Tuesday, 22 April 2014

THE TRUTH BEHIND BOOZING HOLIDAYS


In our generation it is often considered a right of passage to immerse yourself in a girl's or boy's drinking holiday. Those who have never experienced one are usually those who actively reject the values and morals that come along with these escapades. Our society has seemed to become obsessed with finding out the "truths" behind these weeks spent getting drunk in the sun. As a result many programmes have sprung up promising us that they will reveal what truly goes on, such as 'Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents', 'What happens in Kavos', and 'Magaluf Weekender' to name a few. They vary in tameness with one showing us a serial womanizing holiday rep who takes his conquests for a few shots in BCM and rarely converts his spooning into forking (Magaluf Weekender) compared to someone shooting a firework up their own arse and firing parts of his poo around his hotel room as a birthday celebration (What happens in Kavos). But unless you have experienced one yourself I don't think you'll ever really know what they are like...




Boat parties, fish bowls, pervy men and on stage sex shows all unite in one big Magaluf cocktail. I had just turned 18 and me and my friends decided we just had to go on one of these holidays. We were never far from being documented as you can see in the photo just above the Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents film crew were recording an episode while we were on board, we actually all briefly appeared in the episode much to our delight. What the BBC conveniently left out of the final cut was the star of the show whipping her boobs out and letting male passengers feast on her nipples; the show is not as honest as you may think. While in Zante I also met another star of the hit TV show and he confessed to us that he knew all along what show he was partaking in and was just on it for the free holiday. Since I was in high school I'd always liked to go out but nothing can prepare you for your first abroad strip. British youngsters seem to lose all inhibitions at just the smell of suncream and we saw some things we will never be able to erase from our memories. A rep only has to mention the words sex game and the crowd cheers in delight waving their hands praying it's them that gets to the show the crowd that they know the most creative sex positions. One girl even gave a male counterpart oral on stage for the entire club to see.

Despite all this these places are fun holidays and a chance for you to make amazing memories with your best friends. I was not deterred from my Maga experience and the following year decided to give Zante's closing parties a visit...




I don't know whether it was the time of year or the destination but Zante seemed to have a little more class than Maga. On our penultimate night we were whisked away to a separate island where everyone was adorned in white clothing ready to party the night away. It truly was beautiful spending the night with my best friends dancing in the sea and enjoying great music. On our final night we visited one of Zante's nicest restaurants; Cool Peppers where we were treated to a slap up meal and lovely company showing that for us it was not all about getting wasted, it was about enjoying each other before we were separated around the UK for university.

These holidays may be fun and games for me, but they most certainly do have a dark side with people drinking themselves into oblivions and making life altering decisions, such as the craze of balcony jumping that caused deaths. People drink so much they find themselves at risk of being victims of various crimes such as robbery, violence or even rape; you can read more here. Destinations can be described as "no rules" party scenes where drinks prices are significantly cheaper than here in the UK. Me and my friends got ridiculous amounts of alcohol for 5 euros and were practically begged to come into the clubs in Maga due to our group size (and the fact I have some hot friends!). Holidaymakers don't see the consequences they could face as a result of their their actions. 

Has it all gone too far or has the press exaggerated the situation?

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