Thursday, 19 December 2013

Stag Do Trends For 2014

It's official, 2013 is on it's way out, and before you know it 2014 will be snapping around your ankles like a randy Terrier.

So, the DesignaVenture team of analysts have been hard at work looking under the bonnet of their massive database searching for stag do trends for 2014 and early indications have shown the following:

In the UK, seaside resorts are a firm favourite, receiving a massive 24% of bookings, these stag do resorts include Newquay, Bournemouth, Torquay and Brighton.

Staying in the UK, stag dos love an activity, and why the hell not! Activities give the stag a fantastic memory and also keeps the boys out the pub and stops the stag party peaking at 4pm.

Activities in the love locker are Rage and Rebel Buggies, Quad Biking, Coasteering, Canyoning and a mass of shooting activities including the hot favourite being Clay Pigeon Shooting closely followed by the Rifle Shooting and not forgetting shooting Zombies!!

The top stag destinations abroad for 2014 include Riga, Dublin, Krakow, Prague and the DesignaVenture sales team favourite Amsterdam (only because they have just come back from Amsterdam after a huge fact finding mission, or simply put, a massive p*** up!).

Stags abroad have been booking activities galore including; Bob-sleighing in Riga, Mud Wrestling in Prague, Target Shooting in Krakow and the good old tour of the Guinness factory in Dublin.

We have also found more stag parties are wanting DesignaVenture to not only sort out their accommodation and activities in these amazing stag destinations abroad, but to also to sort out their flights, as let's face it booking 20 people onto a flight can be a nightmare.

So if you are in need of some amazing stag do ideas get yourself over to the DesignaVenture Stag Do website and get browsing.

Christmas and New Year will soon be over, and you'll be needing something to look forward to, a stag do in 2014 will get your juices rolling again.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Don't Trip Up On Your Transport When Planning Your Stag Do

A Chauffeur showing the snowboarding sign
Let's make no bones about this, planning a stag do is a headache.

Booking your stag do with a company such as DesignaVenture is always advisable as these companies will sort out the major parts of your weekend such as hotels, activities, transport and clubs.

"But wait, what about if I want to book my own transport?"

"Logistically how am I going to get my group from home to our chosen stag destination and then onto activity sites etc."

Well my friends help is at hand….

Below are some useful hints, ideas and tips to make sure you have it covered.

When Planning Your Transport
First things first, make sure you allow for the following before booking times:
  • Traffic
  • Duration (a minibus/coach will take longer than a car)
  • Arrival times
  • How long you will be on site (when booking return transport for your activities)
  • Getting the boys onto the bus (it can be like herding cats)

Getting To Your Destination and Back
We do find most people drive themselves or get the train, however getting a coach or minibus with a driver is a right laugh.

You can then just pack your bag and get yourself to the meeting point.

I always recommend you use one of your local bus companies. They are on your doorstep making it less driving time / sorties for your driver creating a lower price.

Alternatively, if you have a long way to go then maybe using a company at your chosen stag destination will save you having to put your driver up.

Whilst On Tour
With activities booked for the day if your group wake up on Saturday morning having to sort their own transport to the activity site they are going to get the right hump!

So make sure you have it sorted, look on Google for transport firms in your chosen destination call at least 3 and get prices and terms and conditions in. 

You can then arrange to pay on the day or get the money in off the boys. 

Make sure you have a contingency because if you base the price on 16 people and only 12 go, you are going to be short of 4 people's money.

Taxi & Buses Sign
At Night
Try and book a hotel in the city centre, booking a hotel 5 miles out to save money could be false economy. By the time you have got cabs into town and back again that saving will disappear.

If you had to book a hotel just outside of the city centre because all the city centre hotels are full, you should be able to arrange cabs through your hotel reception. Make sure you give them plenty of notice and grab a card off the cab driver when you get to town so you can call them when you need getting back to your bed.

Some of your night time activities maybe out of town such as Greyhound or Horse Racing events, pre-arranging transport for these type of events is a must.

Be Nice To Your Driver
The nicer you are to your driver the more flexible he will be, so treat him like one of the boys and keep the bus tidy.

A Quick Plug
DesignaVenture can book minibuses / coaches for your group for the whole or part of your stag do. We will know what time you will need to leave, return and will work out all your distances, so you don't have to.