Post # 32
I have same conern as well. This September me and Fiance are going to Florence, Italy. The guide book mentioned the most common crime is pickpocketing, but we also learned that one of our friend got robbed at gunpoint on La Ramla (busiest tourist street at Barcelona) few years ago late at night (like 11pm, definitely not late for locals). We were so surprised to hear that, becuase we were at Barcelona last year. We stroll up and down La ramla dozen times, day and night, and felt totally safe. My take on travel with valuables is just better safe then sorry, anything can happen, you never know…..
Post # 33
interesting thread, i never thought before of not wearing my ring when travelling, and definitely not of getting a stand-in ring. i think there would be a risk of me mixing the rings up if i got a fake ring (and what if i would happen to like the fake ring better…horrible thought)
deciding now that wherever i go, my precious engagement ring will go too. i travel to scandinavia all the time and i can say it seems very safe to travel there with rings. plus my fiancé got international insurance for my ring.
Post # 34
Better safe than sorry. Just leave it at home. I never wear more than my wedding band when abroad.
Post # 35
I’m going to the Dominican Republic next month and there is no way I’m taking my ring with me. I’ll be sad to have a naked finger but crime and theft potential aside – I don’t want to have to take it off constantly or expose it to the beach, ocean and pool water.
Now If I was traveling to Europe or any non-beachy destination I would probably take it with me.
Post # 36
I have a non-engagement diamond ring that has gone with me all over Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. I will, however, not be wearing my rings when I honeymoon in Africa, moreso because it makes me uncomfortable to be in the same geographic areas affected by conflict daimonds and wearing diamonds. I happen to know that all my diamonds are over 70 years old, well before conflict diamonds were an issue, but nobody else will know that. But it’s not that I’m worried about them getting stolen – I worry about offending someone. Which is realistically ridiculous, because my friends who live in Africa say they would never be offended, but i’m just weird.
Post # 37
I feel ok with Europe and Australia, but not really any where else generally. In Italy, there was already tourist with large rings. I’ve worn my rings to Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Turkey (the second time, I was a bit uncomfortable the first time, but felt fine after being there), Switzerland, and now Ireland and its been fine. The random person could get mugged at home just as likely as abroad IMO.
Post # 38
I honeymoon for 4 months around mostly Europe, and wore a separate diamond right hand anniversary band. i wouldn’t have worn my super blingy set to some countries we went to like turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Philippines. my ring isn’t insured once I leave the country and it was going to cos. Hundreds of dollars to do it. on a recent holiday to Hawaii I wore my real set (uninsured) and we were staying in resOrts anyway. I travel to Australia with my real rings uninsured too.
Post # 39
I am german and I have lived in Seattle, Finland, Serbia, Qatar and of course Germany. I think there are “bad” places in every country. I would say no matter where you are, if you are planning on going out and you might walk to the club or back to the hotel, I would wear something simple. Or simply get in a cab and dont walk around at night.
In all these countries I have seen people wearing big rings and I myself have expensive rings. Nowadays I think every hotel has a safe, so If you go on some tourist tours/bus I suggest you leave the flashy rings in the safe.
But if you should plan on staying in a poor country, i would rather leave the fancy stuff at home.
Post # 40
Good tread! Makes me want to check out a guide book for our honeymoon location in Cancun.
Post # 41
@AnnieEsq: Not sure if this is too late or not, but is your ring insured? My policy will cover any kind of loss or theft in and out of my home country. With that kind of insurance, I feel safe traveling with my 2+ tcw ering. However, I work in a very sketchy neighborhood and if I walk to get food, I turn my ring around so the diamonds are in the palm of my hand. I figure, just in case.
Post # 42
Depends. I will be in Guatemala and will wear no jewelry, not even a simple pair of earrings. On our side trip to Belize I may wear understated, plain jewelry for our nice dinner there. In the USA, Canada, or most of Europe, I’d wear any jewelry I wanted to.