Join us this season for the biggest party of the year! All-inclusive party travel from Amsterdam to Oktoberfest.
Choose from: September 14-7, September 21-24, September 28-October 1
€210 Includes: 2 Nights camping accommodation in pre-erected twin-share tents with a sleeping bag and mattress, Return overnight private bus from Amsterdam to the Oktoberfest campsite (all journeys via Eindhoven),
GLAMPING WITH STOKE – WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT
While our beloved campsites were pretty great already, we here at Stoke Travel like to push ourselves a little and so we just made them better. For those softie Stokies out there with a little extra cash and little less tolerance for camping we bring you Glamping. Convinced yet? You will be.
The Essential Stoke Travel Passport
When you’re in the city that has it all (Amsterdam, duh), the only thing you really need is a ticket out of there and maybe a little more sun. Stoke Travel, your infamous friends with the €10 open bar and unbeatable ambience across Europe’s greatest festivals, can offer you both, simultaneously, and we’ll tell you how in three easy-to-follow steps.
Free up some time in your schedule to get out of Amsterdam and taste the hedonistic fruits of the rest of the continent. Sure, you can Amsterdam ‘til your heart's content, but make an effort to put aside a little time for the rest of Europe. There’s so much to do and see and if it’s great and worthwhile you can guarantee that Stoke Travel will be there.
Compile your bucket list, or as we like to call it your “fuck it list”, because fuck it, you may as well hit the road and get into some good times, right? This is where the sun comes into play. In Spain alone, this year, we’ve got:
Take advantage of the ridiculously good-value, low cost and high inclusion Stoke Travel Passport. This ticket to summer sun and fun gives you three nights on any four Stoke Travel trips over the course of two years. That’s twelve nights of partying and cultural enrichment including your accommodation (tents, air mattresses and sleeping bags), chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners, Stoke Travel guides, campsite parties, drinking games, hundreds of new best friends for life and more fun than you can possibly squeeze into twelve too-short nights. There are about 20 trips to choose from, so if none of the fantastic options listed in step two tickle your fancy you can choose something else, and the flexibility of the Stoke Travel Passport means that you only have to confirm which festivals you’re coming to two weeks before they begin.
Doesn’t that just sound marvellous? And to sweeten the deal, the twelve all-inclusive nights at four Stoke Travel trips over two years costs just, a mere, €550. That’s unbeatable unheard of value for experiences that are so great, so much fun, so unique, that you can hardly put a price on them… well we have, and it’s €550, and now all you have to do is come and join us under the sun, this summer.
Booze with our code CHEERSDAMESSENTIAL for free unlimited beer and sangria on your chosen trips.
I’ve seen a bunch of blog posts on “how to make sure you feel great flying”, “travel tips” or “what’s in my carry on” so I thought I’d write one.
When I’m flying I don’t give a fuck about carrying food with me, I travel around a bit, at the most I will travel around 2 days if I’m coming back to New Zealand, like now; I’m currently flying from Athens to Constantinople (Istanbul) eating a vegetarian wrap and drinking some water.
There are some languages in the world that are pretty damn beautiful to listen to (French, Italian or Spanish, for starters). Nederlands (which you may have heard referred to as "Dutch" in more casual settings) does not fall into this category. Very throaty, pretty blunt, and kinda abrasive, its main redeeming feature is how linguistically close it is to English. That being said, Amsterdam is one of those cities you simply HAVE to visit, and there's nothing like really immersing yourself in the culture by using the local lingo. So, if you're too lazy to download an app and learn it properly, just brush up on these phrases that are essential for any trip to the Netherlands.
BTW, take the phonetic pronunciation with a grain of salt...
European summer is the perfect time to get in the water, with the Atlantic Ocean lapping at your door and tonguing your toes with accessible surf spots to suit all levels. But travelling with a board for the sake of a few day’s surfing here and there can be expensive and inconvenient, seaside towns tend to mean pricier accommodation, and you might lack confidence if you’re new (or brand new) to surfing. Surf camps and van surfaris allow you to make the most of the Atlantic coast, offering cheaper accommodation in popular beachside areas, removing the hassle and cost of travelling with a board, providing you with gear and lessons and, most importantly, a crew. Here are our three top picks for surf-packages along the Atlantic coast.
New Years Eve, NYE, the final Hurrah! A time to get together with loved ones, to drink, to dance, to sin, to love, to celebrate the year that was. Here's to the New-Year-New-Me's, the October surprises, the well meaning gym memberships and the hangover from hell. Cheers to these top places to bring in the new year around the world in 2016!
10) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The saying ‘It’s not the destination, but the journey, that matters’ was definitely written about Iceland…
…Okay, I made that up, but it may as well of been! The adage rings nowhere truer than the Nordic Island Nation, defined by its surreal landscapes that change with every corner you turn - making the ‘journey’ of an Iceland road trip the ultimate bucket list experience.
Home to a vast variety of dramatic sceneries, I’m calling Iceland to be Mother Nature’s finest masterpiece. From snow-capped mountains that watch over powder-blue glaciers to lava fields that mingle with bubbling geysers, this country is nothing short of a road-trippers dream. So clear all your phones memory space and prepare yourself with these Dam Essential Do’s and Don’ts:
Europe is a continent so vast and diverse that every time you think you’ve finally worked out what you want to do with your time there, someone will say, Oh, are you going to check out [insert festival/place/sight here] while you’re here? and then you have to start planning all over again. To help you decide which famed European festivals will best suit your tastes, we’ve put together a short-list of five must-see European celebrations.
Have you heard of Andorra? It’s a tiny nation nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range between France and Spain, where glamorous Europeans go for tax-free shopping and Europe’s most shreddable slopes. Thanks to its altitude and numerous snow cannons, the resorts of Andorra guarantee powdery slopes even when runs elsewhere in Europe have turned to icy slush. But the best thing about Andorra? it's only a hop, skip and jump from Barca and you can join the snow bunnies even if you’re on a budget.
European winters are long, and winter in Amsterdam is no exception. The average temperature hovers below 10 degrees for months on end, it rains all the bloody time, and daylight hours dwindle away into darkness. Luckily, being based in Amsterdam means you are only a quick flight away from taking advantage of the warmer weather of Morocco in North Africa.
From October right through until April, Stoke Travel offers all-inclusive stays at their surf camp in Taghazout, Morocco for just €400 for the week. Trips include 6 nights Surf Palace dorm accommodation, three meals a day, daily surf lessons and equipment hire, daily yoga, Agadir party nights, trips to the souk, in-house jacuzzi and Hammam (bathhouse) and into the oasis of Paradise Valley. If that’s not enough, optional extras include quad bikes, camel rides, jet ski rides, and desert safaris.
A Dam Essential Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland - You asked for it. Well, according to google you did, with Reykjavik, Iceland topping the most searched cities of 2016.
Pronounced Ray-Key-Ya-Vik, known as one of the most expensive places in the world, and being temporary home to the author, we thought we'd arm you with some local knowledge to ensure you save some money and get the most out of your stay in the Northernmost Capital of the world.
This would have to be one of my favorite spots to hit up when looking for a change of scenery and an escape from the hustle and bustle. It's huge, well signposted, beautifully green and in the summer, bustling with activity!
Sticker bombed walls. Graffiti strewn corridors. Live drum n' bass. Cheap beer. A waterside view and inside smoking permitted. I was shown this spot by a local on arrival to Amsterdam a year ago; and it's since been a venue I'm always more than happy to visit in my downtime and when showing friends around.
Many visitors' experiences in in Amsterdam are limited to a street view of the city due to limited rooftop space to the city's restrictions on high rise buildings. So to get a view like this is a special treat and I'm going to let you in on how to do it.
Sonny sure know's what he's doing when It comes to throwing together a delicious snack for the locals, I mean, he should do. He's been doing it for fifteen years. All the food at Sonny’s is made by Sonny himself, every day of the week, with olive oil and without preservatives or food coloring.
Above: Afternoon at Platja Nova Icaria Beach
A friend I landed in Barcelona with about as many plans as the UK has hope of entering back into the EU. Despite this, it was agreed upon to be "the best holiday" of our lives! So we've carefully collaborated a bunch of activities that we partook in so that you, too, can chill, hike, rave, tan, eat and drink your way through this beautiful city like a pro.
As a year-long expat in Amsterdam, a host of many guests to the city and an avid smoker, the most frequently asked question I receive by far is "which are the best coffeeshops to visit?". What you'll find below are reviews of the five of the best coffeeshops, where they're located and when they're open. Happy smoking.
My induction to Amsterdam included a repertoire of go-to's such as: visiting the nearest bar with the biggest sign, indulging in street food, getting high off my face and staring at a wall in a coffeeshop and taking photos of canals. These whilst being being acceptable for the time being, grew soon to be tiresome. Thus the search for; and discovery of the real magic Amsterdam has to offer.
There are a handful of places in Amsterdam where I look forward to nestling myself among the aroma of freshly ground beans and chatter of patrons; of which I've strung together so that you, too can enjoy them. What you'll find below are my personal picks of where I choose to kick back and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in the sweet, dark nectar we call coffee.
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