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TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the results of its pet travel survey of more than 1,100 U.S. respondents, and the top 10 pet-friendly properties in America, according to TripAdvisor travelers.
The number of U.S. respondents who plan to hit the road with their furry friends in the next 12 months (44 percent) is significantly down from last year (71 percent). Fifty-one percent of respondents maintain that it’s challenging to find animal-friendly accommodations; however, TripAdvisor has identified some deluxe digs for Fido and family.
With less pets vacationing with their owners in the coming year, respondents cited the top reasons for leaving their four-legged companions at home:
1. It’s difficult to find a pet-friendly accommodation – 51%
2. It’s a hassle to take a pet on vacation – 46%
3. It can be expensive taking a pet on vacation – 17%
Of those hitting the road with their pets in the next 12 months, they plan to stay in the following accommodations:
• Hotel – 64%
• Home of family or friends – 45%
• Vacation rental – 40 %
Twenty-two percent of pet owners admit they have snuck their four-legged friend into a hotel or B&B that was not pet-friendly.
“While most pet owners are passionate about their furry companions and prefer to take them along for the ride, they feel like they’re barking up the wrong tree when it comes to finding pet-friendly properties,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripAdvisor travelers have helped throw pet-owners a bone by identifying some great animal-friendly accommodations, with many of the best in show on the West Coast.”
Coming in No. 9 in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Properties in the U.S.:
9. Low-Key Hideaway, Cedar Key, Florida – Average Nightly Rate: $90+
Nestled in a tranquil island oasis on the Gulf Coast, animal lovers can enjoy the company of their furry friends at this property. Up to two well-behaved pets are invited to accompany travelers to this adult-only retreat. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “The rooms have a back door that goes directly out to a grassy area with a gorgeous, unobstructed view, so while your dog sniffs around, you can soak up the sights.” There is a fee of $10 per night for pets.
More details on the TripAdvisor pet-travel survey can be found on the TripAdvisor blog:http://blog.tripadvisor.com/