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Why Budapest is the best place for your stag/hen party

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Have a special guy or gal in your circle of friends that is about to tie the knot? While you may be happy for them, you are also aware that things won’t be the same in the years that follow.

As such, many throw one last big blowout party for their pal; known as a stag or hen do, it usually involves a trip to a foreign city, where ridiculous hijinks take place, usually involving alcohol.

If you are stuck on where to go, Budapest is a great stag party destination; in this article, we’ll make the case for this Central European city.

1) There is a lot to do

As you might expect, there are tons of amazing bars, pubs, and nightclubs in Budapest, as this town’s reputation precedes it.

This is especially true of ruin pubs, which boast an atmosphere that will take your party to the next level.

However, there is plenty to do when you aren’t imbibing as well. There are plenty of cultural and historical sights, from Buda Castle to Fisherman’s Bastion.

If you are into it, there are weapons ranges where you can work on your aim. Throughout town, there are numerous bathhouses that channel the thermal springs that lie beneath the surface of the city of Budapest (excellent places to soak away a hangover).

As a result, you can expect to have a balanced trip here, instead of stumbling from one licensed establishment to another during your entire time there.

2) Beer is dirt cheap

However, it is impossible to deny that the vast majority of stag and hen dos revolve around the consumption of alcohol.

When it comes to pints of beer, Budapest wins big time, as one can throw back nine pints for the obscenely low price of £10 on average.

So long as you pace yourself and watch your friend’s as the weekend unfolds, the value that you can get for your money here will help keep everyone’s costs low.

As for other alcoholic drinks, a glass of wine costs about the same as a pint, while cocktails generally cost less than £4, though this can vary widely.

3) The locals are friendly

While the groom or bride to be is generally assumed to be off-limits when it comes to meeting a beautiful stranger, the rest of the party is exempt from this requirement.

Fortunately for guys and girls that are looking to have a little fun with a Hungarian partner, they tend to be rather extroverted and eager to spend time with foreigners.

Watch out for scams, though, that have targeted foreigners go to a specific bar with them. They order drinks and then disappear.

The bill is then brought by an intimidating bouncer, listing obscenely expensive prices that need to be paid immediately … or else.

Get away from it all in Yorkshire this spring

Get away to Yorkshire this spring

Photo by CC user Kate Jewell on geograph.org.uk.

Has city life begun to get the better of you? If this is the case for yourself, then a retreat to the rural landscapes of Yorkshire will help recharge your batteries.

In this article, we’ll show what awaits you in this serene corner of the United Kingdom.

Relax and unwind

The whole point of going on holiday to relax and enjoy yourself. As such, if you want to treat yourself to a spa break, we are with you 100%.

The world throws enough crap at you as it is – take back a part of yourself by treating your body and spirit to professional massages, facials, and mud baths.

These sessions will help shave off some of the physical baggage that we all accumulate along the road of life, but they also help you feel better if you just feel tired after trekking across Yorkshire’s many moors, which are a big-time attraction in this part of England.

Live it up in Leeds

If you want to let loose during your time in Yorkshire, be sure to spend a few nights in the city of Leeds.

With a student population exceeding 10% of its total population, there are plenty of bars, pubs, and nightclubs where you can dance the night away with young people that do it like it is their job.

You won’t be the only one, as this place has been repeatedly voted by various publications for being the #1 city in the United Kingdom when it comes to nightlife.

Expect to run into many Londoners seeking a dose of after-dark fun, as they can get it here without being sent broke by the venues in their home city.

Enjoy the coast near Whitby

If you are seeking a seaside getaway in Yorkshire, make for the coastal city of Whitby. Best known as the birthplace of James Cook, famed explorer of the South Seas, it is also a great place for those that love to go on long walks by the seashore.

If you are travelling with a dog, Sandsend Beach is a wonderful spot to take them for a lengthy jaunt. Even if you don’t, the sea cliffs, colourful fishing boats brought ashore, and the flowing grass in the breeze will make a stroll here truly memorable.

Explore its national parks

Yorkshire’s natural beauty isn’t limited to its coasts, as its interior has plenty of surprises for outdoor lovers as well.

From the thought provoking expanse of the North York Moors, to the heights of the Peak District, there is a landscape in Yorkshire’s heartland that will appeal to you.

Get away to Meribel for an epic spring skiing holiday

Want to inject some excitement into your routine? You don’t have to wait until summer to do that, as a trip to Meribel in France is a great way to satiate your lust for life.

Even if you aren’t an accomplished snowsports athlete, there are plenty of apres ski options in this town to heat things up after dark.

Let’s delve into the details of how you can make this trip an amazing one…

Take care of your accommodations

The first thing you should do before even stepping on a plane to the French Alps is to take care of your accommodations.

There is more to figuring this step beforehand than merely creating peace of mind – you want to lock up a place that will give you a great venue to create travel memories.

Otherwise, you’ll just end up with a place to sleep, which can be a buzz kill depending on the place that you end up getting stuck with.

If you book a catered ski chalet, you’ll get a place where you can relax and continue socializing after your day on the slopes has concluded, which can make the difference between a good holiday and an epic one.

In the midst of The Three Valleys

While many come to Meribel specifically for the parties, others actually look forward to the snowsports that they will be participating in during daylight hours.

Some in your group will be content coasting down the occasional easy and intermediate run between drinks, but others require more action.

If you count yourself among the latter group, you will be pleased to learn that Meribel is part of The Three Valleys, an alliance of local hills that have combined their runs and lifts to allow their customers to ride each other’s terrain.

As a result, you will find plenty of advanced and unique trails to soar down during your time in this corner of the French Alps.

Soak up the sun

One of the benefits of spring skiing is that the sun is starting to steepen its angle in the atmosphere from March onward.

This means that you get to ride the slopes of Meribel without having to risk freezing temperatures like you might during the core winter months.

On some days, you can doff your winter coat and soar down the mountain in a t-shirt (or less, as you might see), as the mercury soars well above ten degrees Celsius.

As you will find out, there are few things better in life than skiing/boarding in these temperatures, then retiring to a mountainside patio to enjoy drinks in the sun.

One of the best apres-ski scenes in Europe

Why stop the party when the ski patrol makes you leave the hill? Fortunately, you will have plenty of options in the Meribel village, as this town has made its name on the strength of its apres ski scene.

From pubs and nightclubs that cater to the college crowd, to upscale wine bars that attract a more sophisticated crowd, this town has something for everyone, so take some time to find your scene here and you’ll surely discover it.