Do your research. Whether you envision a rose petal pathway, a picnic at a breath-taking monument or a hike to a secluded waterfall, you want it to be well thought out and stress-free. Make sure passports are validated for at least 6 months past the return date of your trip. A travel specialist who is experienced in arranging destination proposals can tell you which resorts even have proposal packages and confirm whether more elaborate proposal plans can proceed without permits. A guerrilla pop-up flash mob that ends up being foiled by cops or park officials isn’t really the story you want to come away telling, so treat this like an event, the key to perfect execution is in the details.
Secure the goods. If you’re flying to your destination, do not carry the ring on your person since the mandatory TSA strip-down will totally give you away. Don’t put it in your checked luggage either. Packing it in your carry-on in a non-descript pouch is a discrete solution so ask your jeweller for a soft case. Not flying means you can pin the ring to the inside of a jacket or pants pocket. Once you purchase an engagement ring, we recommend getting it insured as soon as possible. Since basic homeowner’s insurance policies typically do not cover these types of items, extra jewelry insurance coverage may be necessary. It may be that a simple travel insurance package will suffice, but do your research to be sure.
Capture the moment. Photos or video of your special moment are pretty essential so plan to have someone take pictures of your proposal. An acquaintance that will coincidentally be there, a resident family member you have to meet up with, or even a member of the restaurant or hotel staff, in fact, some resorts include this free in their Proposal Package so be sure to ask. Based on the number of awesome posts on @flytographer (they service 200+ cities), people are remotely hiring local shooters for the sole purpose of capturing their proposal, the demand for this service is growing at the same rate as exotic destination question-popping. That said, don’t neglect your look! The idea of a “proposal outfit” may not be something you thought you’d ever find yourself considering but you’re about to be immortalized and you’ve got two mandates here, look sharp and keep the ring safely concealed but easily accessible.