The Odd File: In Florida, the Trip of a Lifetime
Travelers often chatter on about where they want to go before they die. But what about where to go after you die?
Yes, the travel industry is now marketing to the afterlife. No refunds, of course.
At the forefront of Postmortem Travel is the Nepture Society, a cremation company based in Fort Lauderdale. The firm recently announced its latest final resting place, the Neptune Memorial Reef, a man-made reef 3.25 miles off the Miami coast. The idea is to sprinkle the ashes like fish food in a re-created Lost City, which features 125,000 designated spots for souls lost or found or just looking for a place to hang for all of eternity. At the very least, you'll be supporting coral growth and marine life replenishment, which your grandchildren and their children will thank you for, if they ever visit you 45 feet below the water.
The interment price is $1,495 to $6,695, depending on your chosen placement. (The sites look like the fake structures in your dentist office's fish tank.) A professional diver is in charge of the ashes, but loved ones with certification can swim alongside and air bubble an appreciation.
I'm a diver and an environmentalist, but I am not sure I would want to be part of Neptune's lair. I'd hate to spend my afterlife in the belly of a flounder; that's hardly Heaven. But this new development did make me start thinking about where I want to travel once my frequent-flier miles are up.
I know I want to be in nature, but certainly not near farmland (for the obvious reasons) or a national park (don't want to become a speck on some RVs windshield). An ocean cliffside would be lovely, maybe on Block Island, R.I., or near the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia. Hopefully, I have some time before I must decide, but I know for certain that I want it to be a destination that embodies my spirit and will inspire my friends and family to come out and "see" me, even if I am just a whisper in the wind.
Where would you want your final resting place to be?
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