More families are traveling with their pets this autumn

Pets are part of the family and this autumn more pets will get to join in on the family fun.

The pandemic has changed the way people travel, with more families opting to go on staycations. This means that family vacations are going to get a lot furrier this year.

Data from travel site Vrbo showed an increase of over 50% in families traveling with pets this autumn in the US. The data was based on an analysis of Vrbo vacation rental demand comparing September-October 2019 and September-October 2020.

“The increase in people looking for pet-friendly getaways is yet another pandemic-driven change in travel,” Melanie Fish, Vrbo PR director said. “Many families are making the best of the flexibility to work remotely and attend school virtually. They’re booking Vrbo stays later in the year, staying for longer periods of time and driving instead of flying. These new circumstances make it easier to bring pets along for a fall family break.”

Dog at a hotel pool (Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels)

VRBO also provided tips for families planning to travel with pets using their travel site.

  • Use search filters and pay attention to amenities: When looking for a place to stay, make sure to use Vrbo’s “pets allowed” search filter to find pet-friendly properties. Pay close attention to property details, photos and amenities to understand what’s available at the vacation homes you’re considering, such as whether they have a fenced-in yard or are close to pet-friendly hiking trails.
  • Check for fees and house rules: Some homeowners may charge a pet fee or have extra house rules for bringing furry guests, so before booking, make sure to understand if these may apply to your stay. If anything isn’t clear or you have any questions, message the homeowner to get more information.
  • Prep for “just in case” scenarios: Make sure your pet is wearing ID tags and is microchipped and registered with updated, accurate contact information. Before you head out, research local veterinarian and emergency services in your destination, just in case you need them while away. Don’t forget to keep your pet’s latest vaccine records handy, too.
  • Pack for your pet: Bring a carrier or harness for the car ride, and plenty of treats, food and water for snack breaks. Make sure to also pack some of their favorite things from home, like a bed or a few toys, to help them feel comfortable when you arrive at the vacation home.

Families looking for destination inspiration can use Vrbo’s pet-friendly destinations site at

For more tips on finding a pet friendly hotel, click here. 

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