Researchers have found that men are keen to make things official and put a ring on it in a relationship earlier than women.

The survey of 2000 adults by European rail pass provider, My Interrail, found that women would prefer to wait until more than two years and seven months have passed in a relationship before a guy pops the question.

However men are more likely to ask their partner to marry them at around two years and four months into a relationship.

More than a third felt that the tradition of asking a bride’s parents permission to marry before popping the question should be adhered to,

The survey found that more than half of people felt that a good time to propose was during a trip away.  While married couples believed that weekends away together are helpful in keeping a spark alive in their relationships.

More than a third of those who responded to the survey said that their proposal “could have gone better: whiile one in ten described the moment they were proposed to or proposed as “disastrous”.