What to Know About Road Tripping with Pets



Ready to hit the open road? Don’t forget the most important vacation accessory—man’s best friend. According to a recent survey by Orbitz, 77 percent of vacationers plan to take their pets on a road trip this summer.


The report is based on an online survey of 2,000 American travelers and reveals the unique travel needs and desires of pet owners. The survey also collected information regarding popular destinations and featured the highest-ranking results in a new, pet-friendly road trip map.


“There's a road trip for every kind of dog and dog owner,” said Dan Schachner, Animal Planet host, announcer and annual rufferee of the Puppy Bowl. “Routes with off-leash parks, hiking trails and open play areas are great for active dogs. More passive dogs might enjoy an urban adventure with dog-friendly hotels and minimal walking.”


The report found that 20 percent of pet owners put visiting dog parks on their travel agendas, while 21 percent plan to take photos at tourist attractions.


40 percent of pet owners said they are willing to spend up to $500 extra on food, hotels and activities to bring their animal along, and 33 percent indicated that they want to road trip cross-country with their pet.


Unfortunately, not all travelers take the proper safety precautions. One in four reported letting their dog ride shotgun or even sit on the driver’s lap, with only 15 percent saying they secure their pup in a crate.


When it comes to hotels, searches for pet-friendly accommodations are on the rise and many properties are marketing pet amenities. However, one in three pet parents are willing to break the rules and sneak their pet into their hotel room.


A full report of the survey findings can be found here. 


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