Brits are travelling internationally at a younger age than ever before, according to research by eDreams.co.uk.

The online travel agent (OTA) has found that kids of today are six times more well-travelled than their grandparents, with 70% having travelled internationally by the age of five compared to just 12% of Baby Boomers by the same age.

The company polled 2,000 people from the UK as part of its global ‘Travel Through The Generations’ study and found that by the age of five, 59% of Millennials had been on at least one international holiday compared to just 12% of Baby Boomers. In fact, a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds went on their first international holiday by the time they were just two years old, whilst nearly half (43%) of Baby Boomers had not travelled internationally by the age of 18.

By the age of 12, 83% of Millennials had visited an international destination compared to just 30% of Baby Boomers and, by the time the average Millennial turned 18, they had been on 20 holidays, both within their own country and abroad – twice as many as Baby Boomers who had only been on 11.

Brits are also flying long-haul at a younger age, with just 4% of Baby Boomers frequently holidaying to long-haul destinations as a child compared to 17% of Millennials. Today, 24% of Brits today frequently travel to long-haul destinations compared to 17% across Europe.

Overall, 43% of Brits said they travel more today than they did ten years ago. According to nearly half (45%) of Brits, the reason for this is that they believe they have more disposable income to spend on travel, with the average Brit spending 14% of their pay packet on holidays.

Meanwhile, new data from HomeAway has found that kids are in charge when it comes to family holidays.

In a survey of almost 550 kids (aged six to 18) and 550 parents in the UK, data revealed that 49% of families say they plan their family holiday together, but 17% of parents said their kids give them ‘options’, and they or their partner make the final decision (albeit heavily influenced by the kids).

More than half of parents (54%) think that kids enjoy the holiday more if they have input in decisions, but 51% parents today also like to show their kids they care about their opinions. Just under half of parents (48%) also think it’s important to get the children involved early so they are excited about the trip.

The research also revealed that having a pool topped the list of ‘must-haves’ for both parents and kids, followed closely by access to Wi-Fi for parents. Kids shared a similar desire for Wi-Fi, with more than two-fifths saying that one of the things that would annoy them most when they arrive on holiday is having a poor internet/Wi-Fi connection.

When asked about the most out of the ordinary places they’d like to stay, 45% of parents said a private island would top their list, followed by a treehouse (23%). Kids said the opposite, 39% want to make like King Louie from the Jungle Book and live among the treetops for their holiday, versus 29% who would love to stay on their own private island.

However, generally kids don’t dream about far-fetched locations, the majority just want a family holiday at a holiday rental property (45%) rather than a hotel (31%).

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