A Rock Marriage Proposal by Matt Janicki, CC
If you’ve been thinking about popping the question to your partner, it’s likely that you’re trying to think of ways to do it in a romantic style. Even if you don’t usually enjoy the lovey-dovey stuff, you know that your proposal has to be special as you’ll both remember it for your lifetime. What better way to do this than by getting engaged abroad?!
You can ask your partner’s friend to help you pack their bag, and then surprise them with a trip - only telling them where you’re going when you get to the airport. 

Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll treat them to a wonderful experience, before proposing to them and hoping they’ll say yes. 

Surely they won’t be able to refuse you in such a gorgeous place! Here are four tips to make sure you get it right.

Tip #1: Visit Somewhere You Went Together

The Gondola by oSiNaReF, CC
The first suggestion is to whisk your partner away to somewhere you have both been before and loved. Everyone has their own opinion about what makes a place romantic; you might like the gondolas in Venice, or you might like a cocktail bar overlooking the sea in Ibiza. This is your chance to make your proposal really personal, and special.

Tip #2: Choose a Luxury Hotel

The Veranda at Four Seasons Lodge at Koele Lanai by Rickh710, CC
If you’re feeling nervous about asking your partner to marry you, you’ll want to make sure everything goes smoothly beforehand so you can keep your stress levels to a minimum. All it takes is a bit of research to ensure that you get the right hotel. Look at independent review sites for feedback from previous guests or check sites like On-Holiday-Claims to make sure that the hotel you’re looking at hasn’t made it onto any holiday illness hotspots list. The last thing you want is for you and your partner to be confined to the bed!

Tip #3: Make Reservations at a Good Restaurant

Candlelight Dinner at Tara Angkor by Tara Angkor Hotel, CC
If you’re anything like me, you get grumpy when you’re hungry. Save your moods for another time; this is supposed to be a special occasion! Use the research you have done and book a table at a leading restaurant in the area. Your partner will be impressed with the plans you’ve made, and you won’t have to walk around endlessly until you find somewhere that looks half decent. You won’t want your proposal story ending in “and then we ate dinner in the worst restaurant ever” so think ahead!

Tip #4: Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials!

Diamond and Rubies by Gerry Thomasen, CC
It may sound obvious, but you’ll have so many things on your mind that you may forget simple things. You’ll need to bring a ring with you, so keep it safe and well out of sight. If you also want to give your partner a card, you should buy one before you travel or you may not get an opportunity to pick one otherwise. A pack of tissues might be ideal too, just in case your partner starts to cry (happy tears)!

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29/10/2013 8:52pm

Great suggestions!! Who'd you ask for help? It's a story you'd want to tell other people with joy.


Great tips, JR. I happened to be sitting next to my boyfriend when I pulled up your blog so we read it together. We are actually in Thailand and last night we had dinner at the Four Seasons and no ring! LOL So I told him it's a good thing I read this tonight. We had a good laugh.


Love the tip about whisking your partner off on a trip for a proposal. Travel is definitely the way to my heart!

20/11/2013 10:48am

Nice tips, during my trip in Nepal one of the guys on my raft actually proposed to his girl right above one of the major rapids. Was a super cool experience to be a part of and the girl, as we were dropping down into the rapid, screamed yes. Till this day I still don't know if she was saying yes to him or the awesome drop in! hahaha

21/11/2013 6:18pm

It all sounds like a dream to me :), but all I would need is a small ring and saying "will you marry me?" somewhere in the middle of street - spontaneously and honestly <3.


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    I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters deeply affects my view of travel. Read more...