Travellers open up about strict dating rules – from curfews to dating app ban

Travellers open up about strict dating rules – from curfews to dating app ban

04/13/2021

Two sisters are using social media to crush stereotypes that surround the traveller community.

Caitlin, 19, and Lizzy Mac, 20, began their mission back in 2019 – and since then, they've racked up over 435,000 followers on TikTok.

Now known as the "Caravan Queens", the two have filmed a six-part series on YouTube revealing everything about travellers.

And in the latest episode, the siblings spill the beans on curfews, strict dating rules and even marriage.

According to Caitlin and Lizzy, the rules of having a boyfriend are different in each family, although the two are both allowed to date.

But if the pair, who are both currently single, are going out to meet a fella, there will be a curfew.

Lizzy told Fabulous: "It depends what time you go out, but you will usually have to be home by 10pm.

"Chances are your mummy will know about the date.

"A lot of girls will tell their mothers, but they don't tell their daddy until the boy goes in and asks to marry the daughter."

When it comes to meeting their boyfriends, dating apps, including Tinder, are not allowed within the travelling community.

Instead, the girls are likely to follow tradition which is looking for a partner at an organised event, like weddings.

Caitlin revealed: "You won't see a traveller on a dating app, I have never seen or heard of a girl on a dating app."

While the influencer says rules may be slightly different for boys, it's "just a no" for women.

She says travellers are "more likely to meet through mutual friends", who can help to set them up.

Tradition means "it is up to the guy to introduce himself", which is often done via social media.

As couples are getting to know each other they aren't left alone so rely on events to mingle with one another.

Famously, there's a ritual that can help at these events called "grabbing".

It involves boys enticing over single girls they want to kiss – and women aren't allowed to do the approaching.

Despite this, Caitlin says "grabbing" isn't very common for late teenagers and adults in the traveller community.

She said: “The only people that do it are probably 12 to maybe 13 year old boys, and that was like ten years ago.

“Nowadays if that happens, I would be like ‘omg someone help me’, and everyone will be like ‘omg what are you doing?’”

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Once singletons have got to the "talking" stage, a typical date could range from cinema, bowling or even food.

And if these rules aren't followed, the girls said it could tarnish their name which can prevent them from meeting any future husbands.

Lizzy said: "If a girl runs away with a boy she would have to marry him as soon as she returned home or she would be disowned…

"It is just a rule that goes without saying within the community."

While some assume travellers have arranged marriages, the pair insist this isn't actually the case.

Lizzy added: "We don't have them. You pick who you want a relationship with, that's how it works."

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