Nine out of 10 pet owners plan their holidays around pets

A study of nearly 2,000 animal owners who traveled found that this is the norm for almost three quarters (74%), when booking a trip.

It was also discovered that 28 percent of pet owners who leave their pets with them do so to prevent their furry friend from becoming lonely.

While 36 per cent don’t like the idea of kennels or a cattery, 27 per cent would miss them too much and 30 per cent reckon their pets love getting away.

One fifth of people who consider their pet in all holiday decisions believe that part of the reason they got a pet is so they can go away together.

The most popular pet to be taken away was the dog, but 34% of those surveyed admitted to taking their cat. Six percent even took their bird or hamster.

A spokesperson for Original Cottages, which commissioned the research, said: “Anyone with a pet will tell you – they’re part of the family.

“And who would want to leave a family member behind when going on holiday?

“Pet owners are really considering how best to travel with their pets, and a staycation offers simplicity and ease without compromising on the fun.”

Traveling with pets in your mind

More than four in 10 (41 per cent) of pet-focussed holidaymakers have avoided taking trips abroad because they didn’t know if their animal could come with them.

They knew that their pet was migratory for 61% of them.They can change the type of holidays they are allowed to take.

As a result, 70 per cent of pet owners prefer to go on a ‘staycation’ within the UK, if it means they can take their four-legged friend with them, and, 35 per cent revealed doing so has led to them exploring ‘a lot more’ than they would have otherwise.

29% of respondents said they would travel with their pets to Christmas. As many as 20% stated that they would prefer spending time with their pets over their family members this Yuletide.

To make a staycation with pets even more special, respondents are eager to visit places with dog walks nearby (30 per cent), pet friendly restaurants (28 per cent) and those that offer pet bed’s (26 per cent).

When creating a holiday program that would suit your pet, dedicated pet activities (23%), pet grooming (20%) and pets club (20%) were the top choices.

The top two types of places to visit on a vacation are a sandy beach (23%) and rolling countryside (18%).

Pet owners are also traveling the UK extensively with 1 in 5 (21%) visiting Wales. 19% have been to Yorkshire, and 18% to the Lake District.

According to OnePoll research, one in ten people has visited Sussex on its south coast.

A spokesperson from Original Cottages which has pet friendly cottages across England and Wales, added: “The great thing about the UK is our incredible range of places to explore with your pet.

“From soaring mountains to sandy beaches, rolling hillside and lush forests, there’s never-ending places to discover.”

Top 10 places to stay in with pets

  1. Wales
  2. Yorkshire
  3. Lake District
  4. Cornwall
  5. Devon
  6. Norfolk
  7. Scottish Borders
  8. Peak District and Derbyshire
  9. Cumbria
  10. Suffolk

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