Whisk her away to ask her

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS: a picnic in Central Park, New York.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS: a picnic in Central Park, New York. CONTRIBUTED Thinkstock

ASKING your partner to marry you is one of the most memorable, yet anxious times in your life, so you want to be sure you have a plan in place to give the occasion the ultimate "wow" factor.

Escape Travel has compiled a list of the top-10 most popular proposal destinations to help lovebirds decide on the perfect backdrop for that big moment.

Escape Travel's product and marketing manager Sally Wiseman said the idea for couples to get engaged during a holiday had become more common in the past year, due to the affordability of flights and an increased desire to see the world before settling down.

"Young couples are planning their holidays in advance by taking advantage of cheap flights and a strong Australian dollar, so quite often the backdrop is selected before the ring," Ms Wiseman said.

"We hear stories from many excited couples who return from their holiday engaged, and in many cases we help them to book travel arrangements for their honeymoon."

Ms Wiseman said when choosing how and where to pop the question, it is best to consider what is meaningful to both of you and even think about where you both might like to go for a holiday.

"Getting engaged is a special time for a couple and the story behind it is one that will be repeated several times over, so you want to be sure that the location is unique and personal," she said.

"Destination weddings are also incredibly popular this year, with plenty of engaged couples taking off with their families and friends to have their ceremony and reception away from home."

Below is a list of the top 10 places to propose for 2012.

Memories at the Eiffel Tower, Paris:

Share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower in one the world's most romantic cities, like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This famous landmark offers incredible views by day or night, making it truly is an ideal spot to capture the moment.

Picnic in Central Park, New York:

Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and take a stroll through Central Park with your partner. Pick a quiet spot to pop the big question, or if you would like to create a scene from a movie, drop down on one knee at the famous Bethesda Fountain. The fountain is one of the largest fountains in New York and has appeared in more films than any other monument in the park.

Romance in a gondola, Venice:

Serenade your partner with sweet love songs in a traditional gondola along the canals in Venice. Italy has a reputation for being romantic and nothing sets the scene better than a backdrop of grand architecture, aromas of Italian cuisine and melodies sung by real Italians.

On the beach at Whitehaven, The Whitsundays:

For ultimate privacy, escape to Whitsunday Island and walk hand-in-hand along the incredibly secluded stretch of sand at Whitehaven Beach. At the northern end of the beach there is a cove, where the tide shifts the sand to create a fusion of colours.

Sailing in a yacht, Greek Islands:

Pack a chilled bottle of champagne and sail around the Greek Islands aboard a yacht. You can organise a private skipper to navigate a path, while you enjoy quality time together. on the water under the sun.

Sunset in an African game reserve, Tanzania:

Follow the lead of Prince William by asking your princess to marry you at an African lodge. Adventurous types can take their proposal one step further and organise a game safari through the plains to spot the big five in the wild and enjoy the serenity of nature.

Sunrise at the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo:

Wake up early and take your partner to a vantage point to see the sun rise over the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramids are famous for being one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most visited tourist attraction in Cairo. Egypt has sun all year round, but the best time to visit is from October to May.

In a coloured reef, Fiji:

Plunge into the azure waters off the coast of Fiji on a deep-sea diving or snorkelling adventure with your loved one, and then surprise them with a lovely ring when you rise to the surface. The coloured coral and reef fish make a beautiful backdrop for a proposal.

Helicopter flight over Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand:

Discover New Zealand's glacier country from above in a helicopter flight, where you will get stunning views of surrounding farms and New Zealand's highest peaks, including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Or, for a grounded experience, enjoy a guided glacier walk on Fox or Franz Josep Glacier.

Harbour and city views, Sydney:

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy a candlelit dinner at Circular Quay or go for a stroll at Darling Harbour. The vibrant city of Sydney offers plenty of romantic options and great views of our very own Aussie landmarks.

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