By Nikki Ekstein
June 21, 2013

When my husband and I welcomed our first pup into our lives just over a year ago, little did we know how it might change our travelling style. After frantically trying to coordinate back-up dogsitters from across the pond in Scotland on my first international trip post-adopting, I couldn’t help worry about my big bear of a cuddle buddy for the rest of the trip. Hence the marathon of road trips that followed (luckily, she’s good in the car). Clearly, I’m not alone, though. According to a study released this week by, “pet owners aren’t fully enjoying the benefits of what should be a relaxing travel experience because they are worrying about their pets.”

Not only does the survey say that 48% of pet owners have been traveling less since they welcomed their furry friends to the family, but over 70% of travelers feel worried about their pets when away—even if their pets are travelling alongside them. Unsurprisingly, 75% of pet owners don't trust airlines to safely care for pets in cargo, and while the rate of incidence is low, I can’t blame them.

But there’s a silver lining: Only 21% of pet owners say they have difficulty finding pet-friendly travel options. And according to the 1,423 respondents, it may actually be cheaper to travel with your pets than to board them—counting airline fees, hotel fees, and other expenses, bringing your pet on vacation still costs half as much as overnight care.

Want to see more? Check out the comprehensive results in this nifty infographic.

Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.