(Closed) Why don't people take their rings on vacation?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee

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peegee:  Here’s the thing about thieves though. Even if they sell your ring for $100, that’s money in their pocket. They’re not looking to get appropriate resale value, they’re looking to get things that can get them money. 

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My fingers swell often so I just don’t always want to wear my rings (I rarely wear them at home) so I wouldn’t want to forget them or lose them… or be forced to wear them.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I can understand some of the reasons why some people would leave their rings at home. What I don’t understand is when people say they are leaving their rings home because they don’t want to be a target, then go out and get a CZ set that looks just as flashy, it’s just cheap. But they’re still are target. So what was the point?

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

I have a travel ring because I don’t want to get sand/sunscreen/sweat/etc in it or bang it up (it’s really high profile) but I also want to wear a ring so peeps know I’m taken. I’m really cautious with my real ring though even when I’m not on vacation, like I take it off to wash my hands always. Fiance got it custom made and worked really hard on it, so it’s not like I can just get it replaced. Plus my travel ring was $20 so if I lose it or it gets stolen then NBD, and my real ring is 2 cts and my travel is 0.5,  so less flashy 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

I brought mine on my recent trip and I would have been better off leaving them at home.  My hands were swollen from the heat and I coudn’t even wear them!

 

Post # 37
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Honey Beekeeper

I wear my rings on vacation, but I have to admit that I don’t really grasp the concept of a “stand in, ” even apart from the small chance of being someone’s  physical target. I mean, I would know I’m married. Who cares what absolute strangers think?  

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Depends on the vacation. Usually I don’t because it involves sand, water, or lots heat. Paranoia has nothing to do with it. It’s just not comfortable for some activities.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

We lived for five months in an Asian country that is rather poor… I wasn’t worried about my rings being stolen at all but I just didn’t feel comfortable to be flashing them around when the locals make $300/month on average. It’s not just rings though, I felt uncomfortable having our housekeeper clean our house full of stuff we had brought with us. Not that she would ever steal anything but I found it uncomfortable because she wasn’t much older than me but I was in a completely different financial position than her just because I happened to be born in a Western country.

Post # 40
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Busy bee

I don’t have an Ering and my wedding ring is very modest but I am worried about losing it because it was my grandmother’s. We went to Nepal a few weeks after getting married and I left it behind at home. Not because of theft, not at all. I was worried about losing it partly because I wasn’t sure how secure it would be on my finger in the cold cold mountains when my fingers shrank, but mostly because I was worried I’d take it off in a bathroom to moisturise or something and forget/lose it. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

I’m not worried about theft, really. But I take my rings off occasionally throughout the day for chores, putting on lotion, etc. I also take them off to sleep. I’m comfortable leaving them in the usual places around the house, because there are only a few places I would put them. But if I’m in a hotel room and I take them off for the same reason, I won’t be in the habit of looking in those familiar places that I have at home.

I will take them with me for trips that are closer to home, because if I forget them, I can always go back. But if we’re traveling overseas, I just won’t take the risk. I’d rather lose a $20-50 ring than my set which is worth thousands.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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KitSnicket:  

I almost never take my rings off.  I sleep, shower, cook, exercise, plant flowers, etc. with them on.  I probably take them off once every two weeks for air during a shower or if I have the foresight that I don’t want raw hamburger getting all up in them.  So obviously I would travel with my rings.  It makes sense that I would.  If I took my rings off every time I washed my hands, slept, put lotion on, etc. then I would not travel with my rings.  I wouldn’t want the chance of misplacing them away from home.

Theft would literally never be a consideration.  And wearing a faux gem stand in has nothing to do with safety from theft or harm.  It has to do with other things.

Post # 43
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Busy bee

The advantage of having an understated ring. In the UK we don’t really have serious bling, my 1/2 carat is the norm. If I DID have a huge one though, I’d just leave it off. Not sure why one would *have* to wear a ring at all times, at least while engaged…. perhaps a simple plain band if you’ve been married for years and feel odd without it. 

Post # 44
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Blushing bee

Lol at the idea of buying a big, blingy CZ stand-in for traveling. 

My rings are insured so I’m not worried about them being stolen.

I’m more concerned with my 3 carats of bling sticking out like a sore thumb and creating the impression that DH and I are so-called wealthy Americans.

There are some areas of the world where it’s really not a good idea to draw attention to yourselves — you could be targeted or stalked because they might assume you’re carrying a lot of cash or have valuables (such as more jewelry) in your hotel room.

Wearing a big fat blingy CZ would seemingly solve the problem of your real jewelry being stolen, but it would also do a really great job of making you look like you look like a flashy American tourist. I wouldn’t assume that a third world crook would nicely ask me to hand over my CZ. A criminal who’s desperate or crazy enough will chop off your hand or kill you for those things.

Which is why I wear a very modest stand-in gold band when we’re traveling. 

 

Post # 45
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Sugar bee

I’d have international insurance, but it would really depend on where I was going and what I was doing as to whether I’d take/wear my rings or not… In my travels around South East Asia the one place I felt really unsafe was in the most developed country/city of the lot. If I wore my ring overseas and felt unsafe then I would just put it in the hotel safe along with our passports.

We are thinking of honeymooning in Central and South America for 3-4months and I think that is one place I definitely would not be wearing my ring/s. I would be hesitant to wear them in some countries in Eastern Europe too.

If you were traveling with a large tour group  – I wouldn’t be so worried, but traveling off the beaten track as a couple, I’d be far more wary.

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