A UK based online travel agency has completed a piece of research that shows 14% of pet owners want to take their pet(s) on vacation with them this year now need Pet Passports. They mainly want to do this because they don’t trust others to properly look after their pets.
Pet Passports Now Needed for 14% of Pet Owners Who Want to Bring Their Pets on Vacation
Many people in the UK want to take a vacation in 2016 and bring their pets with them. This was found in a survey by an online travel agency. The survey also looked at the reasons why people want to take their pets. One of the top three answers was ‘I’d miss them too much’.
The research was completed by Sunshine.co.uk, who are looking into the holiday experiences and preferences of British people. For this study, they looked at 2,155 people in this country, all over the age of 18.
They came from a cross section of geographical location. All of them owned or had owned a pet in the past three years, and all had been on an abroad holiday in the past year.
One question was ‘Have you ever taken a pet abroad on holiday with you?’ To this, 3% were affirmative. They were then asked whether they had any plans to attempt to take their pets on their next holiday abroad in 2016, and 14% answered affirmatively.
Those who said yes were then asked to delve deeper and explain why they were doing this. They could choose from a range of different options and pick multiple answers. From this, the top 5 reasons turned out to be as follows:
- 51% of people do not trust others to properly look after their pet(s).
- 33% of respondents said they would miss their pet(s) too much when on holiday.
- 17% of people said that a family holiday could not be classed as such without pets.
- 13% of respondents explained that it was impossible for them to find someone to look after the pet(s).
- 7% of people were worried that the pet(s) would miss them too much.
Those who had answered that they would indeed take their pet(s) with them were then asked about the types of pet(s). 76% of people answered they had a dog, while 16% said they had a cat. They were then asked where they would choose to go on vacation if they were to bring their pet, and 98% said ‘within Europe’.
56% of those people who were planning to take a 2016 holiday with their pet(s) said that they would need to take the ferry or car. When asked about accommodation of choice, 42% said they would opt for ‘a villa’.
Finally, people were asked whether they had studied the requirements to bring pets abroad. 53% of them said they hadn’t looked into these requirements at all.
47% of people indicated that they had taken their pet(s) on vacation before, albeit within the United Kingdom.
Sunshine.co.uk’s managing director and responsible person for this research, Chris Clarkson says:
“Over the years, it has certainly become easier for people to take their pets abroad with them. However, if you are only going away for a week or two, the travelling could be more distressing for your pet than leaving them back home, even if you do think they’ll miss your company.
Leaving your pet in the safe hands of a friend or family member will enable you to go away and enjoy your holiday without having to think about your pet. If you do end up missing them too much, there’s always video chat!”