21st Century Children Travelling Further Afield

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Children are travelling further afield and to a wider range of destinations than ever before, a recent survey revealed.

The proportion of families going overseas for their holidays has risen significantly, the study by Aviva Travel Insurance found.

While 94 percent of adults admit their children had been abroad before the age of 16, only 39 percent had been abroad themselves by that age.

“It is often said that the world is getting smaller and nowhere is the huge increase in the extent of our travel more apparent than the distances and range of places that people have been to before the age of 16,” said Jerry Finch, Aviva travel insurance product manager.

“Children nowadays are better travelled and have experienced a wider range of cultures than ever before.”

While just two percent of today’s parents had been somewhere exotic like North America when they were young, 28 percent have now taken their own children to the USA or Canada.

Even parents who had been to Europe (26 percent) as a child were outnumbered by the 73 percent who had taken their own children there since.

The study also revealed children are travelling abroad a lot more often than in the past – the percentage of children going abroad more than once a year has risen by a half from eight percent when parents were children, to 12 percent of parents who now take their children abroad.

Travel Money Cards

For those whose children go abroad frequently every year – they may benefit from a travel money card.

Children and teens under the age of 18 years old are eligible for a travel money card, so they are useful if you do not want to send your child abroad with a wad of cash. The card can be used like a debit or credit card but is loaded with the currency of your choice.

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