Congrats, you’re newly engaged!
Now, you’re probably asking yourself the same thing I did after Daniel popped the question and we set off on our first trip with my shiny new bling: Should I buy travel rings?
The semi-new trend of “travel rings” is being touted all over the internet recently, saying that we should leave our wedding rings at home and travel with cheap, fake ones instead.
To be honest, this annoys me.
In my opinion, travel rings are not only overrated but also completely unnecessary. If you’re wondering if you really need to buy fake engagement rings for travel, my answer is a resounding no.
If you’re still not convinced, keep reading to see the three major arguments for buying a travel ring, and all the reasons why I think they’re completely wrong.
Argument 1: Flashy Rings Will Mark You as a Target for Theft
If flashy rings mark women as targets then why aren’t we getting mugged left and right in the US? Or is this stat only accurate in the terrifying world beyond our borders?
If a diamond ring makes someone a target, wouldn’t working in a cafe on a $1,200 Macbook or chatting on a $1,000 iPhone do the same? What about visiting an expensive restaurant or hotel, or the hundreds of dollars of camera gear that tourists often have hanging around their necks?
I haven’t read any blog posts convincing me to leave these at home, yet it’s the tiny ring that’ll get me noticed.
Also, if I don’t want to stand out, why would I buy a fake travel ring that looks shiny and real? Wouldn’t that just completely recreate the problem I was trying to avoid?
Traveling smart will keep you safe abroad. Buying fake wedding rings for travel probably won’t.
Argument 2: You’ll Lose It
Seriously, what makes me more likely to lose my rings while traveling than I would at home?
I never take my rings off so losing them is already a stretch. But even for those that remove them to sleep or take a shower, I don’t understand why sticking with that habit abroad rather than at home is all of a sudden so much riskier.
I’ve been traveling full-time with my rings for years.
I’ve gone diving, hiking, mountain climbing, camping, trekking, and more while wearing them. I’ve taken countless flights and packed and unpacked my bags in hostels, homes, hotels, apartments, and campsites around the world.
Do you know what Daniel and I have lost in the past few years?
Shoes, earrings, makeup, wallets, cash, sunglasses, hats, water bottles, headphones, and approximately 10,000 bobby pins. And all of our luggage when our Megabus left us on the side of the road and we had to rent a car to chase it down from Indianapolis to Chicago. And our entire campsite when we left it set up on the beach in Oman and everything was stolen while we were out for the day. And multiple phones. And our dignity.
Do you know what we haven’t lost, though? Our rings.
Even in a worst case scenario, I have them insured through USAA on their own policy for only $45 a year. They can also be covered under travel insurance or homeowner’s insurance, but I really don’t think you’ll need it.
If you aren’t going to lose your ring in your day-to-day life, you won’t lose it while traveling either.
Argument 3: Travel Rings Ward Off Unwanted Attention
I actually laughed out loud when I read this argument and I know every woman who has traveled alone exists on this earth can agree.
A man felt the need to make a comment to me this week while I was walking down the street in my gym clothes next to my husband. To think a tiny piece of metal and stone will make a difference is naive.
Plus, not every country has a tradition of exchanging rings at a wedding. So, you know what those ingenious fake wedding bands signify to people in many parts of the world? Absolutely nothing.
In an interesting article on Travel Solo Anyway, the author interviewed solo female travelers who tried wearing fake wedding rings to keep men at bay. In the end, they all reported the same thing… it just doesn’t work.
Who’s Promoting These Travel Rings?
Anytime I read an article about buying fake engagement rings for travel it’s always written by either a jewelry company or a travel publication.
The jewelry company obviously wants to sell you more rings, but the travel blog’s motive might not be as obvious to you. However, take a look at the top or the bottom of the article about travel rings. If you see a disclaimer that the post has affiliate links, that means anything you buy will come with a commission for the site as well.
I’ve got nothing against affiliate marketing – I do it here on Slight North – but I’m just here to share my own opinion on the matter. And that opinion is that the only people telling you to buy fake engagement rings for travel are the ones trying to sell them to you and you don’t have to listen.
So, Should You Travel With Fake Rings?
It’s just another way to make travel more complicated than it needs to be and for companies to sell us more stuff we don’t need.
I’ve been traveling for years with my rings without any problems, and I recommend that you do too. Chances are, you’re going to be just fine.
PS Browse more of my opinion pieces in the Interesting Reads series to find out exactly what I think about tourists, learn about season-hopping, humor my therapeutic rant about furnished Airbnb apartments and much more.