Sun, sea, sex and Saloufest: How to cope on tour
SALOU TILL I DIE
Tour is coming.
In the first few weeks of April, thousands of students will head to Salou for the social of all socials.
It’s the annual event which sees the boozing and banter of AU sports teams span not only one night, but an entire five days.
But, through all the fun and games, the tour experience is something one must be prepared for.
With just a couple of weeks to go, we consider it our duty to give anyone going a heads up on how to get the very best out of the tour experience.
So, without further ado, here are some quality tips, backed up by the Foreign Commonwealth Office, on how not to be a twat on Tour.
Salou is hot. Coupled with the immense crowds in the clubs at night and the excessive levels of alcohol consumed, drinking enough water is essential.
We all love the heat, but too much sun can be dangerous. Get a team mate to do your back, then you can sit back and nurse that hangover under the rays. Don’t be the guy who gets sunburnt.
Losing your friends on a night out in Portswood is one thing, losing them when you’re not sober and in a foreign country is another.
Whatever happens, stick with your team mates.
Don’t get drunk on balconies
According to the FCO, there have been a number of very serious accidents as a result of falls from balconies, usually caused by British nationals being under the influence of alcohol.
Some local councils have introduced laws banning the misuse of balconies with fines for those who are caught. Don’t be the twat who falls or gets fined.
Boring stuff, but very important. You must have your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving for tour.
The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may be necessary if you get ill. Don’t be the twat with no insurance.
Don’t give in to peer-pressure
With sports teams it can be hard to escape the pressure to do ridiculous, horrendous things. But, honestly, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Don’t be the twat who “did it because he told me to”.
When you’re out every night and sleeping through most of the day, it can be hard to maintain a decent eating pattern.
Take advantage of the hotel meals, though. Fill up at breakfast, and line your stomach at dinner. Don’t be the twat who doesn’t eat.
Don’t overdo it
Remember, tour is five days long. If you go mental on the first couple of nights, you’re unlikely to last through the rest.
You don’t want to be so hungover that you can’t enjoy yourself. Don’t be the twat who can’t cope.
Katie Lightowler, Southampton’s VP Sports Officer, who has been on tour multiple times herself, said: “On the back of Varsity success, all 243 students going on Team Southampton tour should be buzzing. I can say from personal experience that it is one of the best weeks of your University life.
“Remember to just look out for each other – there is a reason we are going as one team.”
For more info, check out the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.