Part of the student-athlete experience is travel, and the Gamecocks go in style. From upgraded buses and charter flights for games in the continental United States to international jaunts to Cancun and the Virgin Islands, South Carolina offers only the best. Head coach Dawn Staley knows the value in experiencing things outside one’s comfort zone, and she makes sure to push her players’ cultural and intellectual horizons as much as their athletic ones. In her first season at South Carolina, Staley took her team to Cancun, Mexico, for a tournament over Thanksgiving. In addition to winning the tournament, the Gamecocks enjoyed luxury hotel accommodations, sandy beaches, jet skiing, banana boat rides and touring around town on scooters. In 2009-10, South Carolina faced stiff competition in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Around three games set at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the Gamecocks also experienced the historic setting and untouched natural beauty of the island’s breathtaking beaches, crystal clear blue water and pristine coral reefs.