Post # 17
I think its best to leave it at home and wear no ring or any other flashy jewellry/watch, clothes, bags. As a foreigner your already a target to muggers, with any of these items you become more of a target. And though you or your man could take a mugger on, why put yourself in that situation if you could avoid it?
The most dangerous place I’ve traveled to is India (Delhi and Agra – not really that dangerous but still you have to be weary), even there I chose to leave my nice jewelry and bags (including my favorite burberry wallet) at home.
Post # 18
I still recommend getting some kind of cheap ring, it feels really odd to me going without my ring for any length of time. it may drive you crazy not having a ring on if you’re used to wearing one. totally up to you, i just know i wouldn’t feel right not having something on my finger. oh & enjoy your coffee & traveling :).
Post # 19
Well, it is still going to be a fabulous trip. I would love to go. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite writers, so I have this super romantic vision of the country. My exchange program mom in Ecuador was Colombiana, and she had the most beautiful memories. She also pointed every little thing out that had anything to do with Colombia. “Es Colombiano” (with as much pride as you can muster) is still one of my favorite phrases.
Personally, I think people should be fearless but smart. When in the middle east, I loosely cover my hair. I respect conservative cultures and don’t wear revealing clothes. I learn how to say “no” and “help” in local languages (except in Vietnam, my god, what a hard language). I interact with women when in public places so that I have an ally if someone hasles me. It sounds as if you are being smart, and definitely fearless, and I commend you. Have a ton of fun!
Post # 20
@monjitab – I am very excited!! My fiance and I have never been out of the country together so it is something we are looking forward to. I have always wanted to go to South America so I am thrilled to be going! I am trying to be fearless, which is unlike me, but I know I want to have the best time and if I worry it will only make things worse. I am also trying to be smart – while I HATE not wearing my ring (I get phantom ring) I think it is worth it in this particular situation. Ive heard that Colombia is beautiful and unique and this trip has been in the planning process for almost a year! My fiance is a groomsman in his best friend’s wedding so I’m sure we will have a lot of fun!
Post # 21
I suggest you leave it at home or in a safe place (or even a safe deposit box if you’re uneasy about leaving it at home). I don’t think you should get a “replacement ring” because doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of leaving your real ring at home? A mugger isn’t going to know that your beautiful imposter ring is fake. If you’re going out of your way for safety’s sake and keep your ring safe at home, either just wear a plain band or nothing at all.
Post # 22
You will have a great trip! We visited Colombia 2 years ago for a wedding and had the best time- I did not bring my engagement ring. Although I will say, once we were down there I was the only one without my ring (including all the Americans and Colombians! Everyone was rocking their jewelry. I hated not having a ring so I bought a cute citrine and wore that the rest of the time 🙂
Post # 23
I agree that you should be leaving it at home. I have never been to Columbia myself, but I have a friend who is from the country, and even she doesn’t bring valuables with her when she visits her family back home.
Post # 24
Leave it at home. Being without your ring for a week is a small price to pay for safety and peace of mind. If you really want to wear something on your finger, get a plain band to wear.
Post # 25
I would leave it at home..my best friend is from Brazil (not the same country I know), but I amazed at how common she says these “kidnappings” are..like its part of everyday life…I would buy a fake if you want something on your finger while you’re down there.
Post # 26
Leave it at home, but in a safety deposit box. Also you should have insurance to cover it, if you don’t already.
Post # 27
Leave it at home… there are some countries that you just dont mess around in…
Post # 28
I lived in Colombia. Pereira is located west of Bogota and south of Medellin. It’s a mountain region, you’ll be pretty high up in altitude, so drink lots of water and avoid altitude sickness. A note on safety: visit the Department of State website for travel information regarding Colombia. To give a quick and dirty, muggings and armed robbery are very common. They will cut your finger off to get your ring. They don’t ask if it’s real and they don’t care. People who wear any sort of jewelry are targeted. Do not go to the ATM alone. Do not carry large sums of cash. Do not bring anything you don’t want to get stolen from your hotel room. (If you have an expensive digital camera and an inexpensive one, bring the inexpensive one). Don’t carry your iPod, they are very popular, and the American version isn’t available in Colombia, so they always want to steal the “good” ones. Be wary of taxis. Call for a taxi, and you will receive a PIN. When the taxi arrives, he should give the PIN you were given over the phone. There is an increase in armed robberies where the taxi driver drives into an alley and two of his armed friends jump in the back with you. They then have you go to ATMs all over the area to withdraw all of your cash. Taxis which use the PIN system are ligit, and an easy way to avoid being robbed. Remove as much money from your debit card account as you can, and just call the bank to transfer money if you need it later. A lot of Americans go to Colombia and assume that rural areas are safer, but that isn’t true. Rural areas are MORE proned to crime as there is less police. Try not to look like a rich American, and you’ll probably be okay, but everyone will still know you’re American. Locals are very svelte and usually average 5’2″ in height. Americans stick out. You’ll feel awkward, but leaving your ring at home is MUCH safer than carrying it with you. A plain replacement band would be best. No gemstones.
Post # 29
Also, NEVER resist a mugging. People who try to be brave or be heroes just end up dead. If they’re mugging you, they are desperate enough to take the chance. I watched a man get stabbed to death on the street, and people just kept walking past the scene like it wasn’t happening. No one will help you if you are in trouble. Just do whatever they say and you’ll live.
Post # 30
Please leave it at home and not get a replacement, it’s not worth the risk. This way you can honeymoon in peace. I know of a guy that visited family in Columbia last year and if what he said is true, then seriously leave it at home.
Post # 31
@ vitsippa – I want to know what your friend said but I also dont at the same time. Im sure things will be fine but Im a worry wart!