I remember when we were trying to work out where to go on a stag do for my best mate. He wanted to do something wild and crazy for his last weekend of freedom. We wanted to do something that wouldn't leave us all broke for six months. So we settled on finding a place in the UK, but booking some mad activities (hint: don't do an indoor bungee jump if you want to keep your lunch in the right place).
Afterwards, I realised there are actually golden rules for whittling down the options. If you want to know where to go on a stag do, all you have to do is answer these questions:
Is there something the groom really wants to do?
First and foremost, a stag do is there to give the groom a taste of freedom, for one last glorious time. So as best man, your job is to find out if there's any activity he really wants to do. Let's say he wants to drive a supercar through a jungle. Your list is now one destination long. Cancun it is!
Can the chaps afford it?
This is a tricky one, but it's a question you really need to answer when you're working out where to go on a stag do. On the one hand, you want to grant the groom's biggest wishes. But if only two of the chaps can afford to come along for the ride, you have to ask what's more important. Mates or madness? Without the fellas, a big bucket list activity is just one bloke jumping out of a plane.
Has the groom got a passport?
No passport: no foreign stag do. Unless you want his present to be the chance to wait in line all day at the nearest express passport office. Go where the groom can go, without causing unnecessary stress and hassle.
Sun, sea, and senoritas - or mental metalheads?
European stag do destinations are basically split into two camps: permanently hot places like Barcelona and Marbella, where the bold and beautiful swank around in bikinis jiggling their bottoms at you; and Eastern European cities full of alluringly icy blondes and AK-47s. What's your poison - beach clubs and Made in Chelsea cast members, or assault rifles and metal pubs?
Do you know the destination already?
There are two answers to the question of where to go on a stag do - somewhere you've been before, or somewhere you haven't. Opt for the first, and you won't have to worry about sussing out which bars, pubs, and clubs are for you. Go for the second, and you get adventure. Are you a homebody at heart, or a discoverer of new frontiers?
Date Posted: Friday 27th November 2015
Author: Jim Alexander