If you plan to make Valentine’s Day the day you pop the ultimate question to your significant other – “Will you marry me?” – Booking.com is ready with figures to show just how much happiness travel can bring.
In fact, 45 per cent of people responding to its survey believe planning a holiday and travelling bring more of an emotional boost than getting engaged.
So why not boost happiness levels to new heights and combine a holiday with an engagement to remember?
You’ve bought the ring and you’ve practised proposing in the mirror – now all you have to figure out is where to ask.
To make it almost impossible to say no, Booking.com has delved into its million-plus properties to source destinations across the globe and suggest a list of seriously romantic places with a unique twist to make the proposal an occasion to remember.
Booking.com commissioned the research, which was independently conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people from each of 17 markets who had taken at least one domestic or overseas holiday in the past year.
In total, 17,157 respondents age 18 years and up were surveyed in Thailand, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Russia, the US, Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand in September and October 2016.
One amazing place to propose would be at “Juliet’s balcony” in Italy. Romeo and Juliet might not have lived happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Head to Juliet’s balcony and ask “Wherefor art thou, Romeo?” before asking the even bigger question. The Lady Capulet apartments are only a five-minute stroll from Juliet’s house and offer luxury accommodation in the heart of this romantic city.
If you can’t go that far, you may be interested in proposing while flying over Bagan, Myanmar, in a hot-air balloon. It’s equally romantic at sunrise or sunset, with a glass or two of champagne ready for when you pop the question. After the adrenaline rush, retreat to Bagan Lodge for some pampering at the spa and pool and celebrate your engagement with traditional cuisine at Tiffin Box.
Or just head north to Chiang Mai, where beautiful traditions await in incredible places. Stay in the quaint Green Tiger Vegetarian House, a calm a relaxing hideaway in the heart of Chiang Mai.
Go to a faraway place like Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, which is one of the most incredible romantic sites in the world. It’s the world’s largest salt flat, holding 10 billion tonnes of salt, set against an epic backdrop where you may even see pink flamingos. It’s picture perfect for when you pop the question.
The Hotel Palacio de Sal is another must, as it’s built out of salt bricks and even features salt furniture.
For snow lovers, you might go to the Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway. Perhaps you can ask the question after an exhilarating husky-sled ride, underneath nature’s twinkling background of the Northern Lights, or even in your very own snow hotel.
The romantic Kirkenes Snowhotel offers picturesque mountain views, Arctic-theme snow suites, intricate snow sculptures and thermal bedspreads to keep you and your beloved cosy.