Santa Barbara, CA (PressExposure) August 20, 2009 -- There are many reasons to travel with your pet to Santa Barbara, a city that offers many dog-friendly places and activities to enjoy with your canine companion. Traveling with your dog can greatly enhance the holiday experience for the whole family said Graham Farrar, an owner of Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals, a company that provides a variety of high-end, pet-friendly vacation homes.
Across the nation, many pet owners are choosing to vacation with their furry friends. According to a study by Travel Industry Association of America there are 62 million dog owners in the country with 29 million who travel with their dogs.
When traveling to a pet-friendly destination like Santa Barbara, Farrar encourages vacationers to consider taking their pets with them instead of boarding them or hiring a pet sitter. Pet travel makes it possible to avoid the separation anxiety that many pets suffer from and can actually save you money since boarding an animal can cost about $40 a day, which can quickly add up to an additional $560 over a two-week stay.
"So many people consider their pets to be part of the family," Farrar said. "People love bringing their pets with them to stay at our vacation rentals in Santa Barbara because they feel that they are truly able to share the holiday experience with their entire family â four-legged members included."
Farrar has received great feedback from his guests who have been able to enjoy their holidays more knowing that their pets are safe and comfortable in their vacation homes.
âIt is understandably more difficult for hotels to implement pet-friendly policies since itâs complicated to welcome dogs into shared spaces where some guests may have allergies or other considerations that prevent them from being around animals,â said Farrar. âOur Santa Barbara vacation rentals are unique because they are private and unshared with other guests so if people want to enjoy our rental properties with their pets they can - just as if they were in their own home.â