Moving to the USA with a dog!

A special travel diary today because after my move to London a little more than two years ago, in the middle of the 3rd French lockdown, here we are moving to Boston with my wife and with my Golden Retriever, Muffin!

And moving across the Atlantic with a pet is not an easy task! Here’s a quick overview of the general organization of this move (well, the journey part).

General organization

I obviously don’t want to talk about the logistic aspects of moving our furniture, but about the transportation of the family, namely my wife, my dog and me.

It would obviously be easier without our dog, a one-way trip from London to Boston and that was it. But here, obviously, it is much more complicated.


Transporting a pet from Paris to London was no easy task. But doing it across the Atlantic is much worse. We searched for all possible options.

The entrance of the M Gates Business Lounge of Air France, at terminal 2E of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle

You’ll find all the possible options in our how-to article on how to fly to the USA with a dog, and we opted for hold transport on the same flight as ours, but it was not easy at all.

The appetizer served inflight


For hotels, having a dog is a constraint but not a blocker. We went for the simplest option, namely two hotels that we already knew for having used them during our move to London in full lock-down: the Residence Inn Kensington, about 700m walking distance from our London home, and the Renaissance Nobel Paris Tour Eiffel located between Trocadero and Porte Maillot.

The nice decoration of the Residence Inn London Kensington

Final itinerary

Our final itinerary was:

1DiaryMoving to the USA with a dog!
2HotelResidence Inn London Kensington
3DiaryPet Taxi London – Paris
4HotelRenaissance Paris Nobel Tour Eiffel
5LoungeAir France Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Hall M
6FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles de Gaulle – Boston Logan, Boeing 787-9
Today’s itinerary
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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