mixed reviews online and a horrible story online of dogs who died. Costs around £600 for both cats.
Picked up from their front door in London and dropped to their new front door in Órgiva three days later – and we get to tag along for the ride. Could be a brilliant family adventure or ‘Mog Missing on Motorway’ misery. Great reviews online. Costs around £1500-2,000 for the whole family with petchauffeur.eu who stood out from others – and have never lost a mog on a motorway to date or ever intend to. You can also take a few belongings – more than you might get on a plane.
Thompson, Monarch and British Airways carry pets as ‘cargo’ – strictly regulated by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Breakfast in London and lunch in Órgiva is appealing. Or a bit grim to be alone in the hold with just each other and perhaps a lonely iguana for company? Good reviews online. Costs £300-550 for both cats.
A private jet to Malaga from Luton costs around £10,000. Move over Mariah.