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The cats – hippy trail overlanders or superstar jet-setters?

Tinkerbell enjoying some in-flight spa treatments

Tinkerbell enjoying some in-flight spa treatments

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.

Chauffeur-driven Divas

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 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.


Possum AKA Batman

Budget Jet-setters

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.

Superstar Jet-setters

A private jet to Malaga from Luton costs around £10,000. Move over Mariah.

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Flying the cats to Spain


4 thoughts on “The cats – hippy trail overlanders or superstar jet-setters?

  1. Tough choice – but they would be in unfamiliar territory on any of the land journeys, too – and that would be for three days. I think I would opt for the budget jet-setters package.

    Have you considered driving down and bringing them yourselves? Have a word with Tanya at …… she has travelled between the UK and somewhere near Orgiva with two dogs, so I´m sure she would give you some advice.

    Posted by Marianne | April 1, 2013, 3:33 pm
  2. Budget jet-setters would be my choice too, but it might also be worth investigating with the vet if you could “administer” some kind of calming medication prior to the journey. And if not for the cats, maybe for you!

    Posted by sew2pro | April 6, 2013, 7:00 pm


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