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Huge Rise In People Wanting To Take Pets On Holiday

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Together Travel has released the results of new research that has revealed a huge rise in the number of people wanting to take their pets on holiday with them.

According to search engine analysis, over the past 4 years, there has been a 28% rise in people looking for pet-friendly holidays across the UK.

In 2020, pet holidays (and 434 related keywords) were searched a measly average of 281,950 a month, but now they’ve rocketed to 360,290 a month.

A breakdown shows Wales (55%) which has seen the biggest increase in searches, followed by Scotland (54%), England (39%), and then Northern Ireland (17%).

Zak Ali, from Together Travel, said:

“The worst part of a holiday is often leaving your pet behind, their eyes staring at you as you go off on an adventure without them.

“With Covid leading to a surge in pet adoptions, and the rise in home working, more and more people began to experience the pain of being without their favourite furry friends.

“This is why it comes as no surprise that the number of people wanting to take their pets on holiday with them has seen a rise.

“When searching for a holiday home that accommodates pets, it’s essential to consider various factors to ensure a comfortable and safe stay for both you and your furry friend.”

The following are some tips for picking the perfect holiday destination for your customers and their pets:

  • Pet-Friendly Policies:

Check the property’s pet policy to understand any restrictions, such as size, breed, or number of pets allowed. Look for accommodations that openly welcome pets and provide specific details about their policies.

  • Amenities for Pets:

Look for rentals that offer amenities specifically for pets, such as pet beds, bowls, toys, and possibly a secure outdoor space for them to play. Some accommodations go the extra mile by providing treats or welcome packages for pets.

  • Secure Outdoor Spaces:

With a dog, make sure that the property has a secure outdoor space where the pet can roam safely. Fenced yards or designated pet areas are ideal to prevent any unintended escapades.

  • Proximity to Pet-Friendly Areas:

Explore some of the destinations offered across the UK that feature expansive outdoor spaces. When choosing a holiday home, consider its proximity to pet-friendly parks, beaches, or scenic walking trails.

  • Cleanliness and Hygiene:

Ensure that the property maintains high cleanliness standards, especially if it hosts pets regularly. Look for accommodations with pet-friendly cleaning protocols to minimise allergens and ensure a fresh environment.

  • Flexible Check-In/Check-Out

Look for accommodation with flexible check-in and check-out times. Travelling with pets might require additional time for feeding, walks, and settling in, so flexibility can be beneficial.

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