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Travel insurance 'vital' for romantic Brits

10 February 2006
A massive one third of holidays taken by couples in February are likely to result in a spontaneous proposal, a new report has claimed.

A study for AA Insurance found that 55 per cent of those who get engaged abroad have planned their proposal carefully, with 32 per cent purchasing a ring ahead of popping the question.

However, the poll of 4,000 Britons reveals that the answer to their bended-knee proposal was 'no' for 100,000 people popping the question overseas and the insurer estimates that the combined costs for rejected suitors of a ring and the holiday averaged £1,165.

The YouGov survey discovered that eight per cent of Brits proposed, or were proposed to, abroad with the numbers rising for younger people and those living in cities.

Reasons given for proposing abroad included making the occasion 'extra special' (30 per cent), proposing in a place that had special memories (13 per cent) and somewhere more romantic than the UK (15 per cent).

"It's definitely a growing trend for people to get engaged abroad," said AA Insurance managing director, Kevin Sinclair. "And with so many diamond rings being nervously carried in pockets, jewellery can easily be lost, damaged or even stolen. But you can extend your home insurance to cover jewellery – and other property, come to that – anywhere in the world."

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