Spend the kids' inheritance

You've fed them, clothed them, ferried them to parties, cleaned up after them and put a roof over their heads. Now, it's time to have a little fun.

Go on, be part of the growing number of Baby Boomers who are taking advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and treating themselves to an overseas experience.

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

Go on safari
Remember all those times you sat through The Lion King, singing along with Hakuna Matata? Well now it's time to experience the real circle of life.

Botswana makes the Africa of your dreams a reality, with such an abundance of wildlife that by the end of the trip you'll barely bat an eyelid when a herd of elephants wanders by.

Here,the best of Africa  is handed to you on a silver platter, and you'll quickly adapt to spotting big cats at sunrise or a group of giraffes over your morning coffee.

Sit back and watch as one by one, the elephants come to drink and play at the water's edge in Chobe National Park. Here, they number well into the thousands and roam in herds of 120 or more.

Take a romantic trip down the Okovango Delta in a mokoro - a wooden canoe carved from a tree trunk, with room at the end for your guide to stand with his pole and propel you through the shallow waters. It's much like that of a gondola in Venice, except here the banks of the river stretch for miles and the only traffic will come from hundreds of birds stopping by for a drink.

Wet your whistle
Here's a familiar tale: parents find a lovely bottle of wine on sale and hide it at the back of the liquor cabinet in the hopes of enjoying it one balmy evening.

Parents go to liquor cabinet looking for wine, only to open it up and discover their pesky teenager has already popped the cork and shared it with friends over the weekend, leaving a few measly dregs.

Sound familiar?

In the Burgundy wine region of France, you don't have to share. In fact, you'll be spoiled for choice. Beginning one hundred kilometres south from Paris, the long, narrow region Burgundy is responsible for producing some of the world's great wines.

Hungry from traipsing through all those vineyards? Match your wine to some of Burgundy's exquisite cheeses, including Aisy Cendré, Citeaux, the orange-skinned Epoisses and the cheesecake-like gougère. Don't forget to try the Dijon mustard, Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin.

So while you'll come for the wine, you might find yourself staying for the food.

Get some peace (and quiet)
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Hear that? It's the sound of silence. It's the sound of calm. It's the sound of Tibet  - a place untouched by Xboxes, Playstations and iPads.

Listen closely and you might hear the sound of hundreds of Buddhist monks chanting in unison, all dressed alike in their long saffron robes.

Walk the Barkhor circuit and see the Jakhong temple, the holiest site in Tibet. Witness thousands of people from all the rural tribes of Tibet as they walk clockwise, carrying their prayer wheels and chanting the entire way. 

And if you're missing the daily rituals of life with children, head to Tembha and watch monks debating. This ancient ritual is practiced ever day, with group of four-six monks taking part. It can get quite heated, and no doubt provide a wave of nostalgia to anyone who has lived with a teenager.


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