Get ready for dogs – Phoenix is No. 6 city for pet-friendly vacation spots
PHOENIX — It’s tough to leave family for a business trip.
Apparently, for 40 percent of people, going a week without the dog is more difficult than going a week without the significant other.
That’s according to a series of surveys related to pet travel done by Orbitz, a travel company, and Rover, a pet care service.
They ranked Phoenix as the No. 6 city for pet-friendly vacation destinations.
It has lofty company: Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York and Houston make up the top five. Behind Phoenix is Atlanta, Denver, San Diego and Dallas.
It’s not just significant others that take a back seat to pets. More people traveling with pets stayed at pet-friendly hotels than with friends or family or at a short-term vacation rental. Pet-friendly hotel searches rose 30 percent from the start of 2017 to that of 2018.
Not everybody can find a pet hotel, though, and that affects travel. Almost 30 percent of owners said they have skipped a trip to stay home with their pet.
When they are willing to leave, the pet sitter must be reliable; 60 percent of millennials said they have missed a trip because they couldn’t find one.
The average owner planned to take three trips this summer, while millennials averaged five.
And even if the pets can’t join them, 70 percent of owners will still bring a souvenir home for their buddy.