We’ve written extensively about caring for our pets when we’re on vacation. From boarding the dogs, to sending the dogs on a vacation without you, to trusting the pup with a good friend while we’re away, you name it, we’ve thought about it. Over and over again, it comes down to some balance between cost, QT with our pets, and time spent calling in reasonable favors.
But what about bringing them with you? According to a TripAdvisor survey, pets are in tow roughly half the time on our quests for R&R. Of that half:
56 percent will stay in hotels with them – up from 51 percent who have done so in the last year, while 35 percent plan to stay in a vacation rental, up from 24 percent.
The survey focused on pet-friendly travel within the United States. A flight — from an hour to 10 hours — obviously proves trickier and far more expensive. We flew with Ms. Gida Boston once from CA to TX, and I can’t see us doing it again anytime soon, especially as airlines crack down on brachycephalic dogs flying the friendly skies.
When it comes to road-trip weekenders away, I’m far more willing than I was even a couple years ago to pay a pet deposit. I definitely lean toward pet-friendly vacation rentals and cheapie hotels, too. But where do you stand? What are the variables at play for you?
Photo: kiyoshi.be on Flickr.