Travel with Pets

My cats aren’t big on travel. The ten-minute road trip to the veterinarian’s office is too much for them. And while they seem to enjoy lounging in an open suitcase, they have no interest in packing their own. So they’re unlikely to visit any of the destinations on Priceline’s list of “America’s Best Cities for People Traveling with Pets.”

According to the company’s recent press release, they ranked the cities based on the number of Priceline Express DealsSM hotels allowing pets, the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents, and the Walk Score™ of the area.

The top ten cities according to their analysis are:

1. Albuquerque, NM
2. Portland, OR
3. Tucson, AZ
4. Tampa, FL
5. Indianapolis, IN
6. Salt Lake City, UT
7. Austin, TX
8. Tulsa, OK
9. Louisville, KY
10. San Francisco, CA

A survey of pet owners by found that 60 percent of the respondents had traveled with their pets (for more than 50 miles) the previous year. Of those, 35 percent take an annual trip with their animal companion, while 28 percent hit the road (or skies) together every few years. Dogs are the most frequent travelers, with 58 percent of the respondents bringing their dog on vacation. A surprising 22 percent have cats willing to come along for the ride. Seventy-eight percent of these vacationers choose pet-friendly hotels.

Have you ever traveled with your pet? Any plans to visit the cities above? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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