By Rachael Funk
Congratulations! You’ve found the person you want to spend your life with, and you’re ready to pop the question. Why not go all-in? Whisk your beloved off somewhere exotic and give them an unbelievably romantic story to share with all their friends. Good news travels fast, but great news travels well. Here are some gorgeous places to begin forever.
Watch the golden sunset as you sink to your knee in this gorgeous town on the island of Santorini, one of the most romantic places in the world. Find a spot where you can see the city, the sea, and the sunset and you’re sure to have the perfect engagement story when you get back. Be sure to show up early and find a spot away from the crowds if you want to keep the moment just between you and your soon-to-be fiancé.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
What better place for a fairytale proposal than an actual castle? This storybook setting in Bavaria (literally – Disney used this castle as inspiration for the one in Sleeping Beauty) will sweep you both off your feet and provide an enchanting opportunity to explore together.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
A stunning backdrop to an unforgettable moment, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are an excellent choice if you’re looking for old-fashioned romance. Spend the afternoon spotting dolphins, whales, and seals, then take a knee in one of the beds of wildflowers and grasses cloaking the cliffs.
Set off to “the Pearl of the Adriatic” for a charming taste of Croatia. Between the stunning views and endless options for great food, you can’t go wrong in Dubrovnik. Kayak the hidden cove in Lokrum Island or ride a cable car for panoramic views of the city to set the scene for the big question.
No list of romantic destinations would be complete without mentioning the City of Lights. Whether you take a knee in front of the Eiffel Tower, as you pass through the Louvre, or on the cobbled streets of Rue Crémieux, Paris is a classic choice for lovers.
The Scottish Highlands
If you are looking for a secluded wonderland of nearly unbelievable beauty, the Highlands are for you. Escape into a natural paradise with the person you love and wrap yourselves in the scenery of Scotland. Here, it’s the mountains, the lochs, the forests, and the two of you.
Under the Northern Lights in Iceland
A trip to Iceland does not guarantee that you’ll get to see this natural phenomenon, but if you travel during the New Moon in the winter months, chances are high. Take a tour or head out on your own. Light show or not, it’ll be an extraordinary trip.
Stretched over babbling streams, safeguarded by ancient mountains, and bursting with color, Kyoto brings out the romantic in everyone. Begin your new life surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms or hidden away in a bamboo forest, then celebrate with a stroll across the pillared Gion Tatsumi Bridge.