An increasing number of Britons are travelling abroad for hen and stag parties, with many going to Europe but an increasing number going as far afield as the United States.
The rising availability of popular destinations and competitively priced flights has added to the increase in trips to European cities such as Prague for pre-wedding festivities. There are even companies that will organise the whole weekend’s activities for hens, stags and their friends, such as outdoor pursuits or city breaks.
James Caldwell, director of independent online finance portal Fair Investment Company, said: “An increasing number of people are enjoying cheap short-haul flights to celebrate stag and hen parties over a weekend, but it is important to make sure you go equipped with good travel insurance.
“Illness, accident, lost passports and cancelled flights can all put a financial and stressful strain on a trip, but having adequate insurance cover can help ease these problems.”
The Foreign Commonwealth Office has also pointed out the dangers of travelling abroad without packing adequate travel insurance. For example, during the period of April 2005 and April 2006, 1,268 Britons were arrested in the US, 955 were hospitalised in Greece, 376 lost their lives in France and 6,078 lost their passports in Spain.
FCO Minister, Meg Munn, said: “One of the most important tasks for the Foreign Office is our work to help British nationals in distress overseas. As this report shows, although some of the incidents people face are unavoidable, many can be prevented with a little planning and careful preparation.
The FCO recommends simple precautions to protect yourselves from common travelling traumas, risks and dangers, whether on a stag or hen party or just indulging in a short break, such as researching your destination, getting comprehensive travel insurance, checking medical requirements and taking copies of important documents, which could save time, hassle and money in the long-run.
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