Today’s children are much more well-travelled than their parents were at the same age, it has been revealed.

Today’s children are much more well-travelled than their parents were at the same age, it has been revealed.

According to research carried out by Hotels.com, a child today will have visited an average of 14 countries – potentially including holidays to Thailand – by the time they are 16, compared to their parents, who would have visited around seven.

Meanwhile, 99 per cent of the under-16s have been on holiday abroad at least once in their lives.

The total distance travelled by a 16-year-old in his or her life would be enough to circumnavigate the globe 1.5 times.

Alison Couper, spokesperson for the firm, said: “This survey shows that the backpacker generation is passing on its wanderlust and love of travel to their children.”

She added that this is a result of people seeing holidays as an important time to spend time with their loved ones.

In 2008, insurance.co.uk found that 27 per cent of babies under six months had also been taken on a foreign holiday by their parents at least four times in their lives.

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