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Most U.S. travelers take their dog

July 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- Ninety-three percent of U.S. travelers said their pet makes a good travel companion, a survey indicates.

A AAA/Best Western survey of individuals who traveled with their pets in the last 12 months indicated 51 percent of travelers with pets said they would bring their pets along on every vacation if they could.

Eighty-five percent of pet travelers travel with their dog, while 21 percent travel with a cat.

The top types of vacations enjoyed with pets were:

-- 78 percent said visiting friends and family.

-- 50 percent said road trips.

-- 33 percent said going to the beach.

-- 27 percent said camping.

-- 23 percent said visiting a city.

-- 17 percent said hiking.

Among the reasons pet owners gave for taking their pet on vacation were:

-- 27 percent said good cuddle buddy when away from home.

-- 18 percent said their pet always lets the owner select the destination.

-- 12 percent said their pet didn't hog the hotel remote.

-- 7 percent said their pet snored less than owner's significant other.

-- 1 percent said their pet helps attract dates.

"Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook," available in print and digital versions, provides information on pet-friendly lodgings throughout the United States and Canada including fees, permitted pet sizes, conditions of stay and pet amenities.

No further survey details were provided.

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