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"Stags On A Plane!" If it's not already a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, then it really should be. Scaring off a few snakes, that's kids' stuff (Didn't Saint Patrick do that in Ireland, and all he had was a stick?), but shepherding a bunch of highly excitable blokes, who rarely pay any attention, to your chosen destination, now that is a challenge.
However, it needn't be stressful. If you plan in advance and make sure all the guys each have their particulars in hand (stop sniggering at the back, you know what we mean), then you'll soon be flying the friendly skies to sun, sand and stag salvation. If you're venturing further afield for your stag do, there are a few extra considerations to get sorted that you won't face if you're staying in the UK.
When travelling with a group, it's a good idea to make sure that you have not only enough money to cover your trip's expenses, but also an 'emergency fund', just in case. Pre-paid travel money cards such as a Post Office money card is handy for this. For the best exchange rates, check online (we recommend MoneySupermarket) and try to swap currency before you travel as it will be cheaper. And if you're deciding on prices abroad, using an exchange rate app on your phone will ensure you know exactly how much you're paying for your Cerveza.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is sometimes overlooked and we get the occasional call from stags who are standing in airports holding 15 plane tickets but only 14 valid passports. Make sure the guys all check. Although many airlines and hotels claim to accept e-tickets, play it safe and get printouts sorted just in case technology lets you down. Even if you book your trip well ahead, be aware that new passport applications can take up to 6 weeks to process. On the day of travel, your passport will need to have at least 6 months left and be less than 10 years old (except for travel to Ireland where you can use your passport as long as it’s valid for the duration of your visit).
And before you all leave your hometown, appoint one person to check that everyone has their tickets and passport as a failsafe "numpty" check.
Travelling to Europe after Brexit won’t impact your ability to head off on your big stag celebration (unless you’re going for more than three months, which would be one helluva send-off!) as you’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in a 180-day period in most EU countries, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway.
If you visit Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus or Croatia, trips to other EU countries won’t count towards your 90-day total.
For more info, visit the gov website.
Government restrictions can and do change rapidly. Below is a list of current restrictions at the time of writing, however, to make sure there are no issues you are best to check the government website before you set off.
You might think it's a little overdramatic for just a short trip, but should something happen it's a hell of a lot cheaper than European medical fees. The Post Office's travel insurance is very affordable, covering each individual for just £2.69 a day, and offers to include up to £5m in medical fees. However, always make sure that your insurance covers any activities you've lined up - often 'extreme sports', for example, aren't included and so you may have to pay a little more. Take a copy of your insurance papers away with you in your stag pack and leave a printed copy with someone at home, just in case.
Your EHIC will remain valid post-Brexit if you’re travelling to an EU country and will entitle you to heavily discounted or free medical treatment on the continent, where national healthcare systems are uncommon. If you haven’t got an EHIC, you can now get yourselves a Global Health Insurance Card which gives you the right to receive state healthcare in an EU state. You can get yours here.
Don't get stung by expensive airport taxis, get online and book something ahead of time. Easier still, our team can arrange all your transfers for you. And if you want to get your party started as soon as you step out the airport, then you can travel in style…
We’ve all seen the horror stories of stags behaving badly, sadly it does happen, and there will always be a minority making a bad name for the rest of us. The simple rule of thumb when travelling is always: “Be nice!”.
Being British you should of course never be held back from your beverage by some Johnny Foreigner who doesn't speak the Queen's English. If in doubt, point and talk much louder… we're kidding, obviously do not do this!
Having a crack at the local lingo can help ingratiate yourself with the locals who, although they might reply in English, will appreciate you giving it a go.
It's easy to get caught out while heading overseas by letting a little hijinks impact on your weekend. Following a few brushes with the law by British travellers, the Foreign Office launched a new campaign to make sure travellers can check out any local laws or Foreign Office travel advice to keep themselves out of sticky situations.
For example, did you know:
Spain - "Don't el drink and el drive". Alcohol limits are much lower in Spain than the UK, so it's best to steer clear of alcohol if you’re going to be driving.
Germany - No way, AA. It's actually illegal to run out of fuel on the Autobahn.
Italy - It's illegal to eat or drink alcohol on the steps of churches or cathedrals in some parts of Italy.
United Arab Emirates - If you're trying to kick the habit be aware, e-cigarettes are banned in every part of the UAE.
Indonesia - It's considered bad form to point, eat or touch another person with your left hand in Indonesia and some other Eastern destinations. The right hand is reserved for these activities as the left hand is used to wipe your a...
France - In France you're required by law to carry your own breathalyzer in your car at all times.
For details of any destinations you might be planning to visit in the near future check out the foreign office advice page.
We don't want to sound like your mother, but with a large group (and possibly a few drinks being enjoyed occasionally), it's always best to make sure you are at least a little prepared should anything go awry.
You'll be sent via email/SMS StagWeb's Emergency Number (+44 7590 296246), so add that into your phone and keep it with you at all times. We're only ever a phone call away.
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