Wheels Over Wings: Pet Parents Embrace the Long Road Ahead

Wheels Over Wings: Pet Parents Embrace the Long Road Ahead

In today's fast-paced world, where life seems to be always on the go, many pet parents yearn for a return to simplicity. As a result, an increasing number of Americans are opting out of flying with their pets for long-distance travel. Instead, they're choosing the slower pace and freedom of the open road, packing up their cars, pets, and kids, and hitting the road. For them, it's not just about reaching the destination; it's about savoring every moment of the journey.

As pet parents from coast to coast rediscover the joys of hitting the open road, we dove deeper into this growing trend. Through a recent survey, we uncovered the top three reasons why families are opting for these extended road trips over quick flights, especially for domestic adventures in the US.

#1 All About the Journey

Pet parents eagerly embrace the opportunity to set out on long road trips with their beloved furry companions, cultivating lasting memories and strengthening their bond along the journey. Unlike the hurried nature of air travel, road trips offer a leisurely pace, allowing families to fully immerse themselves in the picturesque landscapes and discover new destinations at their own pace. Whether it's taking the scenic route or venturing pit stopping at  national parks, these epic road trips create treasured moments.

"For us, road trips have become more than just a means of transportation. They're adventures in themselves, allowing us to discover new places and share quality time together as a family. Having our pets with us makes every moment even more special." - Cindy B. Survey Respondent

#2 Ensuring Pet Well-being and Stress-Free Travel

Road trips allow pets to enjoy a comfortable and familiar environment, which helps minimize anxiety compared to the confined spaces and unfamiliar surroundings of air travel. Pets are more at ease and comfy when traveling in their own “ride” as opposed to the stress and chaotic nature of flying. Cars and SUVs allow pets to have ample room to stretch their legs, frequent breaks for exercise and potty pit stops, and the reassuring presence of their family. Pets are a priority and their well-being during travel is essential to pet moms and dads. They strive to ensure  that every journey is a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all.

#3 Affordability and Flexibility

While flying is often considered the faster choice, traveling by car provides pet parents with greater cost-effectiveness and flexibility. Road trips allow for the accommodation of multiple pets and family members at a lower overall cost, making traveling by car a practical and enjoyable option for domestic travel. Pet parents value the financial savings and the invaluable experience of having their pets accompany them. Additionally, traveling by car offers the flexibility to make spontaneous stops and adjust travel plans according to their and their pet's needs, enhancing the overall journey for both pets and humans alike.

The Take Away

In a world where time seems to be constantly slipping away, pet parents are rediscovering the simple pleasures of the open road. By choosing longer road trips over quick flights, families are embracing the journey as an essential part of the adventure. So, pack up your pet and your car, crack the windows, and hit the road — and remember, it’s all about the journey.