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Writing your best man’s speech is going to be a doddle compared to organising the stag weekend… How much can the lads afford? Will you go home or away? Will that unreliable cousin pay on time? Where can you find the most outrageous costume for the groom?
While we can’t assist with embarrassing outfits, we can take you on a tour of the best stag destinations and help you to find amazing prices on top stag holidays.
Before we examine the hottest stag destinations, let’s look at the pros and cons of staying at home versus travelling abroad:
UK stag weekends – pros
Organising a lads’ weekend away on home soil is easy to do. There is a huge range of stag weekend ideas and activities to make the final fling before the ring go with a swing. Take the boys for a golf weekend, tackle quad biking, paintballing or go-karting, or book surfing breaks on the coast. You can keep travel costs low by staying in the UK.
UK stag weekends – cons
Those activities can quickly take a big bite out of the budget. If you are considering stag do destinations in the UK and booking outdoor activities, rain and mud even in summer might make for the kind of dirty weekend you didn’t intend.
Stag do abroad – pros
The best stag destinations overseas rarely require pre-booked and pricey activities, because the destination itself provides a wealth of attractions – from sedate sightseeing to lively bars and clubs. Booze cruises and bar crawls are usually the only activities you’d need to book. It can be surprisingly cheap to book stag holidays abroad, with low-cost flights on TravelSupermarket, hotels that can cost less than in the UK, and an often-cheaper cost of living (including those all-important beers).
Stag do abroad – cons
You’ll need to pay when you book for travel to overseas stag do destinations (whether that’s flights, ferries or trains on the Channel Tunnel) – so your stags will have to cough up upfront. Here’s a tip: get the stags to send you a copy of their passport ID page so you get the names correct – it can be very costly if you get it wrong.
The capital of the Netherlands has never fallen out of the top 10 stag do destinations. Why? It’s simple: a relaxed and cool café culture, great-tasting beer, and an appetite for a party. Many stag weekend ideas begin and end in the Red Light District, but there’s so much more to this city of canals, bicycles and museums. Amsterdam is a super option for nightlife and culture.
One of the hottest stag do destinations in our top five, the party capital of Majorca sizzles in 20C+ temperatures from May to October. The nightlife is wild and holiday packages can be cheap. Costs can be kept even lower if all you do is just chill at the edge of the Med every day. Magaluf is a super option for sun-soaked days and crazy nights.
Low-cost flights to the Czech capital and cheap hotels make Prague one of the best stag destinations for groups on a budget. Oh, and the beer is inexpensive too. Organised bar crawls are popular with stag groups, while sightseeing opportunities include the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the historic centre. Prague is a super option for trips abroad on a budget.
Berlin’s nightlife truly rocks. This hip, cool and cosmopolitan city enthrals during the day with art galleries, museums and landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. But it is when night falls that Berlin really bursts into heady, alternative, non-stop life. Expect clubs, pubs and bars galore in one of Germany’s top stag destinations. Berlin is a super option for pulsating nightclubs.
Hop across the Irish Sea for one of the UK and Ireland’s favourite stag destinations. The craic sure is solid in this pretty city on the River Liffey, especially in the Temple Bar area, where traditional pubs sit side by side with jumping nightclubs. Snap up cheap flights and give your groom-to-be a weekend to remember. Dublin is a super option for history and nightlife close to home.