How to Propose while On Vacation

The “love is on the air” season is around the corner and couples are preparing the way to impressively express their love to their significant one, some decide to bring the relationship to the next level with the proposal. Those who are travelling is no exception, so how to propose your loved one while you are on the trip or how to plan for that? Check out some suggestions for impressive proposal ideas while you are travelling.

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1. If you are a good organiser and on a big budget, give him/her a scavenger hunt trip to cities where your partner always loves to visit. At each destination, he/she will get a clue for the next destination and at the final destination, you will be there and wait for her to say “Yes”. To do this, you need to get in touch pretty much with the locals if you can go first to arrange everything.

2. How about making a journey video of you both at each destination, where you secretly propose your loved one? After that, edit to match with he/she saying “Yes” to random question you asked at each place. Finally show them the video in a romantic setting, I don’t think he/she can say no now. What you need: a camera to record your journey and edit them later. Oh and a list of question where you can get he/she to say “Yes”.

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3. If you are on the solo trip yourself and thinking of proposing your significant one when you are back, this could work. You can ask the host family or locals you stayed with to write down / record a short video stated: “why he/she think you will be a good future husband/ wife” or what they wish for you both in marriage. Make a promise with the host family that you will return with your husband/ wife in the future.

4. Another way is asking the help of locals in any destination to help you hide a “fortune teller box” at one of the holy places you both will be visiting (church/temples, etc). The box will be then handed to your significant one by a stranger and tada, surprise, you both are tied by fate.

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5. For nature lover folks, go somewhere you can camp together. Make sure you paint your proposal question on your tent with “glow in the dark” paint. Imagine you both are already in such romantic and wild setting, after having such a good time enjoy the campfire outside, retreat for a good night sleep, he/she see this, surprise and delight!

6. Surprise from the planning stage is another fantastic way. You can try to prepare a list of destinations, whose the initial words combined will be “Marry me”. If budget allows doing the trip, show him/her the tickets with the circle on each word and watch him/her say yes. In case your budget does not allow the trip take place immediately, at least you both have a bucket list together to look forward in the future.

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7. Lastly, do it classical way. Asking the hotel to help you prepare the proposal. You can pretty much be creative with your script/ setting and ask the manager to arrange for you accordingly.

So yes, travelling is one of the best ways to propose your significant one in a meaningful way, which show how much you thought of them on each step you taking or will be taking. So let plan a trip and ensure your proposal get a Yes from “the one”.

Over at LadyRedot, we can plan a romantic getaway, the special proposal even a celebration of your anniversary holiday. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


june Hello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

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Christmas Desserts Around the World

Christmas is coming! That means your family is probably already planning what to prepare for the anticipated Christmas dinner. If you are tired of the usual, or if you simply want to try something new this year, you might want to try these delicious desserts from all over the world:

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Brigadeiro, Brazil
These chocolate truffles are made by mixing condensed milk with cocoa powder and butter. Balls are formed and are covered with chocolate sprinkles. This delicacy is truly scrumptious!

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Cola de Mono, Chile
Sometimes called colamono, it’s a mixture of milk, coffee, aguardiente (alcohol), sugar and cloves. It’s similar to eggnog or white Russian and is best if served chilled. This beverage dessert is smooth and creamy, yet powerful.

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Bunueolo, Mexico
Sometimes rolled into a shape of a ball, or laid flat, these fried cookies or fritters are topped with powdered sugar and are best if served warm. These are great with your coffee or hot chocolate!

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Bûche de Noël, France
Called the “Yule Log”, it is made by baking a thin sponge cake which is then rolled to form a log. The middle is filled with frosting and chocolate ganache is used to make it look like a real log. Just delicious!

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Vaniljerkranse, Denmark
These butter cookies (or vanilla wreaths) exude simplicity but are very delicious with crispy vanilla taste. Luckily, people all over the world can get a taste of Denmark’s special cookies. Yes, it is similar to the commercial Danish cookies you can buy at the grocery store. Thanks, Denmark!

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Stollen, Germany
This is a simple yeasted cake filled with dried fruits, marzipan, nuts, and cinnamon flavour. Yes, it’s sort of similar to the usual fruitcake, but a lot better because of its sweet outer loaf or covering. Köstlich!

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Julgröt, Sweden
This Swedish rice porridge or pudding is a mixture of cream, almond or cinnamon flavouring, and of course, rice. It truly warms you up on a cold winter night!

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Banketstaaf, The Netherlands
This pastry has a buttery, flaky outer layer which and has a sweet almond paste filling. It’s usually topped with sliced almonds, frosting or even cherries. A perfect pair for your coffee or tea!

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Biko, Philippines
A type of rice cake, it’s made by mixing coconut milk, brown sugar and sticky or glutinous rice. It’s traditionally placed on heated banana leaves and is topped with latik (which sometimes called coconut caramel or coconut milk curd, it’s a type of syrup derived from coconut milk and sugar). Tropical taste!

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Pavlova, New Zealand
Although this dessert is mainly composed of meringue, its inside or crust is actually crisp and soft at the same time. It is usually topped with strawberries and/or raspberries, but any fruit of your preference will work. Perfect combination!

So, we have just mentioned the traditional desserts from all over the world, but go ahead and be adventurous! Add a twist to these depending on your preference. Have fun, and taste Christmas in your mouth.


 

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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Romance in Venice

Looking for a romantic location to celebrate your love or even better, to propose? One of the most romantic and I dare say, not cliché at all, is Venice. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region that is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, with no roads, just canals. It is truly unique as you serenade your love under the moonlight on gondola but if you are looking for something grounded to sweep off her feet, read on as we bring you to three places bound to amaze and awe her.

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Skyline Rooftop Bar
On top of the Hilton Molino Stucky, the stunning yet modern bar which was recently renovated, offers a grand view of the Plazza San Marco and Giuecca Canal. For the best views, opt in either to sip a cocktail with your loved one while basking in the sunset or make goo goo eyes at each other under the starlight.

Don’t forget to drop by the hotel’s swimming pool, touted to be Venice’s First Rooftop Pool!

Website: http://www.skylinebarvenice.com/en/
Opening Hours: 5pm – 1am

 

L’Osteria di Santa Marina
A quaint little cozy restaurant that serves one of the best traditional Italian dishes focus in making your taste buds sing with delight. Don’t be fooled by their simple looking fare, their food taste extraordinary and it is no wonder that they are a critics’ favourite. Do give their sensational seafood a try!

Website: http://osteriadisantamarina.com/en/
Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 2.30pm and 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Teatro La Fenice
They have hosted some of the world’s best performances such as internationally acclaimed ballets to world renowned operas, attracting international and local patrons alike. Be sure to treat your artistic senses to one of their current performing acts and be prepared to be blown away by the enchanting ornate architecture dating back to 18th century.
Website: http://www.teatrolafenice.it/site/index.php


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Family Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco

Those who have travelled with family know the joys and challenges of such a trip. Everything – the good and the bad – is amplified. A warm wait staff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child’s palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home.

Greens Restaurant

Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge and a boat harbour, Greens Restaurant is only steps away from the Marina Green and offers vegetarian food even non-vegetarians rave about. Between the child-friendly menu options and the produce grown at Green Gulch Farm in Marin, the restaurant is as good as the décor is fun.

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Park Chow

Mums in the neighbourhood love bringing their kids here for weekend brunch. This eatery is very kid-friendly with lots of high chairs and serves food made of only the finest local organic ingredients. If you look around during your meal, I guarantee you that half of the tables in the restaurant will be families with young children.

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Pig & Pie

Pig & Pie is a hip neighbourhood eatery in the Mission with a farm-to-table menu focusing on pork & pies. They host family night every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 with the occasional guest storyteller or artists to make the night that much more special. A great place where the kids can let loose and parents can have a glass of wine or a pint of beer and let their kids run around and play without getting dirty looks.

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La Briciola

It is a romantic and kid-friendly restaurant that serves Northern Italian cuisine. Mixing the flavours of Tuscan and Piedmontese, La Briciola creates some delicious dishes. Besides their excellent menu and cosy environment is their attitude about dining and the family. They provide a peaceful environment and are openly friendly to the children of the family. They provide crayons and paper for colouring, never hurry the dining experience, and make everyone feel at home.

Mel’s Drive-in

Balloons and crayons are given free to children here. In this casual dining restaurant, guests will hear music played from the 1950s and find items on the kid’s menu such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, meatloaf, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The kids can wash down their food with a soft drink or milkshake.

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Park Chalet

With a great mix of indoor and outdoor seating, Park Chalet gives you the experience of eating in a garden (without all the allergies). The menu includes items like chicken wings, Caesar salads, and cheeseburgers for the pickier eaters, and fun options like lobster leek sausage and kale salad for the more adventurous.

Seesaw

A kid friendly café with play props, books, board games and a play studio. Seesaw is a café that’s Scandinavian inspired, design conscious and aimed at appealing to parents with small children.

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Rigolo Café

This easy-going French-style bistro serves cakes and cookies, breakfast favourites, sandwiches, salads and more formal dinner entrees. The staff is friendly and happy to sweep up after your toddler has toppled her bowl of mac and cheese all over the floor. The kids menu includes classic and more adventurous entrees and small mix-and-match sides for picky eaters.


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com