Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Top 5 Stag Do Ideas For 2014

If you're looking for a quick Top 5, then read on people as this Top 5 stag do ideas for 2014 will knock your socks off, and hopefully help you arrange the finest stag do known to man.

In no particular order, and as varied as Simon Cowell's belt draw, I hope this list will help you make up your mind, for mate's most important weekend of his life, his stag do!

Rage Buggy Moving Fast
Rage Buggies
The most popular stag do activity, fast, furious and an exceleration that will take the sun tan off your face.

These Rage Buggies go over 50mph and where tested on Top Gear, given the thumbs up from the boys.

Whether you're a petrol head or just love competition these are a fantastic stag do idea.

Whether it's shooting clays out of the sky or obliterating targets with AK 47's, shooting guns on a stag do is always a winner.

Most stag parties when touring the old Eastern Block countries love to get their hands on some wicked weaponry. Shooting machine guns or trying to control an AK47 is an extreme thrill, and is certainly something you couldn't do over here in the UK.

However, here in the UK  (Bournemouth and Bristol) there is an activity site offering .22 rifle activity, shooting at zombie targets, two activities in one!

Zombie Survival / Boot Camp
An extremely vogue stag activity and one which will leave the contents of your lunch, in your pants.

You are armed with guns and given the best 15 minutes training you have ever had, so pay attention and make sure your don't become one of them, as they're a tad ugly.

This stag do idea is very popular and is booking up fast for loads of 2014 dates, so book early.

White Water Rafting
With the amount of rainfall the UK gets throughout the year, this is a great place for some white water action. Choose between 6 or 2 man rafts and fight the water down some pretty exhilarating grade 3 rapids.

There are loads of sites in the UK however the best are in Scotland or North Wales, however out of convenience there are man made white water rafting sites in the middle of Cardiff and the outskirts of Nottingham. That's right I did say 'in the middle of Cardiff', fabulous. 

Europe, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic have some pretty awesome white water rafting, however there is one stag destination which towers above the rest.... Las Vegas. Rafting down the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, life doesn't get any better then this! 

Man sliding down inflatable in foam
Bring On The Games
The UK is home to some fantastic hen and stag do ideas and activities which are popular with hen parties are the Games style events, these include It's a knockout, West Country Games, Highland Games and Cymru Games.

Where Hens go, stags should follow - competing against hen parties whilst wearing fancy dress costumes, tackling water and foam, and running around inflatables is a right giggle.

In my mind, stag do ideas should consist of at least one of the following:
  • Competition
  • Exhilaration
  • Make you laugh like a buffoon
Choose wisely and good luck, for more inspirational stag do ideas click here.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Stag Weekends Abroad Including Flights Vs Booking Your Own Flights

Plane landing in sunset
So you have made that decision to flee Blighty for a stag do abroad, but wait - you're going to need flights!

Most popular stag destinations abroad are served well, by low cost airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizz Air, Jet 2, Flybe and many, many more.

So do you book your stag do abroad including flights or do you book your flights separately?

Booking Flights Separately

This will save you money, no company will book your flights without charging a fee, as there is quite a lot of work involved, on that note, what is involved?

Before you book

  • You will need to search the skies and find out routes and airlines, a website we find helpful is Skyscanner
  • You will need to pay upfront, the whole amount (low cost airlines don't refund for drop outs so don't pay for anyone you don't know or trust)
  • You will also need everyone's name spelt correctly (first & surname)**

Before you fly

To check people in online (which you will have to do unless you pay more for airport check-in*) you will then need every member's passport details which is also known as API (Advanced Passenger Information), these details are:
API = Advanced Passenger Information
  • First, middle and surnames
  • Passport number
  • Passpot expiry date
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport country of issue
  • Nationality
  • Some airlines may need your country of residence
  • A printer to print off everyone's boarding passes
*Some low cost airlines now only allow online check-in and this seems to be the way most airlines are going.

When booking flights these days watch out for the extra charges such as luggage, choice of seats, credit card charges, airport check-in etc.

Stag Weekends With Flights Included

Stags next to an Easyjet plane going to Bratislava
First and foremost, only book with an ATOL bonded company, that way if something happens to that company your money is safe.

No doubt booking flight inclusive packages will save you time, stress and worry. However, you will have to pay more, as you are paying for a service.

All you have is a one off per person cost to get off the lads and you're away.

You will still need to email over the stag organiser a list of names. **

Once booked, at DesignaVenture for most low cost airlines we send you over a form to fill in for your passport details (API) so we can check you in online.

You will also find most stag weekends that include flights also include airport transfers and a female guide who will meet you at the airport and answer any questions you may have about your chosen destination.

So it's a toss up between paying more for the convenience of having all that messy airline business taken care of or save some money and DIY.

My advice is to get both prices in and make a decision.***

**Don't guess the names! The name on the ticket must match the name on the passport, abbreviations and nicknames are not allowed (Steve instead of Steven - Muncher instead of Brian).

***If you are not good on the internet and it's left to you to book the stag do, go for the stag weekend that includes flights. If you have a small group, you can use a computer and budget is tight, book the non inclusive flight package and then book your own flights.