New research by Post Office Travel Insurance says that four out of five of the 18-24 year olds that form Generation Y travelled abroad an average of four times before they were 16. European countries were the most commonly visited by this generation, however some went as far afield as North America, Africa and South and Central America.
By comparison, 77 per cent of Baby Boomers had never left the UK before the age of 16. Without the ease and convenience of package holidays which were only introduced for the masses in 1950, and fuelled by the advent of the Boeing 747 and charter flights in 1970, travelling abroad was not an option for the majority of over 65s in their youth.
Even in comparison to their parents, Generation Y4 can still claim the globetrotting crown. Over half of 45-54 year olds never travelled abroad as children and of those that did, the overwhelming majority made it as far as Europe.
Once abroad, the greatest worry for parents is that their child will have an accident or become ill. Sarah Munro for Post Office Travel says " Travel is never without risk and it is understandable that parents worry about all the what ifs when going abroad, particularly relating to the health and wellbeing of their children. Travel insurance is essential to ensure you and your family have the best protection if something does go wrong, whether you are travelling within Europe or to more far-flung destinations."