How to spend £20,000.00?

Don't! Don't do it. Keep your money.
But if you really have to get rid of your money...

... at such price you could have:
16000 Sausage Rolls/Cheese and Onion Pastries
9090 Chocolate brownies
22471 songs on iTunes
5714 Caramel macchiatos
571 Law textbooks
2105 Cosmopolitans
28 White Books
400 years of Vogue Magazine subscription
34 Pairs of Manolos
30 Flights to New York
16 Cruises
12 All inclusive holidays
3 years of paid rent
1 Ford Fiesta with some spare change for insurance
Saving account and earn 0.01 interest in a thousand years?
House deposit?
Yeah, I really did not have much to do then... working out how many chocolate brownies one can get for 20k. But seriously, here are five other things I now wish I had done before I handed over my 20k to a BPTC commercial provider.

1. Masters or other qualification/training

Masters Abroad - Most EU countries charge either nominal sums as compared to England or do not charge any fees at all. But in places like Switzerland or Denmark it is living costs that might be a challenge but still less than 20k.
Sensibly priced Masters at Home - look carefully at some Russell Group Universities, as not all of them insist on 9k fees. Particularly the case with research based courses.  
Online Courses - I really wish there would be more of this available. Short focused courses on a very specific topics such as introduction to cross-examination or more advanced cross-examination of medical expert or Civil Procedure Rules: Issuing Court Part 7 Proceedings or anything alike really.

2. Travelling

Did you know you can fly to New York from London for 300 pounds if you plan your departure carefully? I was shocked when I found out. Because the same flight can cost up to 4 times more in July!
The dream would be to fly to NYC from there to Toronto, then to Puerto Rico (stop at Miami and San Juan boat to Puerto Rico), Rio, Buenos Aires, Auckland (flights stop in Santiago, Chile). Since I would be in that part of the world visit to Sydney would be appreciated. Then onto Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles (stop at Maye Islands)... Mauritius Dubai, Athens, Rome, Paris and back to London.
(i) £300 from London
(ii) £200 from NYC
(iii) £400 from Toronto
(iv) £600 from San Juan
(v) £400 from Rio
(vi) £800 from BA
(vii) £300 from Auckland
(viii) £400 from Sydney
(ix) £180 from Kuala Lumpur (!) this is 3h direct flight
(x) £200 from Sri Lanka (Colombo)
(xi) £400 from Maldives
(xii) £550 from Dubai
(xiii) £100 from Athens (NB I think this one can be done even cheaper as it is 2h EU flight...)
(xiv) £60 from Rome
(xv) £30 from Paris
Approximately £5000 in flight fees. [I had to cross out Seychelles and Mauritius because there are no sensible flights from Maldives, sorry]. But anyway, this leaves 15k for accommodation and food in 15 locations, that's £1000 per visit. Time wise I think this whole adventure could be done in just 2 months, about 55 days that would be £272 per day in pocket money.

11 stamps in your passport, think about how awesome this could be!


3. Internship

International Organisations:
United Nations
International Court of Justice
International Criminal Court (ICC)

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (CTY)
Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STLEB)

Diplomatic corps and embassies
International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

NATO Communications and Information Agency
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Peace Palace
Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

Europa Nostra
European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO)
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)
European Judicial Network

European Patent Office (EPO)
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC)
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

The bad news is that most of the international organisations do not pay you. But it is all about experience. Get those applications going and explore. Also, most of these sit at the Hague. But there is few options at Geneva and Vienna as well!


4. Volunteering Abroad

Who wouldn't want to take care of Pandas in China for 3 weeks or empower women in Tanzania for a month or two? There is so many other very interesting options. Not all providers appear to be reliable I must say, but I would check who they are and ask around before transferring any money.


5. Working abroad

This one is even more interesting. It is so broad. Working where? Working for who? Need work permit? Visa? Somewhere to live? The broadest of all and possibly the most rewarding. But also the one where the most caution must be taken. If you are going to ditch rainy UK for sunny Spain and decide to open a beach bar, I wouldn't judge! In fact, I had the same idea.
Sources: Skyscanner - my cookies went crazy and no longer know how to fix my flights prices.
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