Norwich crowned purr-fect, ‘pets come too’ destination

Annie Hayes Reporter, C&IT
Norwich crowned purr-fect, ‘pets come too’ destination

Look east for pet-friendly UK breaks according to Howden Insurance which analysed Airbnb and property listings to discover which UK towns scored highly for being paw-some.

With the May bank holiday looming and the school summer holidays on the horizon for many families, pet owners will be starting to consider how it’s paw-ssible to holiday with their beloved four-legged friend. 

It’s a growing trend which has arisen partly due to the swell in pet owners, following sky-high Covid demand when households were locked down and desired a pet to keep them company. According to the Dog Trust, an animal welfare charity, in the first year of the pandemic, 3.2 million households acquired a pet and there are now about 12 million dogs in the UK. About 70% of owners take their dog with them when they travel.

The ‘pets come too’ vacations trend has been further fuelled by Brexit which has made it less straightforward for pets to make a European wag-along possible. British pet passports have not been valid since January 2021 and any travelling four-legged companions now require a certificate showing they have been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Its’ a cost that equates to around £300 per dog. In a climate of a cost-of-living crisis it’s a fee too far for many pet owners.