Meet the Gypsies: Brittany of Paws for Beer
My dog Boomer and I are road trip travelers collecting stories from the road while on a quest for great beer. We are natives of North Idaho and I focus our travels on outdoor actives because we love nature. I am always up for a brewery tour and I’ll give everyone’s brew a try whether it be from well established to unknown breweries.
1. Who are you? Where are you from? Where are you now?
2. What’s your packing strategy? Heavy or light packer? Suitcase or backpacker?
I use to have a tendency to over pack often bringing clothing I never ended up wearing while on the trip. Last year I became aware of my problem and made an effort to stop being an over packer. I bring my dog on most of my travels and I wanted to make more room for him in my truck by bringing less luggage. In order to make more room for him I paired down what I was bringing and did some laundry along the way. It worked out well. This spring I am headed to Chicago where I will only be bringing a backpack for a 5 day trip. I know that is not shocking as people travel Europe for months, even years at a time with just a backpack but it will be a big step for me as I am use to having an enormous suitcase.
3. How do you afford your travels? Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?
I afford my travels by working a full time job. I try to steer clear of luxury travel mostly because I am too red neck to fit in. And like most travelers the less money I spend the longer I can travel.
4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
If I could go anywhere tomorrow I would love to go to Ireland. It looks so beautiful and there would be so many pubs for me to visit!
5. Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?
Places I would not travel to would be if there was a war or continual rioting going on. I think that is for obvious reasons but I also would imagine that would be stressful to enjoy my time there.
6. I love animals and I love that you’ve included your dog, Boomer, in on your travels. What is the most rewarding part of this? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part of bringing Boomer along on my travels is that I get to share my experiences with him. I love planning trips and finding things that I can include him on. There are challenges however. A lot of places do not allow dogs, like National Parks. Due to that I now opt for state parks instead as they are less strict on dogs.
7. Do you ever travel without Boomer?
I do travel occasionally without Boomer, although I wish I did not have to. I have a friend with a farm where Boomer gets to play “farm dog” while I am away.
8. Your other passion is beer. A girl after my own heart. I love beer, but I don’t know a lot about it. How do you find out about different beers to try on the road?
If I told you beer did not dictate where I travel I would be lying to you. I usually visit a state or two each year and research the breweries in those states. After I get my list of breweries I check out their sites and see what kinds of beers they have. If the beers sound good I add the brewery to my itinerary. The brewery will definitely get added if they allow dogs at their establishment!
9. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?
The most adventurous thing I have ever eaten is rattlesnake – tastes like chicken
10. What tips do you have for those wanting to road-trip long-term with their dogs?
Some tips for fellow dog road trippers. Involve your dog in your travels. It won’t be any fun or safe for them to sit in the car the whole time. If you have to go somewhere where your dog is not allowed find a daycare boarding place. It gives the dog a chance to run around, meet new dogs and take a break from being in the car. Comparing our 2012 trip where I did not use daycare to our 2013 trip where I did, Boomer handled being in the car much better and longer with the daycare interjected into our trip. Lastly with a dog, always over pack. Bring more food, water and poo bags than you think you will use. Also bring a few comforts from home like some toys, maybe not their favorite toy just in case it gets lost but something for them to play with while on the road.
11. Most importantly, where to next?
I am off to Chicago Illinois and Milwaukee Wisconsin for a solo trip this spring. Boomer and I will road trip to Oregon and Colorado later this year as well. I still have two weeks of un-booked vacation time this year so I have a little more planning to do. I may end up doing another road trip with Boomer possibly into Canada via Montana. Montana is one of my most favorite states and has an amazing craft beer scene!