Top places for women to propose this leap year

It’s a leap year, when, according to tradition, women can get down on bended knee and ask their dithering partner to take their hand in marriage.

With February 29, 2012 fast approaching, the top ten most romantic spots on Earth have been revealed for the fairer sex to pop the question:

1. Taj Mahal, India
2. Lewa Downs, Kenya
3. Antarctica
4. Rialto Bridge, Venice
5. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
6. Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire
7. Sahara Desert, Morocco
8. The Pitons, St. Lucia
9. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
10. Snowshill, Cotswolds, UK

The results compiled by the World Travel Organisation, revealed that top of the most romantic spots was the iconic Taj Mahal followed by the natural beauty of the Lewa Downs in Kenya.

The day comes round just once every four years, and is the only day traditionally that women can pop the life changing question to men.

Manon Han, Executive Vice President, WTA, said: “Proposing to your loved one is always going to be a nerve-wracking moment, especially with the added pressure of being a lady. But choosing a fitting location can go a long way in swaying the outcome favourably.”

“We have chosen destinations that range from the fail-safe classics to some off-beat surprises. For the traditionalists, the Taj Mahal or the Sahara should bag your man. Meanwhile, the Prince William and Catherine effect has led to Lewa Downs making it into our hot list. If he’s an adrenaline junky, you could always try popping the question underwater at the Great Barrier Reef,” she added.

For couples that have left it to the last minute to get away for the extra day, there’s always the Eurostar which can take you to Paris, where you can visit one of the most romantic places in the world the top of the Eiffel Tower. Or Bruges, Belgiums picturesque town and pop the question on the famous bridge over the Lake of Love.

The leap year also coincides with the submission deadline for WTA’s 2012 Grand Tour, a global search for the best travel organizations in the world.

Travel organizations that aspire to be the best in their sector are invited to apply for WTA’s 2012 program by February 29, 2012. Entry forms can completed online or downloaded from: www.worldtravelawards.com/nominate.

The most popular place in the UK to propose… the Lake District

When it comes to popping the big question, it seems the rugged landscape of England’s largest National Park is more popular than anywhere else in the UK.

The Lake District has been revealed as the top place for getting down on one knee, beating capital cities Edinburgh and London.

The Lake District was the only place in the top five that was not a city destination.

According to the research by eHarmoney.co.uk, the park was followed closely by Brighton, the bohemian sea-side city.

Dr Gian Gonzaga, relationship scientist and senior director of research director of the online matchmaker said: ‘Brighton is a perfect spot for couples who thrive in the City but love the bohemian vibe and the town’s seafront quaintness.’

However it’s not all about nature and sea air, in third place was the historic city of Bath.

The city famous for its Roman Baths, and beautiful architecture came ahead of the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

Popping the question in Edinburgh Castle is popular with is spectacular views, according to Dr Gonzaga.

Surprisingly London was fifth, despite its buzzing city nightlife and historic architecture.

It has also been revealed that Paris was the number one place to visit on Valentines Day, according to lastminute.com.

Paris was followed closely by Rome, New York, Barcelona and Las Vegas as top Valentines destinations.