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10% arrested on stag & hen trips abroad

With 16 per cent of Brits heading abroad for stag and hen parties this year, many booze-fuelled party-goers are likely to end up in trouble with the local law, research by shows.

This desire for a few days of drunken debauchery with your mates in the sunshine can often come with a heavy price tag, according to new research.

One in 10 stag and hen do revellers have been arrested as a result of their drunken behaviour overseas, our survey shows.

And 13 per cent admit to getting drunk and being thrown out of their hotel.

Drunken antics

A minority – 7 per cent – of party-goers have even gone as far as having a tattoo or piercing to commemorate the stag or hen party.

According to the findings, 23 per cent have lost friends when on a stag or hen do in a foreign country.

One in 10 claims that either they or another member of the party ended up missing their flight home.

Meanwhile, many travellers report that they have also lost or had items stolen with the most common being mobile phones, luggage and passports.

Top five destinations

When it comes to favourite foreign destinations, Barcelona tops the chart as the most popular place for stags while Ibiza is number one among hens.

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Not cheap

Heading overseas is not cheap as the average cost of a stag or hen party abroad is £276.

However, some revellers are really willing to splash the cash, with 11 per cent forking out £500 or more for a party to remember.

Yet not all Brits are willing to travel overseas to celebrate their friends last night of freedom – 51 per cent think it’s a big ask to expect people to travel abroad for a stag or hen party.

And 18 per cent have turned down an invite to a stag or hen party abroad because of cost.

A quarter of people even said they would never go on a stag or hen abroad as they think it would be too expensive.

Adequate cover

Mhairi Duffin, head of travel insurance at, said: "Hen and stag parties are an essential part of any wedding plans.

"But, with increasing numbers 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 can 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.

"And they should ensure they have travel insurance that will cover them for such possibilities."

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Adam Jolley

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Adam Jolley is a content producer at He joined us in May 2012 from the world of financial services PR.

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