1.3 million people are set to head overseas this year to celebrate a stag or hen party. These overseas stag and hen trips are unsurprisingly most popular amongst 25-34 year olds and in 2014 7% of men and 2% of women in this age group partied overseas.
Despite large numbers going abroad, UK based stag and hen parties remain more popular overall. Hens are more likely to hold celebrations at home and stags make up the majority of people travelling abroad; three fifths of people travelling overseas for a stag or hen party are male travellers.
Stag and hen parties are now firmly part of pre-wedding celebrations and with the number of people getting married on the increase according to the ONS, the number of people planning stag and hen parties is likewise expected to grow.
According to a survey of ABTA Members specialising in stag and hen breaks, Newcastle, home to Geordie Shore, is the most popular destination for stags in the UK. Similarly, the TOWIE effect has led to Marbella taking the top spot for hen parties abroad.
For stags, Prague, renowned as a stag destination holds the top spot for overseas destinations with Barcelona, Benidorm, Budapest and Riga making up the rest of the top five. In the UK stags are heading to Newcastle, Bournemouth, Bristol, Edinburgh and London.


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