Pet owners can often find traveling to be inconvenient because of the added work involved in finding a boarding facility or pet friendly hotel. Some hotels and transportation companies are adopting more pet-friendly policies, but some pet owners still shy away from traveling as often as they’d like. How many Americans travel with pets and how many have to make special arrangements when they go out of town? Would pet owners be interested in having more pet-friendly travel accommodations?
Traveling Pet Owners
In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 4% of respondents said they travel at least once a month. 23% said they travel several times per year. Another 23% said they travel about once a year. 9% said they travel once every few years. 29% said they rarely travel. And 13% said they never travel.
And as far as pet owners, 38% of US respondents said they currently have more than one pet, and 27% have one pet. Those who travel more than once a year were actually more likely to have multiple pets, and those who travel rarely or never were less likely to have pets in general.
Of those pet owners, 12% said their pets have prevented them from taking certain vacations. 35% said that they have had to make special arrangements for their pets because of their travels. Another 5% said that their pets can sometimes make traveling inconvenient. And 48% of pet owners said that their pets don’t ever affect their travel plans.
Only 8% of pet owners said they always take their pets on vacation with them. 12% said that they sometimes take their pets with them. And 13% said they have taken their pets on vacation once or twice. 66% of pet owners have never traveled with their pets. Respondents who travel more than once per year were more likely to take their pets along with them.
20% of pet owners said they would definitely travel with their pets more often if there were more pet friendly hotels and accommodations available. 28% said they would probably bring their pets along sometimes if they had access to more pet-friendly accommodations. 45% said they still wouldn’t take their pets on vacation any more often. And only 6% said they think it is already easy to find pet-friendly hotels and accommodations.
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Results were collected on August 2 via AYTM’s online survey panel.