As wedding season approaches, it is likely that (hen and) stag weekends galore are being planned. I had a local hen weekend, however, Mr ESLT and his mates jumped on a plane and hit Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland for a weekend that he cannot even remember(!) The trend for many is now to head to a far-off land (Spain, Germany and Eastern Europe are all firm favourites in Mr ESLT’s group of friends), even though the activities that are undertaken are usually the same regardless of where in the world the stag do is.
The main aim of a stag do is to have a fun time, full of craziness and excitement. Even before the wedding planning starts, the likelihood is that the stag party action plan is already in the pipeline. For the groom specifically, the stag do holds the highest importance and guaranteed everyone has ideas on how they should bid farewell to their best buddy’s singlehood in style. If money is not a constraint then a foreign destination stag do has to be at the top of the list of options but ensure you brace yourself for the craziest time of your life.
Even though you are likely to go nuts on the trip, there are a few things that you must keep in mind so that you do not jeopardise your friend’s stag do. Here are some of the things you should consider when heading on a foreign destination stag do to ensure you have the best time and don’t end up getting in (too much) trouble!
Do not run out of cash
This is the first problem you might face on a stag do. Even though all the reservations and payments have been made even before landing in your chosen town, it’s imperative you have some cold hard cash in your pocket or at least your cash card. Not only will the cash be needed for your daily needs (most likely beer and fast food) but also if any of your friends run out/lose their cash card etc. There is often the temptation to overspend on stag dos but try to keep your budget in mind.
Do not forget the way back to your hotel
This happens a lot of times with a lot of stag groups. Enjoying the city’s nightlife is one of the primary reasons for choosing that city for the stag do. If you have had one too many you may not actually remember the way back to your hotel. Therefore, we recommend picking up one the hotels business cards from reception or writing the name and address of it down on a piece of paper and keeping it in your wallet or pocket and giving it to your taxi driver to ensure you get back to where you are staying. Being lost in a foreign city is not a good idea.
Do not get in trouble with the local police
This one is probably the most important. It is never a good idea to get into trouble involving cops even in your own city but having to face that in a different city, or a different country is by far the worst nightmare you can have. You may be having the time of your life but it’s time to reign it in if things take a turn for the worse or you may have to face dire consequences.
Do not get in trouble with residents
You must not get into a row with the locals as they are the ones who have local sources and are aware of the area. Make sure that even after getting sloshed, you keep your wits about you so that you don’t get yourself or anyone else into trouble. Plus bear in mind how you would feel if it were your own town or city.
Do not get in trouble with strippers
Visiting strip clubs and gentleman’s clubs is a criminal offence in some cities so you may want to check that out before you decide whether or not. Firstly, if the groom is not interested in such activities, do not indulge in them, it is his stag do after all. Secondly, even if you do, keep yourself in a check and remember what all you can do and what is prohibited. You will be kicked out at the very least and may even end up in jail.
So, guys, you are free to do whatever you want on your best mate’s stag do (within reason of course) but make sure that you all come back safely, without any criminal charges hanging over your head and incident-free as you really don’t want to jeopardise the wedding of your dear friend.