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Cost of hen and stag dos soars as Brits head abroad to party

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19/04/2013
The cost of planning a wedding may have crept up over the years but that hasn't stopped brides and grooms shelling out on their final nights of freedom.
Cost of hen and stag dos soars as Brits head abroad to party

According to a new poll, one in six Brits are going on a hen or stag do abroad this year, with Barcelona topping the chart as the most popular destination for stags and Ibiza the favourite among hens.

However, this desire for couples to say farewell to their single lives in the sunshine comes at a price, with the average cost of a stag or hen party abroad coming in at £276 per head with one in 10 willing to fork out £500 or more, research from Confused.com reveals.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, groups of revellers abroad find themselves in complicated situations.

According to the findings, 13% of people polled admitted to getting drunk and being thrown out of their hotel, while a further 10% have been arrested as a result of their drunken behaviour.

Meanwhile, nearly a quarter have lost friends on a night out when on a stag or hen do in a foreign country. A further one in 10 claim either they or another member of the party ended up missing their flight home and many revellers have lost or had items stolen including their mobile phone (7%), luggage (5%) and passport (2%).

Party-goers are reminded that their travel insurance may not pay out if the reason for lost items, illness or injury occurred when under the influence of alcohol.

Mhairi Edwards, head of travel insurance at Confused.com said:

“Hen and stag parties are an essential part of any wedding plans. But, with increasing amounts of parties being held abroad it is important not to forget vital things like travel insurance. Illness, accident, lost passports and missed flights can all put a financial and stressful strain on a trip, but having adequate insurance cover could help ease these problems.”

“It is important for individuals going on these sorts of trips to be aware of the kind of risks they may be putting themselves under. Therefore they should ensure they have travel insurance that will cover them for such possibilities.”

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