If you’re planning to pop the question to your partner, you might want to have plane tickets in hand rather than a ring. Sandals Resorts found in a recent survey that more couples would prefer a trip over a diamond.

Sandals commissioned the survey of more than 1,400 adults in the U.S. and found that 72% of couples would pick a vacation over “an extravagant engagement ring” in results released Tuesday, according to press materials. The survey was conducted via SurveyMonkey in November.

The all-inclusive resort company also found that more than half of respondents would pick sharing an experience with their significant other over giving each other material gifts.

Forget the fine china: More couples are asking for travel funds on their wedding registry

Finding love on a cruise: These passengers took their vacation romances ashore

What else did the Sandals Resorts survey find?

When it came to the type of vacation respondents would prefer, 37% of couples said they would opt for a “luxury all-inclusive beach vacation,” while 27% would pick an adventurous trip, according to the press materials. Meanwhile, 26% said they would choose a culturally immersive visit, while 8% would go for a spiritual retreat.

What wedding guests get for these couples?

A report from online wedding marketplace The Knot found experiences and virtual gifts like gift cards to Airbnb and Delta” class=”link “>gift cards to Airbnb and Delta Air Lines were some of the most popular registry gifts in 2021.

The Knot found 7 of every 10 couples in 2021 were registering for cash gifts, up 10% from the previous year. These gifts include gift cards or destination-specific experiences such as a snorkel tour in Hawaii or a private gondola ride in Venice.

About 80% of the gift cards that couples registered for on The Knot’s registry in 2021 were for travel- or home-related retailers. Airbnb accounted for 17% of gift cards on registries, while 20.4% were Home Depot gift cards and 7.6% were Delta Air Lines gift cards.

Contributing: Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Couples would pick a vacation over an engagement ring: Sandals survey

Related Posts