Celebrate love in new way with trip to a wacky destination

Cairo in Egypt could be the perfect place to pop the question.
Cairo in Egypt could be the perfect place to pop the question.

DITCH the clichés this Valentines Day and take your lover somewhere they'll never forget. 

"Our advice is to skip the hearts, flowers and chocolates, forget convention, and take romance to a new level for a moment you will never forget," says travel expert Oonagh Shiel.

1. A sticky proposal in Seattle

One of the most offbeat attractions, the Seattle Gum Wall is also probably one of the most germ-infested tourist spots in the world.

The Gum Wall in Post Alley, under Park Place market, started in the early 1990s when people, irritated that they had to wait in line to get tickets to the theatre, stuck chewing gum on the wall.

At first, they would use the gum to stick small coins to the wall, but in time, the tradition of the coins disappeared, and the gum remained.

As the wall grows, the chewing gum art becomes more sophisticated.

You'll find names written with pieces of gum, and symbols like hearts or the peace sign.

It's the perfect place to chew over that proposal - and decide whether you'll be sticking together.


2. Worming your way into Melbourne

If you want to worm your way into your lover's heart, head to Wildlife Wonderland Giant Earthworm Museum at Bass, just 1.5 hours from Melbourne.

The Wildlife Wonderland Giant Earthworm Museum is a world first attraction honouring live giant earthworms, up to three metres long.

Just remember, if you're turning down a proposal, it may not just be the worms eating dirt.

3. Is Romance dead? Egypt

Fancy spending eternity together?

For suitors looking for that unique spot to pop the question, Cairo in Egypt could be just the place.

The City of the Dead - or Cairo Necropolis - is an Arabic necropolis and cemetery below the Mokattam Hills in south eastern Cairo.

It is a four mile long dense grid of tomb and mausoleum structures, where some people live and work amongst the dead.

Some also live here to be near ancestors, of recent to ancient lineage. 

Return flights to Cairo start from $1660 per person.

4. Romance in the pipes, Austria

Underground romance? If your romance gives you more of the trots than the hots, then a romantic night a in a sewerage drain at the Das Park Hotel in Austria might clean up your love life.

Three huge concrete drain pipes located in a public park in the Austrian city of Ottensheim is all that make up the Das Park Hotel.

The rooms are about two metres across and furnished with a double bed, storage, light, power outlet and blankets.

Other than a circular skylight near the top and a couple of air holes, there are no windows.

Like cave hotels, Das Park Hotel is fairly cool in the summer, and sometimes warm in winter. 

Flights to Austria, including taxes, start from around $1500 per person.

5. Stinky Love in New Zealand

In Rotorua, love stinks. This is the place of skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and stinky boiling mud pools.

Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident - accompanied by the whiff of suphur.

This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire.

With its international airport, Rotorua is also the gateway to the North Island's ski fields for excellent skiing and snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu in the winter.

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