2012 is a leap year and according to an old Irish legend, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick, allowing women to propose to men every four years on February 29.
It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to get engaged during a holiday. When choosing where and how to pop the question, it is best to consider what is meaningful and to choose something unique and personal. Asking your partner to marry you is one of the most memorable, yet anxious times in your life, so you want to be sure you have a plan in place to give the occasion the ultimate ‘wow’ factor.
Flight Centre has compiled a list of the top 10 most popular proposal destinations to help women decide on the perfect backdrop for that big moment.
1. Memories at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
Share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower in one the world’s most romantic cities, like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This famous landmark offers incredible views by day or night, making it truly is an ideal spot to capture the moment.
2. Picnic in Central Park, New York
Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and take a stroll through Central Park with your partner. Pick a quiet spot to pop the big question, or if you would like to create a scene from a movie, drop down on one knee at the famous Bethesda Fountain. The fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York and has appeared in more movies than any other monument in the park.
3. Romance in a gondola, Venice
Serenade you partner with sweet love songs in a traditional gondola along the canals in Venice. Italy has a reputation for being romantic and nothing sets the scene better than a backdrop of grand architecture, aromas of Italian cuisine and melodies sung by real Italians.
4. On the beach at Whitehaven, The Whitsundays
For ultimate privacy, escape to Whitsunday Island and walk hand-in-hand along the incredibly secluded stretch of sand at Whitehaven Beach. At the northern end of the beach there is a cove, where the tide shifts the sand to create a fusion of colours.
5. Sailing in a yacht, Greek Islands
Pack a chilled bottle of champagne and sail around the Greek Islands aboard a yacht. You can organise a private skipper to navigate a path, while you and your love-bird enjoy quality time together on the water under the sun.
6. Sunset in an African game reserve, Tanzania
Prince William made the idea of an African Lodge popular - adventurous types can take their proposal one step further and organise a game safari through the plains to spot the big five in the wild and enjoy the serenity of nature.
7. Sunrise at the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo
Wake up early and take your partner to a vantage point to see the sun rise over the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramids are famous for being one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most visited tourist attraction in Cairo. Egypt has sun all year round, but the best time to visit is from October to May.
8. In a coloured reef, Fiji
Plunge into the azure waters off the coast of Fiji on a deep sea diving or snorkelling adventure with your loved one, and then surprise them with a lovely ring when you rise to the surface. The coloured coral and reef fish make a beautiful backdrop for a proposal.
9. Helicopter flight over Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Discover New Zealand’s glacier country from above in a helicopter flight, where you will get stunning views of surrounding farms and New Zealand’s highest peaks, including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Or, for a grounded experience, enjoy a guided glacier walk on Fox or Franz Josep Glacier.
10. Harbour and city views, Sydney
Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy a candlelit dinner at Circular Quay or go for a stroll at Darling Harbour. The vibrant city of Sydney offers plenty of romantic options and great views of our very own Aussie landmarks.
Looking for more information on spots to pop the question or cheap flights? Contact a Flight Centre travel expert at your local Flight Centre Stores or call one of our 135 stores nationwide on 0800 38 44 38