There has only been one time in my life when I genuinely minded that there was a child on my flight. It was at the end of a five-hour flight, the air conditioning was off, and we had been taxiing on the Newark runway for the better part of two hours. The child was screaming-adding to the chaos of an already miserable situation. The kid really wasn’t the problem, and I wanted to scream too. But as social media has repeatedly revealed, people do not like flying with children.
And while this preference for non-pet owners certainly indicates a mostly welcoming environment for people traveling with pets, the rest of the survey results indicate that bringing a pet on a trip isn’t without challenges. One easy example: 34% of non-pet owners are not comfortable sharing cabin space with other people’s pets. So the ideal order for most flyers seems to be: no pets or children, pets, children.
“Traveling with pets comes with a unique set of challenges and rewards,” said Alex Miller, founder and CEO of Upgraded Points, about the company’s just-released research. “Our latest study offers insight into the balance Americans strike when traveling with their pets, and what non-pet owning travelers think about it all, too.”
The study surveyed 1,000 Americans in September 2023, including both pet owners and non-pet owners. That study revealed that 85% of pet owners have faced travel challenges or restrictions when they bring their furry friend on trips. Check out some more of the study results below.
Only 17% of pet owners consider the pet-friendliness of a location when planning a trip-but 33% of pet owners would choose to vacation anywhere with their pets rather than travel to their dream destination without their pets. Over 60% of pet owner respondents reported that they would pay more for pet-friendly accommodations and pet-friendly amenities.
Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She’s worked in digital media for seven years, and before working at Thrillist, she wrote for Mic, The Cut, The Fader, Vice, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.