Some of our most precious memories are created on holiday. This is unsurprising when you consider that, for many of us, trips away are much-anticipated and the result of hard work, saving and planning.
Nothing can make a holiday more memorable than adding in a life-changing event and more and more people are considering destination weddings in favour of high-cost, stressful ceremonies at home. At Travangelo, we think there is no better way to start on your life’s journey together than proposing on holiday; after all, how you met and how you proposed are likely to be topics of conversation for your entire married life, and could set the tone for your future together.
It may well be that you already have a “special” place: the location of your first holiday or a place that you have always dreamt of visiting together. If this is the case, choosing the location of your proposal will be fairly straightforward and infinitely romantic. If you don’t already have a place in mind, take a look at some of our favourite romantic locations. Not only will they set the scene for possibly the most important question of your life, they will also be the subject of great dinner party conversations for many years to come!
The Taj Mahal – Agra, India
When it comes to romance, the Taj Mahal has everything: glorious sunshine, balmy evenings, spectacular architecture and one of the greatest love stories of all time. The Taj Mahal is in fact one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. However, it is not just its beauty that makes it an apt location for a marriage proposal, but its story. The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died giving birth to their 14th child. Shah Jahan held his wife while she died and promised to build her the most beautiful mausoleum in the world. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, he was buried alongside his wife. The story of loyalty and unending love blends with the incredible architecture and beauty of the Taj Mahal, making it undoubtedly, one of the most romantic proposal locations in the world.
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Drogarati Cave – Kefalonia, Greece
The Drogarati Cave is one of the less well-known of the world’s romantic settings. Discovered 300 years ago, when earthquakes exposed the cave’s entrance, the site was opened to the public in 1963. The vast cave is 60 metres deep and filled with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, which are estimated to be over 150 million years old. The cave is so huge that it is used as a concert hall, fitting up to 500 people. The scale, age and acoustics of this incredible space give it an ethereal magic that is tranquil yet overawing. Although the cave is often filled with tourists, it is not difficult to find a peaceful place to pop the question, although getting down on one knee may be a challenge on the rocky ground.
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Grand Canal – Venice, Italy
OK, we know it is a cliché, but if you are going to go for a clichéd marriage proposal, why not go all the way, with a proposal in Venice? Pull out all the stops: gondola ride at sunset, musicians, a red rose…. With a Venetian proposal, you can make one of the most romantic cities in the world the beginning of your married life together. There is so much to do on your trip to Venice: dine in one of the many Piazzas, take in the incredible architecture and discover the city’s unique history. However, nothing quite matches the romance of watching the sun set over the Grand Canal before the water becomes illuminated with the reflections of Venice at night.
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Erawan Falls – Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand
Situated in West Thailand, Erawan National Park is most famous for its series of 7 waterfalls, which cascade through the lush forest. It is named after the largest waterfall, which is thought to look like the mythical three-headed elephant, Erawan. A footpath takes you to each waterfall, where you can swim in the clear azure waters, take in the “locals” – macaque monkeys, monitor lizards, and more- or stop in one of the many picnic spots for a rest and refreshments. Be aware that you are not permitted to take any food past the second waterfall (to prevent littering). You will also be required to pay a deposit to take a water bottle, which will be refunded when you return with the bottle. Not many visitors make the effort to go to the very top of Erawan Fall, so it is well worth the scramble to the summit. Your endeavours will be rewarded with one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights in the world, and a little privacy while you pop the question.
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Uluru – The Red centre, Australia
Uluru (or Ayers Rock) forms part of the Uluru-Kata National Park. Uluru is the spiritual centre of Australia, and one of the country’s most iconic monuments. Its majesty, soaring from the arid desert, is impossible to conceive until you are there, to witness first-hand the magical ambience that makes Uluru sacred to the Anangu people. We advise taking a walking tour with an Aboriginal guide, to help you understand the true meaning of the incredible monument. Uluru is spectacular at any time of the day, but at sunrise you see the sun appearing over the rock, the golden light casting its glow over everything it touches, and transforming the desert. There is no better place to start your future together than witnessing the dawn of a new day in such a mesmerising location.
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