survey by online bank Egg found that 20
per cent of partygoers lose valuables, 17
per cent need medical help after sports
or drunken accidents and 10 per cent will
have items stolen while celebrating the
end of single life abroad.
seem to be the most at risk, with four times as many men losing
personal items as hens, and twice as many falling victim to thieves.
Only one per cent of women suffer injuries on a weekend away, compared
to 14 per cent of men.
of revellers end up being arrested, and nearly half travel without
any insurance, causing extra headaches for UK officials in overseas
posts who are often called on to bail them out of trouble.
Public Accounts committee of MPs has suggested that irresponsible
tourists are "named and shamed" - and made to pay for
our nationals have landed themselves in trouble as a result of their
own irresponsibility, the FCO should not hesitate to charge them
for its services," committee chair Tory MP Edward Leigh said.
AND PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING
old Scout motto - Be Prepared - is still the best policy for a stag
or hen weekend, even if you will be participating in activities
that Akela might not approve of.
these tips before you go to make sure you stay out of trouble:
team needs a captain - and a group of carousing party animals on
the lash is no exception. The bride or groom have already got a
lot to think about, so this is where the best man or chief bridesmaid
should step in. Their job is to make sure everyone knows where they
need to be - and when they need to be there.
THE PAPERWORK OUT
where did you leave your passport? If you haven't been abroad for
a while, make sure your passport is still valid and in good working
order, with all the necessary visas. You don't want to be the one
left at the check-in counter while all your mates waltz through
the departure gates without you, do you?
somewhere exotic? Check to see if you need any vaccinations at least
six weeks before you go and consider whether you need to take extra
even think about leaving home without travel insurance, unless you
want the fates to conspire against you. If you're planning any high-risk
activities, check your policy to make sure you're covered. Be aware
that most insurers take a fairly dim view of drunken 'accidents'.
need to know more about where you're going than where to track down
those mythical 10p pints. Get a good guidebook and get to know your
destination - take particular notice of any local laws and customs.
Check the FCO travel advice for your destination online at www.fco.gov.uk
or call 0845 850 2829.
copies of your passport, insurance policy (especially the 24-hour
emergency number), and ticket details. Give one set to your group
'minder', then leave another set, along with your itinerary, and
contact details, with family and friends.
think you can rely on the generosity of others - take enough money
for your trip and some back-up funds - either in travellers cheques,
sterling or US dollars. Keep a close eye on any credit or debit
cards while you're away.
common sense when it comes to valuables and packing - if in doubt,
leave it behind.
little bit of old-fashioned courtesy goes a long way. Sharing a
crowded flight with a flock of cackling hens or roaring stags isn't
everyone's idea of fun - and acting like a bunch of louts abroad
won't do much for EU togetherness.