Deceased couple go on gap year adventure

Profile picture of

View Profile All Posts
16th Dec 2011
Written by: Cormac Scanlan

Deceased couple go on gap year adventure

Canadian woman fulfils dead parents' travel wishes by appealing to social media

Many religious belief systems see death as a journey, but most would consider death as something of a hindrance when taking a round the world trip. Not so for one Canadian who has taken a uniquely pragmatic approach to the situation.

Fundraising for a gap year can be difficult, a fact one now deceased couple were all too familiar with. Alice and William Green had long dreamt of exploring Australia and of visiting their ancestral home of the UK.

In life William had spent his life working his way up to become a factory foreman whilst Alice cleaned houses to make the family some extra money, but having passed away without the finances to fulfil their globetrotting dreams, their 45-year-old daughter Deb Green, who lives in Vancouver has decided to try and make their round the world trip a reality.

“We were a very happy family, easygoing and for my entire life, I knew they were very devoted to me.”

“I was an only child and they did everything they could to give me a good life.”

Having lost her father William in 1994 and her mother Alice in July this year, Ms Green set up an advert on Craigslist, a popular ‘classifieds’ website set up in the mid-90s, entitled 'Helping Alice and William to travel.'

In the Craigslist advert Green appealed to potential travellers, saying: "Both of my parents are now dead and the one thing that they always wanted to do was to travel."

Green continued: "If you are travelling somewhere and are willing to take a little of my mom and dad and sprinkle them and take a picture, then please contact me.

"I'd love to see them travel the entire globe. That would be my ideal. But mostly it's where anyone finds beauty."

Several months on from originally posting the advert, Green has had several offers to help. Some of Alice and Williams ashes are now 'sprinkled' at the base of the Eiffel Tower and others have been scattered at a fountain in Las Vegas.

Green said that if they were still here today, her parents would "probably blush and be a little shy about it" but they would "love it."

Have you ever scattered left ashes anywhere interesting? Would you be happy to take a stranger's ashes round the world?

We at salute the Green family for showing death does not have to be a barrier to gap years and round the world travel.


Essential Turkey

from £274

9 days


Essential Turkey combines history and culture, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming tradition. Begin...

Highlights Of Russia

from £274

6 days


Experience history and highlights of Russia in 6 amazing days! Kick off your amazing highlights of Russia tour in the...

In-Class TEFL Course in Cebu

from £1125

20 days


Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Cebu and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Borneo Wildlife Conservation

from £1397

12 days


Help on an inspiring mission to regenerate the rainforests in Borneo, and see pygmy elephants, orangutans and a huge range...

Teaching & Community Internship

from £1719

60 - 140 days

Costa Rica

Teaching English in local schools will give you a real insight into Costa Rican culture. It's a world of adventure...

Kings Landing 2 Week Croatian Tour

from £795

15 days


This package is your chance to see the best of beautiful Croatia - and follow in the footsteps of Games...

San Vino Wine Fight

from £60

1 days


Spain is renown for throwing unique fiestas and the world’s biggest red wine fight is one of them! Stay with...

Volcano Surfing & Southern Skiing

from £1945

14 - 360 days

Australia, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand, Nicaragua...

A real flight deal for the intrepid gappers out there. Start off in Nicaragua for some volcano surfing, before heading...

Cookin’ Up a Storm

from £1233

From 30 days

Cook Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United State...

This deal has it all. America, a Pacific Island chain, the country with officially the world's most beautiful sight and...

Get Paid to Ski or Snowboard in New Zealand

from £4579

120 - 150 days

New Zealand

We offer the ultimate ski and snowboard instructor courses. Working with the world’s top ski resorts the program provides full...


Kenya to Vic Falls

from £2380

Take in the very best of the African wilds on this action-packed journey from Kenya to Zambia. Starting in Nairobi,...

Serengeti Trail

from £973

Africa is truly the cradle of life. Roam the famous Serengeti National Park, nearly 15,000 sq km of rolling savanna...

South India Revealed

from £688

Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Explore the lush landscapes, intriguing religions,...

Coast to Coast Camping Westbound

from £1639

Yellowstone, the Badlands, and Niagara Falls – once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by...

Kenya Expedition – The Last Northern White Rhinos

from £1990

Join Intrepid on a special journey to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya, to spend time with the last remaining northern white...

Galápagos Land & Sea — Central & South Islands aboard the Yolita

from £1699

Spend five days exploring the Galápagos Islands aboard the Yolita and enjoy the beaches, history, and wildlife of the central...

Colombian Culture, Caribbean & Lost City

from £2269

Embracing nature in Colombia and the Caribbean is like nowhere else on Earth. Imagine picturesque beaches, busy cities, and the...

South East Asia Loop

from £2303

Join us as we travel into the heart and soul of Indochina. Starting off in Bangkok, get lost in the...

Peru Panorama

from £1999

Spot macaws in the jungle and caimans on the riverbanks, sail the waters of Lake Titicaca, delight in the smells...

Cruising Spain, Portugal and Morocco – Malaga to Lisbon

from £2060

The lands south of Portugal and Spain sail somewhere under the radar compared to their northern brothers, yet the area...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]