Real life wedding ringer: lucky lad travels 31,000 miles in three months for stag dos with total strangers
A lucky lad has travelled 31,000 miles in just three months by going on stag dos with total STRANGERS.
Reminiscent of the film The Wedding Ringer, crazy Will Stevenson has quickly become the go to man for prospective grooms who have a spare space on their stag.
Since going on his first weekend to Budapest in June, Will, 35, has now travelled all across Europe, including to Munich, Rome and Ibiza a whopping five times.
Despite normally just covering the cost of changing the name on a flight, the office manager calculates he’s spent a sobering £10,000 on booze across his 16 stags.
Will, from Nottingham, said: “It first started when I bid on a place on a stranger’s stag do in June.
“One of the groom’s mates dropped out, so they auctioned his seat.
“I had a free weekend and was thinking about going to a festival but thought this would be a laugh.
“I never expected to win, but the day after the auction closed I was going to Budapest with 22 lads I’d never met before.
“It was a bit scary to start with but once we got to know each other it was a great laugh.”
Will’s exploits on that first stag caught the attention of Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who chronicled the trip on his show.
After that coverage, he was inundated with requests from grooms wanting him to fill a vacant spot on their pre-nuptial naughtiness.
In just three short months Will has jetted off to Madrid, Barcelona twice, Magaluf twice, Gran Canaria, Amsterdam twice, Tenerife and even Blackpool.
In one of his multiple trips to the White Isle, Will got to party with superstar DJs David Guetta, Pete Tong and Axwell and Ingrosso.
He added: “The last few months have been absolutely non-stop – I feel like I’ve spent the last 12 weeks either partying or in airports.
“Some of the stags overlapped, especially in Ibiza, so when one group was leaving I’d be staying behind for more madness.
“I used up my holiday allowance pretty quickly but fortunately my job is quite flexible.”
Throughout his travels, Will has been joined by a mascot – Seth the badger – who had been with him to festivals and concerts before this madness began.
After gaining recognition at a George Ezra concert with the hashtag #seththebadger, Will chronicles his crazy antics on his Twitter, @Willhasabadger.
He said: “At first Seth created a bit of tension.
“Before that first stag, the other lads found my Twitter and noticed I carried a badger around.
“In their Facebook group they added me to they’d made a few comments about it being weird.
“But we got past that, and he’s become a focal point in his own right.”
There’s no slowing down for Will over the next few months as he has a further three stags booked, including ones to Las Vegas and Melbourne.
Despite clocking up more than one full circumnavigation of the globe, the tanked up traveller incredibly is scared of flying.
He admitted: “Believe it or not, but it is true – before I fly I hate the thought, but a few vodkas in the airport settle my nerves.
“I never tell the stags before I go on, then it’s too late.”