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Travel knowledge, stories and insights from fellow wanderers and vagabonds. Here’s where you’ll find the collective travel knowledge of the Stoke family, advice on the goings on at our destinations and festivals, and general rants from our time spent travelling around Europe and beyond. Stokepedia is where you’ll find real life stories about travel and roaming and everything in between.

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Eating Healthy On A Budget

Europe is home to some delicious food, delicious, fatty, salty food. Eating well while backpacking is difficult, but not impossible if you follow our simple guide to eating healthy on a budget.

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How to get the best mobile plan

How to get the best mobile plan. One with lots of data because Google Maps and Tinder are more important than mumsy’s twice-daily checkup calls. Also, Europe has no roaming charges as of 2018, so you can travel the continent and swipe right like a legend.

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The Best European Food By Country

One of the best things about travelling is discovering new places and then eating all their food. Make sure you eat the right things in each place, with our guide to best European food, a country by country guide to the continent’s weird, delicious and typical dishes.

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How To Survive Backpacker Hostel Life

It might not be what you’re used to. Maybe because of the noise, the grossness, the lack of privacy. Well, hostel life is an inevitability of backpacking life, but we’re…

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO GERMANY

Ja, das ist gut! Germany, big, historically bad, now very good Germany. The powerhouse of Europe and the most populous member-state of the European Union, Germany is a heavy hitter…

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Vegetarian and Vegan Backpacking In Europe

Don’t eat meat? Dairy? Eggs? Don’t let your diet hold you back with our hints and tips for vegan and vegetarian backpacking in Europe.

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How To Find Cheap Accommodation

From hostels to hotels, using the sharing economy, relying on the kindness of strangers, and more.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO BIARRITZ

As a part of the BAB, Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne metropolitan area, Biarritz represents the only decent sized French city south of Bordeaux and west of Toulouse. But that’s not why we’re here….

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Eating Cheap Meals While Travelling

Eating and drinking is one of the most pleasurable things we can do while backpacking – and also one of the most expensive. Learn how to lessen the blow with our guide to eating cheap meals while travelling.

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European Visas: Explained

Everything you need to know about your European visa, as well as some tested ways to stay for longer.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO FRANCE

Ooh la la, c’est la France, the land of love and cheese that has long held the imagination of romantic travellers the world over. France is a land of almost…

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Average Dinner Time In Europe

The evening meal might be the most important to backpackers, a time to chat, pre-drink and, obviously, fill the belly with fuel. Across the continent meal times can vary greatly, so here’s a guide to average dinner times in Europe, so you don’t get caught hungry.

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Travel Advice Learned From Our Past Mistakes

We got in all kinds of troubles just so you don’t have to.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO IBIZA

From hippie hangout to party paradise, wellness mecca and ostentatious arena of opulence, Ibiza is an island that has for a long time been in the world’s imaginations. Now it’s…

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How To Avoid Pickpockets In Europe

While relatively free of violent crime, some cities are often seen as being a haven for pickpockets, thieves and other petty criminals. Don’t let them ruin your trip, know their tricks and how to avoid being robbed.

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The Ultimate Travel Checklist

Print it out and put it on your wall. Cross it off as you go. Don’t go until it’s all crossed off, or at least make sure you have a good go at it. This is your guide to packing your backpack before you go backpacking.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO SAN SEBASTIAN

San Sebastian, or Donostia in the local tongue, is the jewel of the Basque Country, a beautiful, mountain fringed, double-beached resort town in the deep northwest corner of Spain. Famed…

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A Brief Guide To European Bus Travel

It’s not ideal, but it is cheap, and that’s sometimes all that matters. The highways in Europe are spectacular and so the buses get to where they’re going with ease. Sometimes you’ve got to suck it up and save some cash.

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Cheap flights to Europe

So you saved your pennies, but you don’t want to blow them all on the first part of your trip. Well, lucky for you we’ve booked thousands, and we’re going to show you how to do it.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO VALENCIA

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and the second on the Mediterranean, so can sometimes fall under the tourist radar, but it shouldn’t! It’s a city of good times, world-famous…

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Is It Worth Your While To Backpack On A Eurail Pass?

Is it worth your while getting a Eurail Pass? There’s no more romantic way to travel across Europe than by train. They go everywhere, and they do so at a frighteningly rapid rate. They stop in the city centre. You can walk about and cavort with cute strangers. But sometimes the passes are expensive.

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Ways To Save Money For Your Travels

Saving your pennies isn’t easy – everything is so fun, and seemingly expensive, but it’s not impossible, and if you follow our tips you’ll come in hot with a pocket full of change.

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A BACKPACKER’S GUIDE TO BARCELONA

All who visit Barcelona will fall in love with the city for life, and half of them were probably robbed while here. The Catalan capital, sparkling on the shores of…

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Budget Flights In Europe

The nature of the European Union means that flying between countries is as big a hassle, and a similar price, to flying interstate at home. Sometimes you’ve got to jump in that big bird and get somewhere in a matter of hours, not days, and you’re going to need to do that on the cheap.

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Boozeletters

June 2016: Stoketoberfest

Stoketoberfest: a brief history It was almost a decade ago that the weary Stoke caravan limped into a Munich campsite with delusions of festive grandeur, Stoketoberfest. The caravan was loaded…

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Stoke Travel Is Looking For Creative Interns

To live, laugh, love, pray, eat, drink and sometimes pass out in Barcelona Have you got a passion for words? For the moving picture? For likes? Stoke Travel, Europe’s —…

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Boozeletter: Five Things About Oktoberfest Beer

This list was initially “it’s beer” five times, but a little digging gave us five real things about Oktoberfest beer that’ll put saliva on your tongue and a sway in…

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The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Job In The World: A Competition

The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Job In The World competition is back, and this year we’re looking for two chosen ones. Do you love writing, shooting videos and photos, bragging to your…

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The New And Improved Stoke Travel Passport

Introducing the Stoke Travel Passport   Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Zalig Kerstfeest! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! Nizhonigo Keshmish! Bon Nadal! Eguberri on!   Or Bah humbug, whatever floats your boat….

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Five Items Every Traveller Carries But Never Uses

At the bottom of everyone’s bag is a collection of items that haven’t been used once, but your inner hoarder refuses to get rid of as you’re convinced at some point they’ll be absolutely essential and you’ll be kicking yourself if you’ve thrown them out.

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May 2016: Grannies

People think Stoke is for young people, but there are so many reasons why not just young people travel with Stoke. We accept everyone of all ages, races, faces, and…

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The Boozeletter: Tomato, is it a Fruit or Vegetable?

The question is: tomato: fruit or vegetable? They say that the world is divided between those who say tomató and others who say tomáto, but that point of difference barely…

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March 2016: Flexibility Poses

Hello, and welcome the new edition of Stoke News of March 2016 It would be remiss of us not to mention the tragedy in Belgium and Pakistan this past week…

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Boozeletter: Most Ordinary Extraordinary Job In The World Edition

We see these “Best Job In The World” promotions popping up often, offering lucky punters a job that isn’t really a job, a glorified galavanting around the globe, sampling all…

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Stoke’s Euro Summer 2017 Picks

5 Places That Are Better In Summer Spring has well and truly sprung here in Europe. The bees are making love to the birds and they’re doing it on top…

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Stoke Travel Boozeletter: The Resolutions Are All Broken

The Resolutions Are All Broken It’s that time of the year when we come to terms with who we really are. Less than a week out from the revelry of…

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Happy New Year Boozeletter

New Year, new you! Are your resolutions in order? Have you deluded yourself into thinking you’ll miraculously become a new person once the clock ticks over into 2017? We haven’t!…

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Big* Swellings And Strange Rumblings In Stokelandia

So much shit! Strap yourself in… This may be the first semi-coherent Booze Letter since Oktoberfest, the organised deterioration of brain cells that we enthusiastically submit ourselves to every year….

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Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President, The Stoke Travel Co. team would like to formally invite you and your family to join us here in Pamplona for San Fermin, Running of the Bullsand…

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February 2016

The Stoke Boozeletter February 2016: the who’s who letter, the better check your news better, when you get unlimited booze your poos get wetter Are you hot or are you…

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April 2016

We’re getting pumped here at Stoke Towers in April 2016 Because the weather is heating up, summer is on its way and nothing but good times await… Yes, it really…

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January 2016: Christmas

Hey Stokies of 2015! Thanks and Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for coming and seeing us this year Thanks for once again letting us put on the kinds of…

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Trump Goes On Surfari With Stoke Travel

Media Release Donald Trump hangs ten on Stoke Travel Surfari and demands an ongoing and unrelenting search for best surf The Stoke Travel Co. will be expanding their summer Van…

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Boozeletter: Spring Has Sprung

Don’t get us wrong, winter’s alright. But there’s just a je ne sais quoi about spring that makes us all warm in the bowels of our bellies (that is the scientific term for one’s loins)

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Boozeletter: King’s Day in Amsterdam

From 11 am we are taking a bunch of crazy cats out on the canals on 
an open deck party boat. 3-4 hours cruising the canals with unlimited beer and sangria for only 10€!!

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Chicken or beef?

No vocation for location, just a good ol’ time It’s always good to have a few choices in life: salty or sweet, chicken or beef, margarine or butter, underwear or…

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Blackmail & Bumming Around The World

Stoke Travel’s After-Grog-Blog-Blackmail around the world “You think of travelers as bold, but our guilty secret is that travel is one of the laziest ways on earth of passing the…

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Too many options

Why in the Kaiser am I receiving this email? Because somewhere down the line we’ve crossed paths. You might have been surfing with us, or thrown up on one of our pub-crawls.

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