Pumpkin Spice? That Doesn’t Sound Nice

Some people just live for Autumn. Skiers and snowboarders can see the snows a’comin’ and lovers can get back to a non-stick snuggle routine. In the United States, where they call it “Fall”, the people seem to find solace in the arrival of something called Pumpkin Spice Latte, which quite frankly sounds terrible. Pumpkin plus spice is already a no-no, and then to put it in a coffee! Get real.

From Stoke Travel’s perspective, Autumn is a time to briefly dry out after a very soggy summer, and then to launch into our don’t-you-dare-call-it-the-off-season season. We will miss the summer, but the Autumn gives us a chance to explore London and Barcelona, our home cities, and go on adventures to exotic locales.

Here’s a little rundown on what’s on our immediate horizon while the leaves shimmy their way down from their summertime perches, and baristas seek to infuse coffee with goddamn pumpkin.


Something that was popularised in the North American Fall that we can get behind, unlike pumpkin coffee drinks. Halloween is scary, it’s sexy, it’s fun and full of candy. We spend our Halloweens here in Barcelona, exploring the old gothic part of town with our scavenger hunt, touching on the ghostly and ghastly history of the city and and knocking back some spirits of our own in the process. Will you be around Barcelona for this one? Want to get completely goblinned with us?

Morocco Surf House

You want to get some more Morroc and Roll in your life? Is it time to get your motion in the North Atlantic Ocean? Autumn is THE SEASON to surf in Morocco. There are some slamming swells hitting the coast right now, the sun is still shining hot and bright (highs in the 30s this week), and the water is bikini and boardshort-able. For those of you who don’t know, Morocco is a completely safe kingdom in North Africa, it’s beaches are famed, it’s lifestyle fabled and the food fantastic. It’s a short hop from Europe, a little longer from not-Europe, our house is magnificent (jacuzzi on the roof, sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean). You want to be there, and Autumn is a perfect time to do it. Just jump on one of the many budget birds that fly down there and wash away your sins in Morocco’s perfect point breaks. You want it, you’ll  love it, you’re going to need it.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Ok, fair enough, this one is technically not autumn, but as the last event of the calendar year (not to mention one of the best) we thought it was worth a mention.  This trip combines a lot of aspects we love, like massive street parties, party trains, 24-hour benders, BYO, and haggis (well, it’s fun to say at least).  We leave from London on a totally private party train and rock up to Edinburgh before the New Year’s festivities begin, then cart your dusty ass back to London after a full night of street parties and kilt-lifting good times.  We also have a private pre-and-post-party venue in Edinburgh so you can get warm and beat the crowd.

Oh, and there’s not a pumpkin spice latte in sight!

Those are our plans for the rest of the year. Will they be yours too? We really hope so!