Getting the amount of spending money for a boys’ holiday right is a crucial, but sometimes tough task. You don’t want to take too much, but you definitely don’t want to be out of pocket when your mates are all having a good time.
Here, we’ve worked out how much money you need for a selection of the top lads’ holiday destinations — taking into account food, drink and transfers. Check out how much you should have in your wallet for your next get-away…
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Currency: Euro
- Average daily cost: £111
- Hotel per person, per night: £65
- Food for a day: £27
- Bottled water: £4
- Taxi from airport to city centre: £35-£45
- Beer: £3.30-£4.40
The Dam has long been top of many lads’ lists when it comes to a fun, memorable holiday. Ideal for an easy time away, the capital of the Netherlands has a world-renowned reputation for partying and is packed with clubs that attract the best DJs on the planet. By day, take a boat cruise along a canal, sort out a group bike ride along the winding streets or try out a brewery experience. Bear in mind that, if you go in autumn or winter time, you may have to pay to check a bag rather than just taking a carry-on case. This is because the lower temperature means you’ll have to take a few jackets, boots and long-sleeve t-shirts along instead of shorts and tees.
- Currency: Euro
- Average daily cost: £361
- Hotel per person, per night: £279
- Food for a day: £51
- Bottled water: £9.74
- Taxi from airport to Ibiza Town: £13-£15
- Taxi from airport to San Antonio: £23-£27.50
- Beer: £2.20-£3.50
The centre of partying in Europe, Ibiza promises fun, drinks and lifelong memories. Pretty much everywhere you stay on the Balearic Island of Ibiza, you get a 24-hour party scene, incredible weather, excellent pool parties, world-renowned DJs, heaps of hilarious daytime activities, party boat cruises, and more. The clubs here are visited by people from across the world and you have a great mix of bar vibes — from sports and Irish bars, to rock/indie and chilled pool bars. San Antonio offers an epic night-time scene — but drinks and entry fees can get expensive.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
- Currency: Euro
- Average daily cost: £91
- Hotel per person, per night: £37
- Food for a day: £27
- Taxi from northern airport to south resorts: £53
- Taxi from southern airport to south resorts: £13.50
- Beer: £0.88-£2.65
The ideal blend of chilled vibes and electric nights, Tenerife in the Canary Islands is a must on your list of places to go for a holiday with mates. Found off the coast of Africa, you have an incredible beach and nightlife scene on your doorstep. After a day round the pool or doing water sports in the sea, you’ll want to see what Playa da las Americas has to offer if you’re into bars and DJ music — this is also where the brother of football hero, Gary Lineker, has his sports bar. We recommend opting to fly into Tenerife Sur airport, not the airport on the northern side of the island, to make your transfer quicker and less costly.
- Currency: Croatian kuna
- Average daily cost: £81
- Hotel per person, per night: £54
- Food for a day: £17
- Bottled water: £0.62
- Taxi from airport to city centre: £32.50
- Beer: £1.70-£2.40
Relatively new to the scene, Split is a great one for low prices and unforgettable nights. With beaches soaked in sun, a laid-back vibe and heaps of water activities to get involved with — like jet-skiing and boat parties — Split is a top choice if you’re looking to relax, enjoy the weather and have a laugh with your mates. After sunset, Split comes alive with terrace bars, entertainment and bouncing clubs until late — or early…
- Currency: Mexican peso
- Average daily cost: £80
- Hotel per person, per night: £66
- Food for a day: £5.30
- Bottled water: £0.70
- Taxi from airport to city centre: £27-£35
- Beer: £1-£1.90
Cancun may take longer to reach than our other destinations, but it’s well worth the flight. From Vegas-like pool parties and party cruises to nearby islands, to some of the best clubbing experiences in the world and great places for local food; Cancun is a must-do at least once in your life. Like Ibiza, clubs can be expensive, but then again, the entertainment and music are unreal!
- Currency: Polish zloty
- Average daily cost: £54
- Hotel per person, per night: £41
- Food for a day: £6.50
- Bottled water: £0.65
- Taxi from airport to city centre: £18
- Beer: £1.40-£2.40
You’re bound to have heard of someone having their stag do in Krakow — it’s cheap, friendly and fun. If you’re after a long weekend of bars, beers and chilled times; this city is ideal. Made up of 18 districts, your best bet is booking accommodation near public transport to save on taxi fares or bang in the centre to be near the best nightlife spots. Krakow is full of cool basement bars with great atmospheres. All over the city centre, you’ll have your choice of plenty of bars and places to eat, while the cities most attractive clubs lie on the high streets of Szewska and Florianska.
Best places for a wallet-friendly holiday
Our average daily prices were worked out based on a mid-range style get-away — so if you’re going for budget, they should cost you even less. Out of them all, Krakow beats Amsterdam for a city break, with its cheap accommodation and beer. Unsurprisingly, Ibiza is your most expensive location, while other beach destination, Tenerife, gives you lower hotel, beer and food costs. Cancun and Split have similar average daily costs. However, once you factor in flights, Cancun may work out more expensive.