Perfect Destination Proposal – There are a ton of steps that go into planning any sort of trip.
From hotel rooms to flights and making sure you hit all of the instagram worthy spots, a trip alone can be a lot to handle.
Not to mention, if you’re planning on a destination proposal, it makes your planning a bit more detailed.
We’ve put together a few helpful tips to make sure your vacation doesn’t just result in a lot of image likes, but with a fiance!
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Tips For The Perfect Destination Proposal Budget
A proposal can be costly on its own, but adding a trip could make even the most frugal of people get a bit uneasy.
Setting a budget for your trip, engagement ring and proposal essentials is the perfect place to start.
Like anything else in life, there’s always a way to save a pretty penny…you just have to have the right information.
When it comes to the ring, there’s a super easy way to save 20-30%….money that could then be put towards the trip.
Lab-created diamonds have a shorter supply chain than mined diamonds, allowing companies like Clean Origin the ability to price their diamonds at extremely competitive rates.
With an end result that’s the exact same as a diamond grown in the earth, man-made diamonds are the absolute best way to save big bucks on an engagement ring.
Sites like kayak and Priceline have been in the business of helping travelers save money for years, but Hopper is the new online booking site/app that’s trending amongst millennial’s.
As opposed to some of the other sites that just find the best current deals, Hopper analyzes your trip details to inform you if you should book now or wait to book (since they know a better price is coming).
Oh, and it’s free!
Plan, plan, plan
The only thing we can think of that you’ll need to plan more for than a trip or a proposal is well… a wedding.
So combine the first two together and you’ll quickly be whipping out the calendar that you bought from Target 8 months ago that never got used.
From the very beginning, it’s important to always have your end goal top of mind: proposing to the love of your life.
But, in order for that to happen, a lot of other things must take place.
For starters, you’ll want to make sure that a good amount of people in the destination where you’re going to propose know about your plans.
Call the hotel directly and inform them of this momentous occasion.
Not only could they be a potential lifesaver if something goes awry, but who knows, maybe they’ll throw in a bottle of champagne for free!
Have the day of your proposal down to a ‘T’.
Make sure you know exactly when, where and how you’re going to propose.
Being flustered in this moment in a foreign place will make it somewhat obvious to your significant other that something is up.
Keep your cool, take a sip of that champagne and stick with the plan.
But if that plan does happen to fall through…make sure you have a Plan B (and maybe C and D).
Flights could be canceled, trains could have delays and getting lost in a new city (more on this in a minute) is all too familiar to all of us.
Having a few options in mind will reduce any unnecessary stress.
Know the language…or at least a bit
If you’re going to a city where you don’t speak the language, it’s always smart to try and learn the basics before you board the plane.
Not only is this just a conscientious thing to do when you’re visiting another place, but it could really save you in the event of a proposal emergency.
Think about some phrases that you might really need to know, like “where is the closest florist” or “what direction is that really popular waterfall?”
This could also be helpful if you’re in need of a favor from a local.
It’s common for locals to give you much more respect when you take the time to talk with them in their language (or at least try).
If you want that insta-worthy picture by the blue, green waterfall, you’ll be able to ask someone from the area.
Not to mention it will probably really impress your significant other and show the level of commitment and planning that you put into this trip.
Carry the ring with you as much as possible
Now we’re definitely not suggesting that you need it on you at all times during your vacation, but such a small, expensive piece of jewelry should be carefully (and secretively) taken care of.
For starters, keep it on the plane with you on the flight over.
The worst thing that could happen is that you pack the ring in your carry on and it doesn’t make it to your location at the same time you do.
If you have it safely stowed in your carry-on, you’ll know exactly where it is at all times.
When you’re doing your epic planning, make sure to ask your hotel room if they have a safe in the room.
This would be the absolute best case scenario for storing the ring on the days before the proposal.
If they don’t provide a safe, consider bringing a suitcase with a lock on it.
Although this won’t reduce the chance of it being taken 100%, it can help to put you at ease knowing that the ring is locked up.
Make sure she’s camera ready
If you take away anything from this article, make sure it’s this.
She wants to look good in her ‘I just got engaged pictures’!
Make sure you pamper her all day before these breath-taking pictures (in the least obvious way possible, of course).
Have her get a manicure, get her hair done, tell her you’re going somewhere nice, make sure she’s in something comfortable but cute.
Although she might be somewhat curious that you’re now all of a sudden realizing that she changed her hair color 6 months ago, she will thank you for it in the end.
So, if you’ve already set your mind on proposing in France on top of the Eiffel Tower, just remember these 5 easy tips before you head overseas.
They just might save you from a Parisian disaster.