Having A Hen Party At Home*



*This is a collaborative post*


Today, a lot of people are looking to have their hen parties abroad, in part, this has been due to the fact some destinations offer much better value for money - however, given the weakness of the pound against the Euro, this is becoming less and less the case.

A much larger part of this trend is that people today seem to feel they need to go abroad in order to feel they are “getting away”, yet with travelling abroad, comes a lot of hassle in terms of arranging the logistics for a group of diverse people such as airplane tickets and accommodation.

In this vein, it’s worth considering a hen party at home, for instance having a hen party in Cardiff can be a very raunchy night out yet it also allows for more gentle activities in the surrounding countryside, or adventurous pursuits such as white water rafting.

The benefit of remaining in the UK for your hen party is that you don’t have the expense or logistical nightmare of flying.

Flying can prove just too costly for a lot of people, especially when you factor in the additional extras such as travel to the airport, parking at the airport, paying above the odds for a snack at the airport or on the plane, then getting from the airport to the destination - it can all mount up. Therefore, just because you’ve found a cheap deal on tickets, take the time to consider each step in the journey as it could prove much more expensive than you first imagine.

The further benefit in such a time starved society, where people have work and families to attend to, is that a hen party in the UK can start on Friday night after work and finish around lunchtime on Sunday without things feeling too rushed; whereas, when you add in a flight and all the travel time to and from the airport, it’s a little too much to pack into a weekend and will often leave people feeling exhausted.

Now, let’s take a look at the three core ingredients of any successful hen party; accommodation, transport, and activities.

1. ACCOMODATION

The majority of hen parties involve at least one big night out, meaning, you don’t need to stay somewhere posh - just somewhere, clean, safe, comfortable and central.  In this sense, staying in a Travelodge or Premier Inn works for most people… and if you book well in advance, you can get some good deals.

2. TRANSPORT

The best way to get to and from your hen party locations tends to be to travel by train, as you don’t want to be driving the morning after a big night out, plus you can get some cheap tickets if you book in advance (and at the weekend there are some good deals on first class tickets too).  The main benefit of this is that you can travel together as a group and relax into your hen party.

3.  ACTIVITES

The majority of “good” hen parties involve a little pampering, a little culture, a little relaxation, a little partying and a little adventure.  In this sense, you want to find somewhere that can offer all four strands and remember, even if you are going with a group of girly girls adventure activities can make for a much more rich experience because it’s something a little different.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Header image via Pexels


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