UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS, April 1 /CNW/ - Recent studies show that pet
owners are less likely to take long trips than those with no animals to
care for. The stress of finding appropriate pet care seems to outweigh
their desire to travel, experts say. "We were surprised by the results,
but it has helped us change our perspective," says Jeroen de Bruin,
Sales & Marketing Director for Eurail.Com. "More than anything, we want to help people take their dream trip to
Europe. We can make that easier by thinking about their dogs and cats."
Ask the experts
Pet Psychologist Faros Ipoll, PhD, supports the study's findings. "Pet
owners know they can't bring their animals with them to Europe, but
both pets and owners can feel traumatized by long separations," Ipoll
explains. "The key is to have as much fun planned for the pet as a
European holiday will offer the human," he says.
With this in mind, Eurail.Com went on a search for exciting, safe, affordable pet accommodations in
the US, Canada and Australia. Key search criteria included relaxing
environments, good food, social interaction, new adventures and
convenient accommodations. "Not surprisingly, the ideal doggie vacation
is much like the ideal human one," de Bruin says. "It wasn't difficult
to bring the spirit of Eurail.Com to our four-legged audience - we simply focused on convenience, comfort
The holiday of nine lifetimes
Thanks to a special partnership with 728 pet care facilities worldwide, Eurail.Com will soon be offering People & Pet Packages - a local spa holiday for
pets, while owners are off travelling Europe by rail. "We gave priority
to facilities that were environmentally friendly, to keep with our
'green' Eurail identity," de Bruin explains.
Dr. Ipoll continues: "pet owners can enjoy their European vacations
without worrying about their pets, and the facilities will ensure that
pets stay active and healthy during their stay - both animal and human
will go home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and totally pampered."
"Now that the system's in place, we want to make sure it works," de
Bruin says. "That's why we're asking pet owners to send us photos of
themselves with their pets. We'll then select the 10 best pictures and
offer the winners free accommodations at one of our new pet spas with
the purchase of a Eurail Pass. It's an ideal combination: the trip of a
lifetime for the human, and a relaxing spa visit for the pet."
Interested pet owners can begin sending their photos on April 1. Winners
will be announced on May 1.
More information: http://www.eurail.com, http://www.facebook.com/eurorail
Eurail.Com BV is a private company, owned by 30 European railway and ferry
companies. The Eurail trademarks are managed by the Eurail Group GIE.
Through our websites, we sell train passes worldwide, and offer the
planet's best information about Eurail train travel. Eurail.Com is winner of the Mashable Award for Best Social Media Customer Service.
For further information:
Press contact: Chantal Sukel, Campaign Manager for Eurail.Com, +3130-7516507, firstname.lastname@example.org