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Bachelor(ette) parties

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Travelling far away for a bachelor party (stag party) or bachelorette party (hen night) has become increasingly popular. Throwing a surprise party abroad can provide an exciting experience.

Bachelor or bachelorette holidays are more popular in Europe and North America than other places, because the rise of air travel on a budget as well as cheap, high quality and fast rail connections at least in Europe have made interstate and international travel cheaper and easier.

Travellers can for instance visit a low-income country, or a country with more liberal alcohol laws.


A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.Eddie Cantor
Hen party punting in Cambridge
  • Agree on costs well in advance. These parties can ultimately cost a fortune; as it's customary to let the guest of honour ride for free (at least if it is a surprise party) someone has to pick up the tab. Participants might have very different budget limits.
  • All for the bride/groom. Though a bachelor(ette) party often includes pranks and humiliation, someone in the crew should be responsible that borders are not crossed, and that the guest of honour will be happy in the end.
  • Don't overdo. These parties are usually through within a weekend. There are usually delays, so don't try to mash in too many activities.
  • Obey the law. Latvia has a special police unit for dealing with bachelor parties.
  • Avoid common scams. Travellers, especially those who are intoxicated and adventurous, are easy targets for fraud and rip-offs.
  • Try to not annoy the locals too much. Yes it is only a weekend, but some cities have bachelor(ette) parties descend upon their inner cities every week (and not necessarily only during some particular season) so you should definitely cut down on the most obnoxious behavior, as the attitude towards those that come after you might just depend on your not urinating in public, sexually harassing random locals, etc.


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