Rob Reaks , July 23, 2019
Top tips for group travel with Red7. We’ve been organising amazing hen parties and stag weekends for decades, they’ve seen and heard it all. Don’t spoil your BIG weekend by making some obvious, and not so obvious, mistakes!
A hen do / stag party is supposed to be a lot of fun, it’s your last big party with your besties before you settle down to married life. You’ll probably (hopefully) only have one hen / stag do in your life, so make it a good one!
Group organiser? It’s unlikely that you’ve ever organised a UK or overseas holiday for 10, 20 or 30 people! So, organising a Hen Do / stag party is serious business. It can be stressful, your group will be judging you on how good this party is. Tensions can run high. Here are some Top Tips for getting it RIGHT. And, for more reassurance, the sooner you call us here at Red7, the sooner you’ll be on your way to a fantastic group holiday! (01273 872200)
Don’t worry to much about seeking consensus or you’ll never get anywhere, pick a date and a destination, set a reasonable budget and let people opt in or out. Opening things up to discussion will make your life so stressful, as people often disagree. So, less choice means less stress! If you do want to let people have their say, perhaps choose two destinations and put it to the vote? (Lots of people actually have two hen parties – the big one, often a few nights overseas in Portugal or Spain – and another smaller one in the UK, usually just for one night.)
Where you stay matters, it sets the tone for the whole weekend. Yes, you might be on a budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to slum it in some out of town digs, or squeeze into a hostel (although, hostels these days are pretty good, and usually very central – just, not so much privacy and can be noisy!). Also, usually the price is dictated by the location – close to town, more expensive, out of town, cheaper! But, it’s sometimes a false economy as the taxi fares could end up costing a fortune, especially in the early hours! Perhaps be flexible WHEN you go and WHERE you go…..make sure you don’t clash with a major festival or event – including party conferences in places like Brighton and Bournemouth. The scarcity of hotel beds will make your stay very expensive. So, if you find the costs are high, this could be the reason; change your dates or switch destinations – you could save yourselves a fortune and spend the money saved on more activities!
Build your itinerary carefully – you don’t want too much to do, but you don’t want to be too idle. Be aware that your activities may be spread geographically – so you’ll need to arrange transfers and allow enough time to get to and fro. Depending on your accommodation (hotels, villas, party houses or apartments) you may be able to get your activity providers to come to you! Check with the hotel, as some won’t allow naked butlers to run around the place, but hotels will often be able to provide a function room where this would be possible. The classic hen party activities – cocktail making, afternoon tea, nude life drawing – can be done at your party house or villa, which can be a lot more relaxing for the group and eliminates transfer times and costs. Read more for our final two top tips.
Pre-book (and even pre-pay) for your evening meals. Picture it, you’re in a busy City centre, peak tourist season, dinner time; you’re not going to get a large table in the best restaurant without booking well in advance. Let the restaurant know you’re a large group and they’ll be able to send you a menu in advance, let you pre-order and even pre-pay. Save loads of hassle on the night, and you won’t end up arguing over who owes what.
Get started EARLY – the sooner you start planning and booking, the better your options will be. You’ll have the pick of the best accommodation and the best time slots for activities – you don’t want your ‘afternoon’ tea served at 11am because you booked it too late, and you want the sexiest naked butler, not the left overs! Booking early also means you can save up over a longer period. If you’re using a group travel agency like Red7, you can pay monthly – each member of your party pays directly so you don’t need to collect money or chase people for their contributions. This makes it more affordable for everyone, as you have small payments each month rather than a large single payment.
A general point to stress is that you should never pay for things by bank transfer, as you could lose your money. Check Trust Pilot for customer feedback, use travel companies with ABTA membership (like us!) and ATOL if booking flights, otherwise your money is at risk if something goes wrong.
There are MORE do’s and don’ts here -> https://www.redsevenleisure.co.uk/ideas/news/your-stag-and-hen-do-dos-and-donts/