MANY pet lovers will have fond memories of the family pet being stowed in the car along with mum, dad, the kids and all the paraphernalia required for a raucous summer camping holiday.
Nowadays, the serious success of pet- friendly accommodation confi rms just how much we love to travel with our pets.
Wotif. com recently released a survey into pets’ travelling habits, surveying 10,500 travellers.
Almost half had taken a pet with them on holidays.
Dogs travel most, with 90 per cent enjoying a holiday alongside their human family.
Cats account for 5.5 per cent of travelling pets.
Most pet- friendly holiday adventures begin in the car ( 96.9 per cent), with plane journeys accounting for only 2.5 per cent.
Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals being treated to a holiday.
Some pet owners take their bird, rabbit, guinea pig and fi sh away.
The survey found that top of the wish list for travellers with pets is a fenced yard and friendly staff who treat pets the same as any other guest.
One in fi ve travellers surveyed had smuggled their pet into non- pet- friendly accommodation, with one admitting to feeling guilty and sneaking out at 2am.
Almost half the respondents said they go everywhere with their pet and holidays are no exception.
And when pets can’t come along for the ride, we like to know they’re in good hands while we’re away.
The survey revealed 17.5 per cent of people called to chat to their pet, 27.2 per cent bought souvenirs for their pet and 22.5 per cent carried around a photograph of their pet.
Some respondents who thought they left their pets in capable hands while away on holidays came home to fi nd their pet had been replaced.
One pet owner left a green budgie at her parent’s house and returned to fi nd a blue budgie – her mother swore it had changed colour, declaring it a common phenomena for budgies.