We take our pet cat on trips around the world and she loves it

We take our pet cat on trips around the world and she loves it

Feline adventurous! We take our pet cat on all our travels across Europe and the US and she loves it

A curious cat has been broadening her horizons after spending the last two years travelling the world with her owners.

Hélène Vincent, 34, who works in education technology, and her wife, Alice, 38, who works in insurance, both from Boston, have been taking their cat Bao Zi, six, a half Maine Coon rescue, on trips around the world.

The trio of travelers have been nomad living for the last two years and have so far visited five countries, 45 states and 22 national parks.

Inspired by their love of freedom and spontaneity the couple encouraged their cat’s curiosity to see and experience new things all over America and Europe.

Hélène said: ‘The most amazing part is the chance to experience the world through her eyes.

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‘We always want to keep a close eye on her to keep her safe, we have to be super in the moment when hiking outdoors which is fantastic. 

‘She explores the world from a different vantage point, she also helps us notice things we wouldn’t notice otherwise.

‘We absolutely love the freedom and spontaneity. We move almost every week and only decide on our next destination about five days in advance.

‘We started this lifestyle back in Covid when our jobs both went remote. Before, we had lived in the city and always felt like something was missing from our life.

‘Despite this feeling of unease, we couldn’t pinpoint what was causing it. During Covid, we took longer and longer trips and realized that we had never been happier than being out in nature with a frequently changing home.

‘She used to be a very anxious cat who was afraid of everything. During our first trip, she spent the first couple of days nervous in the car but gradually got used to it.

‘We didn’t want to have a litter box in the car so we got a harness so she could do her business outside like a dog. She enjoyed walking on the leash during her bathroom outings and eventually she was the one who started taking us on walks.’

According to Hélène, Bao Zi is more like a dog than a cat as she is super curious, adventurous and very attached to the couple.

The couple use a carrier backpack for Bao Zi when she gets tired, and keep her on a leash so she can explore safely

Bao Zi and Hélène taking in the views during a recent adventure. Hélène and Alice have taken to the nomad life after the coronavirus pandemic

She is also a very easygoing traveler and has no trouble flying long distances because she loves her little carrier backpack and feels safe tucked away under the seat on flights.

Hélène said: ‘We’ve never had to use it, but I do carry a travel litterbox just in case, however, because she goes to the bathroom on a leash like a dog, she prefers that over the litterbox.

‘When we arrive at our destination, we quickly find some dirt for her to dig around in.

‘She loves car rides and just falls asleep until we get to our destination.

The couple have a travel litter box on hand for Bao Zi, and say the cat has been happier and healthier than she's ever been since they've started taking her on their travels

Bao Zi is an easygoing traveler who can fly long distances and has already been to France and Italy

‘She’s happier and healthier than she’s ever been. She used to have all kinds of medical problems that cleared up when we started travelling with her at four years old.

‘We’ve spent the last two years as digital nomads travelling to 45 states and five countries and our kitty has been with us every step of the way.

‘We are currently in Paris and Italy. We will then travel to the American Southwest for a few months in Arizona and New Mexico.’

The trio’s favorite locations have been, Utah, because Bao Zi loves the desert, especially the slot canyons, Arkansas, with Bao Zi loving long kayak trips and France, which is a ‘super pet-friendly country so the cat was welcome in cafés, stores, and even museums.’ 


Claire Toureille

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