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I’m a traveller and there’s loads of things we aren’t allowed to do – women can’t even drink before we’re married

A TRAVELLER has shared a list of things that girls on her community are not allowed to do.

She revealed that women aren’t allowed to drink until they are married, and are banned from sleepovers with non-travellers.

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Zoey revealed some of the things traveller girls are not allowed to do[/caption]

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She said that women can’t drink until they’re married[/caption]

Zoey took to TikTok to share an insight into her life as an Irish traveller.

She said: “Before we get married, we aren’t allowed to drink, and we’re not allowed to smoke”.

She added that even though she is now married, there is no way she would ever smoke.

“Jesus Christ, that’s so disgusting”, she said.

Another thing that Zoey was not allowed to do when she was a child, was mix with people from outside the traveller community.

“You can mix with them in school, but outside school you’re not allowed”, she said.

When Zoey was a child, she said she would never even bother asking her parents if she could have a sleepover at a non- traveller’s house, as she knew the answer would be no.

“That would never happen in a million years”, she said.

Another cultural difference between travellers and non-travellers is that they drop out of school when they are very young.


Zoey explained that some travellers don’t even go to secondary school at all, whilst others drop out when they are around 13.

She said that she herself stopped attending school when she was around 13 or 14.

“What’s the point of going to school?”, she said.

“Because being a traveller, you’re never going to be able to get a job”.

Facts on Gypsy and Traveller communities

Typically, Gypsies is a term used to describe Romani people, who migrated to Europe from India. 

Meanwhile, traveller refers to a group of people who usually have either Irish, Scottish or English heritage. 

It’s though that around 300,000 Gypsy Roma and Irish Travellers live in the UK.

Both groups come from nomadic ways of life, however, as it is increasingly difficult to find land to live on many are moving into permanent housing.

They place high value on family life and often live close together even after reaching adult years and getting married.

Often the men are the breadwinners of the family while the women stay home.

While many English gypsy girls are allowed to drink alcohol and go on holiday with their friends before they get married, many Irish traveller girls are not allowed to do this.

Zoey’s video, which was posted under the username @zoey_pon, has gone viral, racking up over 312,000 views on the video sharing platform.

TikTok users raced to the video’s comments section to share their thoughts on her revelations.

One person said: “My best friend in primary school was a traveller and we lost contact as she didn’t go to secondary school.

“She was such an amazing friend”.

Another person said: “This is really interesting, I’d love to hear more.”

A third person said: “I dropped out of school at 14”.

A fourth added: “I know so many traveller girls with so many talents and skills.

“There’s always someone that will hire you”.

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