As Americans, we love our pets and we love to travel.

How much?

Given the chance, 51% of U.S. pet owners said they would bring their pets on every trip they took, according to a new survey by the American Automobile Assn. and Best Western International Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel chains.

Among the pet owners surveyed, 95% said finding lodging that accepts animals is crucial to travel planning. But if they can’t find pet-friendly hotels or motels, 25% of those surveyed said, they sneak their pets into their rooms anyway.

Not all pets make good travel buddies. Eighty-five percent of pet owners say they travel with a dog and only 21% bring along a cat, according to the survey. 

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