When it comes to holiday travel, pets are often in tow and have influence over their owners’ plans, according to a recent survey by PetRelocation.com.
The company’s first annual Holiday Pet Travel Survey polled more than 7,000 pet owners worldwide about their holiday travel plans. It found that 63 percent of pet owners travel at least 50 miles with their pets during the holidays.
Of those traveling with pets, 85 percent say their pets influence how far they will venture for a holiday vacation. Many pet owners like to keep trips local, according to the survey, with 71 percent choosing to travel within their home state.
Most pet owners polled (85 percent) say their pets influence where they choose to stay during the holidays. While a third say they stay at pet-friendly hotels, 66 percent say they stay with friends or family.
Pets have less of an influence on the length of the trip, the survey found. Fifty-seven percent of pet owners surveyed say their pets do not influence the trip length. Eighty-five percent say they take trips that last seven days or less, with the remainder of pet owners indicating that their trips can last up to two weeks.
Dogs appear to be the most popular pet traveling companions, with nearly all of the respondents indicating they only travel with their pooch. When asked why they choose to travel with their pet, the majority of pet owners (71 percent) say it was “because pets are part of the family and should be with the rest of the family during holiday occasions.”
Traveling with pets does have its challenges, and 42 percent of pet owners polled say their biggest obstacle is making sure their pets do not become stressed. Finding pet-friendly transportation or airlines was the second biggest challenge.
PetRelocation.com is a pet travel and transportation service provider based in Austin.