Travel News: Fitness on the Road, the Great American Family Vacation, and the ASPCA’s Best Pet-Safety Tips.

By The Budget Travel Editors
March 15, 2018
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From jogging in a European capital to a fossil dig in Indiana, we’ve rounded up some of this week’s hottest news and tips.

As travelers gear up to take spring trips and finalize summer plans, we're seeing some cool trends that may inspire your next booking, and some important advice about flying with pets.


According to a new study by Hostelworld (, Americans, especially younger ones, are just as focused on fitness on vacation as they are at home. The hostel-booking platform asked 2,500-plus men and women ages 18-65 about their exercise habits while on holiday, and a whopping 74% said they work out just as much—if not more—when they're out of office. Millennials take their routines especially seriously, listing fitness and outdoor activity as a higher priority than access to bars and nightlife, with some 40% of those surveyed saying they always get in at least one workout while they're away—and that easy access to fitness facilities is a must when booking accommodations.


Research from AAA Travel ( says that 88 million Americans plan to take family vacations this year. “No matter their age, families are going on not just one, but  multiple vacations throughout the year to revisit favorite destinations and experiences new places,” says BIll Sutherland, AA senior vice president of Travel and Publishing. AAA is also seeing international family travel as a growing trend, with 35 percent of vacationing families reporting that they will travel outside the U.S. (that’s up 9% over the past two years). Popular international family hotspots include Cancun, Punta Cana, Montego Bay, Rome, and Dublin.


Speaking of family travel, the budding paleontologists in your brood may really love a trip to Indiana Caverns (, the spectacular cave system in Corydon, IN (about 20 miles from Louisville, KY), where a team from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Site will start unearthing the remains of prehistoric animals on April. The dig will include an observation deck for visitors to witness the action, and the team will bring buckets of excavated sediment and bones up to the observation deck to show visitors what they’ve found and explain its importance. “This groundbreaking fieldwork being conducted by Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites experts offers our guests and extraordinary opportunity to be there and watch as history is being discovered,” says Jeremy Yackle, Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.


Love traveling with your pet? Dr. Kristen Frank, Medical Director, ASPCA Animal Hospital, DVM, DACVIM (, offers some easy, common-sense tips for pet safety during air travel:

* Pets in the cabin of an airplane should be contained in a well-ventilated carrier, which should never be placed in an overhead bin.

* Pets should have access to circulating air and to water; a toy, treat, or blanket may also help to keep them relaxed in transit.

* Pet owners should always consult with their pet’s veterinarian when considering travel to determine what is safe for the individual animal based on trip duration, age, species, breed, and other factors.

* Pet owners should travel with a pet kit containing any necessities, including proof of vaccinations.

* Medications should be given only on a case-by-case basis with veterinary approval.

* Check with individual airlines to discuss fees or restrictions such as those on carriers, breeds, or species.

* Always exercise caution and consider all available options when traveling with a pet.

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