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Almost 30% rise in people wanting to take their pets on holiday across the UK

  • 28% rise in people wanting to take pets on holiday in the UK since 2020 
  • 55% increase in Wales 
  • 54% rise in Scotland 
  • 39% increase in England 
  • 17% rise in Northern Ireland 
  • Home working and Covid adoption boom thought to be key reasons 
  • Top pet holiday tips from experts at Together Travel 


New research has revealed a huge rise in the number of people wanting to take their pets on holiday with them.


According to search engine analysis by experts at Together Travel, 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 key words) were searched a measly average of 281,950 a month, but now they’ve rocketed to 360,290 a month. 

When we break things down further, it’s Wales (55%) which has seen the biggest increase in searches, followed by Scotland (54%), England (39%), and then Northern Ireland (17%). 

  Average Monthly Searches   
  2020  2021  2022  2023  Percentage Increase Since 2020 
Wales  11,600  14,150  15,740  18,000  55% 
Scotland  12,310  14,050  17,080  18,990  54% 
England  227,890  300,760  305,330  316,470  39% 
Northern Ireland  3,390  3,480  3,870  3,970  17% 


Zak Ali, from Together Travel, said he’s not surprised by the findings: 

“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. 

“Which 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.” 


Zak has these top tips for picking the perfect holiday destination for you and your pet. 


  • 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: 

If you have a dog, make sure that the property has a secure outdoor space where your 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, including the picturesque Yorkshire Dales in England, the breathtaking Llyn Peninsula in Wales, and the serene Loch Lomond in Scotland. When choosing a holiday home, consider its proximity to pet-friendly parks, beaches, or scenic walking trails. Opting for accommodation near such areas ensures your pet has easy access to places where they can exercise and play, enhancing the overall enjoyment of your holiday. 


  • 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. 


  • Reviews from Pet Owners: 

Read reviews from previous guests who travelled with pets. Their experiences can provide valuable insights into how pet-friendly the accommodation truly is and if other guests had positive experiences. 


  • 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. 


  • Accessibility: 

Consider the accessibility of the property for your pet. If your pet has mobility issues or is older, ground-floor accommodation with easy access to outdoor spaces may be more suitable. 


“By carefully considering these factors, you can find a holiday home that not only accepts pets but also provides a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both you and your furry companion.” 

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Together Travel analysed Google search data for pet holidays and 434 related key words such as pet holidays near me, pet holidays this summer, dog holidays, dog holidays in the UK etc. Data was then collated and compared from 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

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