Today, TripAdvisor is releasing the results of our 2010 Traveling with Pets survey of more than 1,200 U.S. travelers. While it’s no secret that people love their pets, TripAdvisor was curious to learn whether travelers view their pets are prime vacation companions, or prefer to leave them at home.
According to the survey, TripAdvisor found that 61 percent of pet owners brought their furry friends on a trip with them last year. Twenty-six percent consider their pet an inseparable part of the family that goes everywhere (including vacation) with them and 14 percent believe that bringing Fido is more cost-effective than using a kennel.
Pets On A Plane
Paws were up – and down – regarding whether small pets should be allowed to sit in the airplane cabin with the rest of the passengers. Fifty-seven percent of pet owners would welcome four-legged friends and 59 percent of non-pet owners frowned upon sharing cabin space with small animals.
Travelers that are inseparable with their pets may want to think twice before entering various attractions while on vacation. Thirty-five percent of respondents express frustration with pet owners who bring their furry companions into inappropriate settings and 28 percent dislike when owners expect others to treat their pets like people.
Not interested in lifting a finger while on vacation? Then you may not want to vacation with your pet, as 56 percent of travelers cited frustration with pet owners that don’t pick up after their precious pooch.
Nearly half of those who travel with pets find designated green space for “taking care of business” to be the most important factor when choosing a hotel. Sixteen percent value on-site kennels, however many chains are now opening their pet doors wide open and offer specialty beds and other pet necessities.
Too see where you can pamper your pet away from home, check out TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 10 Pet-Friendly Hotels:
1. Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, TN
2. Hotel Monaco Portland – Portland, OR
3. Affinia Dumont – New York City, NY
4. Argonaut Hotel – San Francisco, CA
5. Nine Zero Hotel – Boston, MA
6. The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, CO
7. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ
8. Hotel Solamar – San Diego, CA
9. Sheraton Seattle Hotel – Seattle, WA
10. Loews Coronado Bay Resort – Coronado, CA
For full survey results and more information on pet-friendly hotels click here.