Do you miss your horse more than your family when you're on holiday?

New research has revealed that holiday makers miss their pets most when they're away, more so than their friends and family members back home.

The poll also revealed that holidaymakers are more likely to video call back home to see their pets than their friends or family. 

The study, by online travel agency, asked 2,165 people aged 18 and over from around the UK what they missed most when away.

Pets and their own bed were ranked the highest, with friends and family members falling into third and fourth place respectively. 

  1. Pet(s) – 21% 
  2. My bed – 16% 
  3. Friends – 15% 
  4. Family members – 11% 
  5. My partner – 10% 
  6. Work colleagues – 8% 
  7. TV shows – 8% 
  8. Certain foods/snacks – 5% 
  9. My job – 2% 
  10. My day-to-day routine – 1% 

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of, said the following: “As amazing as holidays are, it’s easy to miss things from back home when we’re away; especially our pets, it seems! The beauty of video chat is that you can stay in touch with loved ones, even the furry kind, when your miles apart and it feels just like you’re in the same room. 

“With holidaymakers never far from a device like a phone or tablet and more hotels and resorts offering decent WiFi these days, people are as connected as ever. I think it’s good to miss things every now and again though; as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder! So, maybe the phones and tablets should be left at home or in the hotel room safe!”

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