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Kids Ahoy: Children today go abroad 13 years earlier than their grandparents

New research from Admiral Travel Insurance reveals family travel trends

  • Kids today go on their first holiday abroad at 8 years old - 13 years younger than 70 years ago
  • More than a third of kids took their first trip abroad by the time they turned three
  • 70% of adults say their child has been to more destinations abroad than they had at their age
  • North East is home to the most travelled adults who’ve visited more countries than the average Brit
  • But research finds one in 14 Brits have still never been abroad

New research from Admiral Travel Insurance reveals just how well travelled British children are today as it finds the average child takes their first holiday abroad at the age of eight – that’s nine years earlier than the average adult.

Nearly a fifth (17%) of parents said their child first travelled abroad by the time they were one, while a further 19% said they first went abroad aged 2 or 3.

With cheap flights and package holidays just a click away, more and more people are travelling every year and often further afield and 70% of parents say their child has been to more destinations abroad than they had at their age.

According to the ONS there was an average annual increase of visits abroad for holidays of 5.1% between 2014-18, with over 47 million visits abroad in 2018 alone.

Admiral Travel Insurance has created an interactive tool where users can find out just how travelled they are, and perhaps more importantly whether they’re more travelled than the average child today!