Going home for the holidays gets a little tricky when you're the parent of a pet of any kind. While some small animals like rabbits, birds, fish, and hamsters are fine on their own for a night or two (assuming you have an auto-feeder set up), larger creatures like cats and dogs require more attention and a sitter or caretaker when you're away.

Of course, if you do decide to take your pet on a plane, train, or automobile make sure you check their rules and regulations before you arrive and purchase special traveling equipment like this rolly pet carrier. You don't want to have unexpected, unhappy surprises . . . and have to turn back at the gate. For domestic travelers, I think this effort is 100 percent worth it – but what about you?