Friday, 30 October 2015

Why On Earth Should We Stag In Tenerife?

Stag Party at Sunset in Tenerife
First and foremost, Tenerife is an awesome stag do destination with extremely lively nightlife and fantastic weather all year round.

Where on Earth is Tenerife?

To be precise, Tenerife is; 28.2686° N, 16.6056° W - I think that's a bit too precise Sorry. 

It's just off the coast of North Africa, west of Morocco's most southernly tip and in line with the Western Sahara desert, got it?

So that's why it can boast 365 days of sunshine, roughly around 80° F for most days of the year.

As Tenerife is an island (the largest and busiest of the Canary Islands) as your on a stag do you'll need to know where to party.

Playa De Las Americas or Las Americas is the liveliest resort with 100's of bars and clubs, a sandy beach and an atmosphere at night so cool, you could brush your teeth with it!

Veronicas By Night Playa De Las Americas

The famous Veronicas Strip is a no nonsense, get your head down and party area of Las Americas and it pretends to be nothing else. You will find plenty of bars and clubs to keep even the liveliest of stag groups happy and when you need to eat the 24 hour takeaways and restaurants will be happy to help you soak up all that 2 for 1 alcohol. 

The last time I went to Las Americas there were lots of special offers in most of the bars and clubs such as 2-4-1 drinks, free shots, free entry etc.

If you fancy somewhere a little more sophisticated you can head for Los Christianos which is about a 20 minute stroll from Las Americas via a pedestrian promenade. 

In Los Christianos you will find plenty of great restaurants, good bars a couple of clubs and a more sedate atmosphere to Las Americas.

A few things to consider

  • Tenerife has 2 airports, for Playa De Las Americas and Los Christianos you'll need Tenerife South Airport which is called Reina Sofia Airport
  • Don't go to the North of the Island if you want sunshine and a lively night out, the North is usually cloudy especially in the winter months and quiet
  • Most low cost airlines fly into Tenerife South from the UK
  • Daily Average temperature is 26.6°C
  • As Tenerife is owned by Spain, Euros is the currency you'll need

Mount Teide Tenerife with snow on top
Worth a visit

I know you're on a stag do, but if you fancy getting away from the bars for the day Tenerife has the third highest Volcano in the world and the highest elevation in Spain, Mount Teidi (pronounced bang Tidy). There are plenty of day trips up there and in the winter months it usually has snow on top, so don't forget your winter clothing.  

As Mount Teidi is a Volcano, last erupted in 1909, the moon-like terrain is a great place for selfies and stag photos.

Tenerife is a brand new stag destination for DesignaVenture and we have lots of packages which can be found here.

So if you need somewhere warm and lively, particularly in the winter months, Tenerife is the stag destination of choice.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Stag Do Traditions

In the UK a stag do is a tradition, a time when a man calls for all his best mates and friends to get together and celebrate his single life before he gets married.

In France they call it "enterrement de vie de garçon" which basically translates to "burial of the life as a boy or bachelor".

Back to the UK, usually the 'stag or groom to be', nominates one, two or even three best men who will then take on the task of organising the stag.

They will not only organise the it but also arrange what's going to happen on the stag, The Traditions.

People think that traditions are hundreds of years old, but in my mind a tradition is something which has passed on from stag to stag.

What are these traditions I hear you ask?

I'm just getting to that...

The Right To Humiliate The Stag

Humiliating the stag is a good one to start with, these humiliation rituals are done on different levels of the embarrassment spectrum.

The worst I saw was when a stag, who remains nameless (Dave Price*), was stripped down to his birthday suit, outside of his home town (Shrewsbury*) and made to walk to the nightclub to pick up his clothes, phone and wallet before entering the club.

Now my humiliation was alcohol, I was made to sink silly amounts of shots before 11am, I managed to keep my dignity and quickly drank loads of water in the toilet (not out of the toilet).

Now I am confused, doesn't humiliate the stag and 'stag do pranks' go together, aren't they linked?

Stag Do Pranks

From The Gaffer, (gaffer taping the stag to something solid like a tree or the obvious lamp post see picture above), to getting him arrested to waking him up with his leg in plaster, stag do pranks are as traditional in the UK as fish and chips, sliced bread and a nice cup of tea.

The Kitty

The stag kitty is something that makes a whole load of sense and that's why it's a stag do tradition. Isn't it a nightmare when you feel you have bought more drinks then anyone else or Dave keeps dipping out of buying rounds, and that's why the Stag Kitty was invented. 

Think of the kitty as the UN, it keeps the peace - everyone sticks in the same amount of money and is topped up equally once it's low on funds. Usually, someone who is unlikely to get slaughtered or the most trusted member of the stag group (not necessarily the best man) is put in charge of it. 

On one stag do I attended we used an old ladies purse to add a different dimension to the whole tradition and to make you look a little silly at the bar!

What Goes On Tour Stays On Tour

This is a tradition to save your blushes, nothing should be discussed about the stag weekend to anyone outside of the group. It goes without saying most of the time however if you have a few newbies on the stag do make sure this is drilled into them before the weekend starts.

Fancy Dress

More traditional now then it's ever been, especially when the whole group dresses up. In days gone by it started with sticking the stag in a wedding dress, now everyone turns up in themed outfits like super heroes, old ladies or just to keeping it simple with stag t-shirt.

Stag Do Games

Again, like fancy dress Stag Do Games is a recent phenomenon. From drinking games to a simple list of Dare's. Don't forget that some of these guys don't know each other so chucking in a few stag do games at the start of the weekend is a great ice-breaker.

*Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent, What Goes On Tour....

Friday, 9 October 2015

Festival and Event Ideas For Your 2016 Stag Do

Stag Group at Royal Ascot
2016 is railroading towards us and there is nothing we can do, unless we have a DeLorean and a crazy scientist called Doc we are basically screwed, so best get organised then!

If you have a stag do to organise and you are thinking about including a festival or an event to proceedings get yourself sorted as tickets go fast.

I have put together some top festivals and events for you to consider.

Say the stag loves Formula 1, music or even has a fetish for tomatoes there should be a festival or event that suits.

Let's get started, with an event where you'll need to dress up as you're about to meet the Queen, yes it's Royal Ascot.

At DesignaVenture we have sold loads of Royal Ascot Horse Racing weekends to stag parties, it's such a fantastic weekend and Royal Ascot is famous all over the world. It's an event the stag will remember for the rest of his life, and that's the whole point of a stag weekend right?

If the stag loves speed (we're not talking about the 90's enhancer here) then you need to take him on a  Formula 1 weekend.

Now forget the UK, as it's far too expensive, head over to Barcelona or Budapest. Would you believe with flights, hotel, transfers and full weekend passes it can work out to be cheaper than if you actually go to the British Grand Prix?

Seriously, if your stag has a fetish for tomatoes or just loves to get mucky with loads of Spanish people, then head over to the tomato festival in Spain, we have written about this amazing festival on the blog, it's incredible!

3 girls drinking Steins at Oktoberfest
Love Beer? What am I talking about, of course you love beer, well there is no better place to hold your beer loving stag do than in Munich in October.

It's called Oktoberfest where 1.8 million gallons of beer is drunk, 1.8 million gallons and that's just one stag party from Belfast, b-boom!

Did you know Paris Hilton has been banned from Oktoberfest?

It's true Google it!

Kings Day in Amsterdam is another festival which people go mad for, all the Dutch dress up in bright Orange (it's more orange then the set of The Only Way is Essex) and celebrate their monarchy with dance parties galore, such a fantastic atmosphere!

Dizzy picture of Glastonbury
Glastonbury is the world's biggest music festival, I am sorry to say that all the tickets for 2016 have now sold out, so you have to be quick, or spend a lot of money on eBay!

If your stag is a budding artist then head over to the Nevada desert in the USA for the Burning Man festival where radical self expression is celebrated amongst 9 other principals. "Sounds a bit serious to me", don't worry you can get a beer and there is a massive dance area called Deep Playa Music Zone where top DJ's stick on their vinyl.