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Children go abroad at younger age

Children are travelling far more widely, and earlier, than their parents did when they were young, according to a survey.

As many as 69% of parents said their children travelled overseas more often than they did at the same age, the poll by Sainsbury's Travel Insurance showed.

The average age at which people took their first trip abroad has come right down, from 12 for those who are now over 65 to less than four years of age for the under-18s.

A quarter of those who are currently under 18 visited another country before their second birthday, while 63% did so before they were 10.

Of the under-18s who have been overseas, 81% travelled with their parents and 35% with their school. As many as 27% have taken a long-haul flight and 11% have been overseas with their friends or friends' parents.

The survey was based on responses from 2,050 adults.

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