Knock knock, tap tap, hello to all the hotels and bed and breakfasts out there that are not welcoming to pets. We’re traveling with dogs no matter what and if you extend the welcome mat to our pets, we’ll spend our money there. Really. So just how many people travel with pets?
One of the biggest travel sites online, TripAdvisor, revealed results of their pet survey of over 1,000 animal owners in the United States. Forty-nine percent of pet owners in the survey said they plan to travel with their pets within the next 12 months. Almost 500 people traveling with their pets, in an economically stagnant economy. There are millions of us doing it; this is just one survey.
Where are these fellow pet travelers staying? About 56 percent will stay in hotels, which is up from the 51 percent of last year, while another 35 percent plan to stay in vacation rentals, again up from 24 percent last year. As someone who has traveled with dogs for the past 20 years (I’ve only been on a few business trips without a dog, and that was by plane. I refuse to ever fly my dog as cargo).
There are a few truths to be learned about pet friendly travel, and we talked about those recently. In the meantime, TripAdvisor revealed that pet moms and dads are taking “creature comforts” on the road with us to make Fido or Fluffy more comfortable. Do you take something along to make your dog (or cat or ferret) feel comfy on life’s roads? You aren’t alone.
A total of 73 percent of us pack pet bedding, with 79 percent stuffing some toys into the mix. We want our pets to look good, so TripAdvisor says seven percent pack pet wear and outfits. Bark is the new black, after all. And we are very responsible dog moms and dad: 45 percent travel with health records and rabies certification.
I know that some accommodations are not pet friendly because they don’t want pets to “ruin” their décor. I’ve stayed in rooms where people have ruined the décor; so now what’s the reason? Dogs mean dollars, let us in.
What’s one of your favorite places to stay that is welcoming to dogs?? Woof it out to us!