Seven Ways To Spend The Kids Inheritance
Ever heard of the old Irish saying, “Only a fool would die solvent”? Nowadays, that
sentiment resonates with many.
There are even adverts that encourage it. British Airways offers 101 Ways to Spend the Kids’
Inheritance, as many baby boomers are embracing the gap year. Once the preserve of
students taking the time between school and university to travel the world, now it’s the
oldies hopping on planes, trains and automobiles.
Travel seems to be the favoured choice for spending the kids’ inheritance (also known as
SKI-ing). We’ve come up with seven of the best options for you if dying penniless appeals:
The Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Ocean
Situated on the Equator, the Galapagos has abundant wildlife and visitors can get up close
and personal with some of the world’s rarest animals. Thanks to the convergence of three
oceanic currents, there’s an incredible marine mix. Charles Darwin’s research on the
Galapagos led to the book, The Origins of the Species.
The Northern Lights
Also known as Aurora Borealis is a natural light display that can be seen in the skies and is
predominantly viewed from high latitude regions, such as the Arctic or Antarctic. Iceland,
Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greenland, Canada and Alaska offer options for seeing the lights.
They are best viewed away from urban settings. Why not go to Iceland and explore geysers,
waterfalls and volcanic landscapes at the same time?
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a world heritage site. It’s a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain
ridge. Because of its location, the site wasn’t discovered until 1911 and it’s well-preserved.
You walk between palaces, temples houses and storerooms. Why not walk the Inca Trail to
add authenticity to the experience?
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Dedicated to Vishnu (Hindu), the
temple was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC) and the estimated
construction time is 30 years. It’s generally accepted that Angkor Wat was a funerary temple
for King Suryavarman II. The temple orients to the west, conforming to the symbolism
between the setting sun and death.
The Taj Mahal, India
Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the remains of his
wife, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in India. Built over
more than 20 years, the world-famous mausoleum complex is one of the most outstanding
examples of Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal itself, built of shimmering white marble that
changes colour depending on whether sunlight or moonlight hits its surface.
The Grand Canyon, US
Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon contained within
the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth
of over a mile. Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history have been exposed
as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layers of rock. The area
has been continuously inhabited by First Nation Americans for thousands of years.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s great natural wonder. There, you can see the world’s
largest coral reef and it’s the only living thing visible from space. Go snorkelling, scuba
diving or swim with the dolphins.
How do you plan to spend the kids’ inheritance? Are there any destinations you’re desperate
to see? Let us know on Facebook, or Tweet us @Finders_IE