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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.

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Get ready for OKTOBERFEST

Information before inebriation, Oktoberfest guides, stories, news and blogs

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Eight things that WILL happen to you at Oktoberfest.

Yeah, you’ll drink beer. But plenty of other things will happen to your sorry arse too…   Europe boasts a frightening amount of festivals throughout the year. Some celebrate history,…

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The stages of being Oktoberfest drunk.

Our step-by-step walkthrough of what happens while getting absolutely sloshed (or sloshed-on) at Oktoberfest 2021. While you don’t have the be drunk at Oktoberfest, when you go to a beer…

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Eight Tips For Surviving Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2020 is so close you can pretty much smell the pretzels and almost hear the drinking chants somewhere way off in the distance. But you’re a little Oktoberfest virgin,…

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Budget Accommodation Oktoberfest 2021

You want to find the best place to stay at Munich’s Oktoberfest, because your accommodation will make all the difference to your German cultural experience. There are a lot of…

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How Much Does Oktoberfest Cost? Is It Worth It?

Oktoberfest is the world’s biggest beer festival, and the original beer fest and so it rightfully has a cemented position on almost everybody’s travel bucket list. We all want to…

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Fun Oktoberfest Facts

You already know the Oktoberfest basics – big beers at the world’s biggest beer festival; German culture, or better still Bavarian culture, on display; more than seven million people in…

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Oktoberfest Beer: A Drinking Guide

Perhaps you’ve heard of Munich’s Oktoberfest – it’s only the biggest and best beer festival in the world. Fourteen beer tents and six million people drinking more than seven million…

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Need-to-Know Munich Oktoberfest Information

This is the Oktoberfest information and the FAQs that you need to know  about Germany’s famous beer festival. Are you ready to join us in the Munich beer halls in…

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Oktoberfest Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

As of Tuesday, the 21st of April Oktoberfest has been cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19, making the world’s biggest beer fest yet another coronavirus casualty. Stoke has opened up…

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A Stoke Travel History Of Oktoberfest

Take a historical meander through Oktoberfest Munich’s boozy and not-so-boozy origins We know that you probably wouldn’t come to Stoke Travel for a history lesson, but you know what! You’re…

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Some Weird And Wonderful Oktoberfest Traditions

Far from being a tourist-focused beer-a-thon, Oktoberfest is deeply traditional event, an almost sacred occasion to the local Bavarians and Muncheners, who eagerly await September and October each year so…

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Stoke Travel Announces Bottomless Brunch At All Destinations

Further cementing their status as the flyest playas in the game, Stoke Travel have upped the stakes by improving on their already amazing hot breakfasts, and offering travellers bottomless brunches…

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Oktoberfest is a big gay celebration and these are the reasons why

Oktoberfest, not your obvious gay event.  Munich’s Oktoberfest might not be the first event that comes to mind when you think of a gay event or holiday but there are…

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What to wear to Oktoberfest

Unlike other festivals around the world Munich’s Oktoberfest is an easy one to dress for, with the burden of outfit selection taken away from us and replaced with two of…

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Travelling To Oktoberfest Alone

Six reasons why a solo trip to Oktoberfest is an awesome idea It’s on your bucket list, but for some reason you can’t convince the homies to join you at…

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How to travel to Oktoberfest from around Europe

For a guide on how to get to Oktoberfest from within Munich, you’re going to want to read this. Getting to Oktoberfest is easy from anywhere in Europe. Munich has…

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How To Do Oktoberfest On A Budget

We know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that we’re just going to say, Camping with Stoke Travel at Oktoberfest is the best budget option, and you’re right, we could say…

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Can You Do Drugs At Oktoberfest? 

No. No you can’t, legally. Unless you count beer as a drug, in which case yes. Yes you most certainly can do the drug called beer and it’s friend Jagermeister…

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It’s always a good time for BARCELONA

Places to eat and drink, things to do, sights to see, the best parties – insider knowledge with stories from locals and travellers

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7 Ways to Get Ripped Off in Barcelona

If you’ve had friends who’ve travelled to Barcelona, they’ve probably come home from an insane week-long bender with tales about chucking caution to the wind, devouring the best food of…

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Best Bars In Central Barcelona (Born and Gothic Areas)

Barcelona’s bar scene is renowned for its cheap drinks, funky music and sexy occupants. But between the gems there are lots of lemons – particularly in the more touristy centre…

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Barcelona’s Best Curries (Indian and Thai)

By KP, Stoke’s resident Barcelona food critic When you think of Barcelona you don’t think of curry… or do you? With thriving Indian, Pakistani and Thai communities, there are plenty…

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Best Italian Food In Barcelona

By KP, our resident food critic Italian food is a classic favourite amongst the masses. To be fair, I don’t think I have ever met a soul that didn’t enjoy…

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Best Burgers In Barcelona

By KP, our resident foodie Up there with kebabs and curries as the ultimate hangover food, there’s nothing quite like chewing away the previous night’s sins – or doubling down…

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Best Coffee Spots In Barcelona

By KP, our resident food critic Us Stokies know good coffee (comes with being so regularly hungover/busy), and while Spain has always had a coffee drinking culture of some sort,…

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The Best Brunch In Barcelona

By KP, our resident food critic Surely you know that StokeTravel do a bottomless brunch with unlimited mimosas at all of our destinations, because we know that nothing beats a…

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Best Tapas In Barcelona

By KP, our resident food critic Now we’re talking, good old authentic tapas, shared plates of deliciousness – Spanish specialities done in Barcelona with a particularly Catalan flair. These little…

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The Best Places To Eat Paella In Barcelona

By K.P. our resident food critic Paella is one of Spain’s national joys (as you probably know) and is hands down the one dish you HAVE to wrap your mouth…

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A New Normal For Barcelona Boat Parties

Barcelona Boat Parties are back on for 2020! We’re operating according to COVID-19 regulations in the new normal, and partying on a boat is one of the few things we’re…

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Wearing Party Masks Is The Right Thing To Do

But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Let’s conquer COVID and protect our communities with Stoke Threads party masks, while showing the world that no matter how messed…

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Let’s go SURFING

Surfing San Sebastian, Spain, France, Europe and the world, we’ve got you covered

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Why You Should Go To Zarautz Beach Camp

We spend a lot of time singing the praises of the San Sebastian Surf House, and rightfully so because it is amazing, but let us tell you a thing or…

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REPORT: San Sebastian Surf Camp Actually In Real House

Reports have come out of San Sebastian, in Spain’s Basque Country, claiming that Stoke Travel’s Surf Camp there isn’t in tents, but in a real-life house with really real beds….

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How To Choose The Perfect Surf Camp

Of course the perfect surf camp for us is our San Sebastian Surf House, with the best waves in Europe easily accessed from our converted Basque farmhouse in the mountains….

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How to Make the Most of San Sebastian’s “La Semana Grande”

Who said culture had to be boring?  Get the dates right  San Sebastian’s La Semana Grande, or, The Big Week for us English speakers, is a week-long fiesta throughout the…

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The Cider House Rules – the Stoke Travel Guide to Navigating a Basque Sidra House

If you’re searching for information on the late 90s Tobey Maguire Oscar-winning film, then I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere. But if you’re wanting to find out what exactly…

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Best Pintxo Bars in San Sebastián

San Sebastián has often been hailed as the gastronomical capital of Europe – that is until our froggy friends over in Paris nicked the title off them a couple of…

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Stoke Travel Announces Bottomless Brunch At All Destinations

Further cementing their status as the flyest playas in the game, Stoke Travel have upped the stakes by improving on their already amazing hot breakfasts, and offering travellers bottomless brunches…

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Wearing Party Masks Is The Right Thing To Do

But that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Let’s conquer COVID and protect our communities with Stoke Threads party masks, while showing the world that no matter how messed…

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Thinking about STUDYING ABROAD in Europe?

Study abroad hints, tips, stories and offers for current and future students

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THE BEST PLACES TO STUDY ABROAD IN EUROPE 

Everyone knows Europe is the place to study abroad, but it can be hard to decide what country, let alone city, you should spend the next few months in. To…

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Top Seven European Cities For A Weekend Getaway 

Balling on a budget? Here are a few places that make a perfect weekend trip for study abroaders There’s nothing quite like studying abroad in Europe. Calling a new city…

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Is Studying Abroad In Europe Expensive?

One of the greatest deterrents when deciding to start studying abroad in Europe is that it can seem expensive. Costs can be a major factor in deciding which program to…

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Dealing With Homesickness While Studying Abroad

Your first week or two abroad in Europe is a whirlwind. Everything is new and exciting, and you find yourself wanting to do everything all at once. Jam-packed days of …

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How to stay in touch with friends and family back home while abroad 

As you begin your study abroad experience you may find it difficult to keep in touch with the people back home, and that’s understandable. Busy travel and school schedules mixed…

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So you wanna Backpack Europe?

We’ve got the ultimate guide to backpacking Europe.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Advice For The Broke Traveler – How To Save Money On Your Trip

You’ve done all the saving and you’re enjoying backpacker life, but with these tried and tested techniques you can make those euros go a little further. Spend the money on fun stuff, by saving on these essentials.

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How to Rent a Car in Europe

Oh the freedom! If you’re above a certain age and have a valid credit card and an international driver’s license and… but if you can tick the boxes this is the only way to roll.

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Why you should get travel insurance

Because you really should get travel insurance.

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European Working Holiday Visas

The absolute best way to turn that 90-day Schengen visa into a year and sometimes more of continental goodtimes.

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European Campervan Life

Live like a turtle! Moving slowly with your house on your back. Pooping in bushes. Going wherever you want. Making friends with grey nomads in a similar situation. Campervan life is the life for us, here’s how to get it done.

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The Best Way To Travel Around Europe

Planes, trains, automobiles… Europe has them all! But how are you going to move around the continent during your ultimate backpacking superduper trip-of-a-lifetime? The answer is: a little bit of everything.

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Driving in Europe

It’s totally easy, but maybe a little intimidating. You can do it, we have faith in you, just remember which side of the road we drive on, and get ready for some pretty big tolls.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Oktoberfest Beer Facts

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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