Stag and Hen party Britons urged to take out travel insurance



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The Foreign Office has released a new plea for those travelling abroad on hen and stag weekends to make sure they take out travel insurance before they go.

With Britons notorious for their loud and rowdy behavior, the Foreign Office revealed that common hen and stag party incidents include waking up in a bin, naked and upside down, as well as waking up in police cells.

In more extreme cases a Briton in Amsterdam fell off a hotel balcony and ended up in hospital for a fortnight, while another fell in a canal.

The Foreign Office’s primary concern was the 169,000 hen and stag party goers who were travelling without insurance this year, a large proportion of the one million expected to travel.

Top of the hen and stag destinations this year is Riga in Latvia, while Prague, Barcelona, and Marbella are also expected to see a lot of Brits.

Phil Lord from the Foreign Office explained, “Stag and hen dos are all about having a great time but the celebrations can come to an abrupt end if things go wrong.

“Cultural differences mean some people will take offence to risque fancy dress costumes and rowdy behaviour.

“So, to avoid a hostile reception from the locals or even spending the weekend in jail, make sure you research your destination and know your limits.”

A consular official in Spain, Maria Leng, said, “Consular staff in Spain regularly handle cases involving arrests, hospitalisation and lost and stolen passports.

“Have fun but remember a combination of sun and alcohol doesn’t always mix.”

Comments & Debate

  1. May 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm John Stone Commented:

    You should check with your insurance provider before buying coverage for a Stag and Hen party trip over an important, specific exclusion. Most plans will not provide emergency health coverage is the injury is related to drinking alcohol. If you get hurt due to inebriation, or even just a few too many, you are likely to have trouble with having your claim denied due to the booze involved.

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