Hey fellow travellers
My fiancee and I are travelling around Sth America beginning March 2008 before heading to USA (and getting married in Las Vegas). My fiancee is very concerned about her sentimental engagement ring in Sth America? Need she be? we dont have a lot of alternatives other than wearing it day to day, she has read a few horro stories about muggings etc and 'flashing' jewelley around.
Does this apply to engagement rings (its not ultra bling or anything), Should she be worried??
Personally, I wouldn't bring anything you don't want to lose. That includes not just jewelry but anything you just can't afford to lose, electronics, favorite stuffed animal, lucky t-shirt. If the item is so sentimental you can't stand the thought of losing it, don't bring it. I travel assuming anything I bring won't come home with me, and if it does, I'm all the luckier.
Here's why. I'm not saying you WILL get mugged, in fact, I travelled around six South American countries for a year and never had anything stolen from me. But I lost a number of things due to my own carelessness (left dictionary on the bus, gloves at a hostal, etc). This is because when travelling, there are just too many opportunities to lose something when you don't have a regular routine like when you're at home.
My thoughts are: leave the ring at home; wear it on a necklace under all your clothing; or is there any way to arrange to have it sent to you in Las Vegas for the big day? Good luck, and enjoy South America. It's a great place to spend a lot of time!
Leave the ring at home. I travel quite a bit and am married but sometimes I am on my own. Wearing a wedding ring helps the hassle factor. But I travel with a cheap gold band, think under $50. It's not worth having to make a choice like your safety or your engagement ring on the fly and you can never replace the sentimental value. Personally, I would buy her a cheap wedding band (just for travel), it will come in handy for travel once you are married and she won't care if she looses it.
In Peru, at least, she shouldn't be.