(Closed) International Travel with Engagement Ring?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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554 posts
Busy bee

Depends where you are going, but I lived and traveled through Europe with mine since people there wear them too, same with the Caribbean. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AnnieEsq:  Agree w/ above.  I am visiting family in Peru within the year and will be wearing just the band, it’s not part of their custom anyway and even if it wasn’t for the fear or theft it would seem flashy to them.  I have a 2ctw mossy. 

Post # 5
Hostess
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Shmeh. You have insurance, right? I live abroad and have traveled extensively to places that  range between very affluent and straight up some of the poorest places in the world. It’s not an issue for me. Honestly, I feel like I’d be a lot more likely to have someone demand it from me on a street corner near where I grew up.

That said – While I love my ring, I’d have no issue handing it over if someone pulled a gun or a machette on me.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d get a stand-in ring and leave mine at home.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Prince William trekked around Africa with kate’s ring and that one is huuuge. I think you will be ok!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Depends on where. In Vietnam I felt ok with my ring, same goes for Korea.But in South Africa, where I am from , I didn’t wear it out.This summer I am heading to Kenya,Uganda etc, and wont be bringing my ring with. Even with it being insured, I would never want anyting to happen to the actual ring my Fiance bought me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I put mine in the ring box and kept it in my purse – which I kept clutched to my body unless I was going through security checks. That way I knew I wouldn’t have to take it off at those security checks and leave it in the open in one of those stupid bins for something to possibly happen to it. And I would never ever put it in my suitcases because the airlines have lost or fogotten my luggage over the years more times than I care to remember.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My Bridal Set tallies in at just under 3 Carats.

In Canada and the US, I take my rings with me, and wear them for the most part

(However, IF I know I am in a sketchy city, with high crime, and out doing something like going to clubs etc that involves late nights, drinking etc.. I usually leave “the glitter” in the Hotel Safe and go out just with my plain WBand)

On my recent cruise in the Caribbean I took my rings with me, and left them in the Cabin Safe if I was going ashore in a poorer country… or was going to be doing water sports where it might get easily lost.

If I was travelling to a third world country… then I wouldn’t bother taking the rings whatsoever… leaving them here at home in my Safety Deposit Box… and just wearing my plain WBand.

Personally, I believe in playing it safe.  Which is exactly WHY I got 2 Wedding Bands… one sparkly and one plain.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

I live in Vietnam and have an expensive e-ring. I sometimes substitute it with the cheaper silver promise ring if we leave the city or go to the ‘tourist hot spots’ where muggings can happen, but otherwise I feel quite safe wearing it.

As other Bees have said, it *really* depends on the location.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Before getting married on our recent Pre-Wedding Trip, what soontobebe: desribes is EXACTLY what we did with our WBands (and our Wedding Watches).

And we “paced” things so that Hubby behind me fed my purse thru the conveyor belt last… so by the time I had gone thru the scanning process, I was waiting on the other side to greet it / pick it up immediately

Our valuables were never out of my sight… unless they were locked up in a Hotel Safe.

When you travel ALL your valuable should ALWAYS on you or in your Carry On.  Consider NOTHING in your suitcase ever safe.

There are many many reports of luggage being tampered with in transit… and in some cases it is believed that the culprits are the folks in Baggage who do the scanning… as they can clearly see what is in each bag !!

Lol, they look at my suitcase and all they see are Clothes, Shoes and Toothpaste !!  Too boring to bother with.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @SweetChick: lol, not to mention the fact that Prince William as the Future King of England doesn’t go anywhere without a tactical swat team member as a bodyguard.  So his situation is hardly what we’d call “the norm”

  

Post # 14
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Helper bee

The only time I didn’t travel with my previous ER was when on operational tour in Afghanistan, I just didn’t think it was appropriate or practical to take with me.  My then Fiance bought me a plain Tiffany band to wear instead.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been wondering about this as well. Next month my fiance and I are having our destination wedding in Europe, and I’ve been trying to decide what to do. I don’t want to wear the wedding band before the actual wedding, but don’t know how to keep it safest until then.

And I’m not sure if I should wear/bring my engagement ring or leave it home. To complicate things, I will have to slightly re-size the engagement ring once I’m wearing them together, and I don’t know if I should do that before or after the trip. If I do it after, I can just wear a ring on each hand for the trip. But if I do it before, I can come home and just pick it up at the jeweler, ready to go.

Too many decisions for the most expensive jewelry I’ve even owned!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t travel with my set outside the continental US, period, end of story, and even depending on where we’re going within the US, I leave it locked up in our safe at home. I’m really sentimental about my set, and it contains heirloom diamonds from my grandmother, so it’s worth way more to me than the insured value (though it is fully insured). 

My issues have nothing to do with the level of poverty or sketchiness of where we’re going (most of the cities I work in are sketchier than the places we travel), but have more to do with the fact that we do a lot of active stuff when we travel- hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, etc- and I don’t wear my rings when I do stuff like that because it can be unsafe (shiny things, like diamond rings, can attract aggressive fish underwater) or because I’m afraid I’ll damage my rings (banging them around on rocks and stuff).  And to me, there’s no point taking something so valuable and so sentimental so far from home if it’s just going to stay locked in a safe 80% of the time.

I end up wearing a plain Tungsten rose gold band I bought on Amazon for like $12.  I leave it (unlocked) in the room when we’re diving, and I can wear it during any other activity and not care if it gets lost or damaged because it’s not sentimental and it’s easy to replace.  Back when I had just my e-ring, I had a cheap CZ Target special stand-in that I’d wear when we weren’t doing active things- again, cheap and unsentimental.  I know lots of women who do travel with their rings no problem, but I know I’d go crazy if anything happened to mine, so I do this for the sake of one less thing to worry about.

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