Once upon a time, in a tavern, not so far away, a groom-to-be sat with his closest friends, sipping lager and laughing at the stories of yesterdays. This was what these men referred to as a stag do.
Oh, how the times have changed…
Nowadays this tiny get together the night before the big day has evolved into something much more. It is no longer a “stag night”, but instead a “stag weekend”, a travelling celebration of your last moments together, and an adventure with all your mates before taking the plunge into the land of the married man. Your last weekend of freedom is a chance to close this chapter of your life in style, not an excuse for another night at the local – You have your whole marriage for that!
Lucky for this generation, globalization, and the ridiculous deals to be had on budget airlines, such as RyanAir, have made the idea of a stag do abroad a reality. Going abroad not only leaves the stag with lasting memories, but it is a chance for all of his mates to have a much-deserved vacation as When it comes to picking a destination, the possibilities are endless… If you are looking to sprawl out on the beach with a litre of sangria, then perhaps Barcelona is the spot. If you want to stretch your wallets, and drink pints of the best beer in the world, then Prague may seem more fitting.
Each destination has their own unique appeal, and you must decide which style best fits your group of friends, and of course, the stag – after all it is his weekend! Interviewing friends who have been on a stag do abroad (I guarantee there are a few of them!) is the best way to get first-hand knowledge on the different destinations.
Stag dos in a foreign country are not only a good way to see a different side of Europe, but they also provide an opportunity to try something new. I doubt too many members of your group have
driven communist Russian tanks, fired an AK-47, or flown in a military jet… However, it is not just the extreme that makes a stag weekend, the camaraderie amongst men, who may not have known each other so well prior to this weekend, is a priceless experience. Group bonding activities such as white water rafting, and 5-a-side football, bring everyone together, and by the end of the weekend each of you will have a handful of ‘new’ mates.
This stag do evolution has not gone unnoticed, and an entire industry has grown out of the needs it has created. Shifts in traditional tourist agencies have followed, and there are now a number of different businesses that offer entire pre-packaged stag weekends, saving you from the stress of planning. These companies offer everything from accommodation, transportation, activities, and all that is in between. Pissup is a stag do organiser that has been in the industry since the beginning. They are one of the few companies that offer their prices up front and they also provide free consultation, so it is a good idea to see what they can offer in whichever location you may be looking at.
It can also be beneficial to check out the activities that are going on in the city on your chosen dates. Many times this can be much more memorable than any activity booked. Fest 300 offers a definitive list of the best festivals happening in Europe at any given time. From the Cannabis Cup in Holland to fighting devils with fireworks during Barcelona’s Mercè festival, these activities are a sure-fire way to make this weekend unforgettable. Keep in mind though, booking around a festival will likely increase the price of flights, and accommodations, so best book early if you are going this route.
So although the deep rooted meaning of the stag do remains the same, one last memory to share with your closest mates before the next phase of life, the method in which it is conducted has improved immensely. This is not your father’s stag party, and if he comes along I am sure he will agree – It is way better!!