With just under 200 days to go until the Paralympics event, the countdown for the London Olympic Games is upon us. For those who missed out on tickets, weren’t too keen on the price tag or simply want to escape the crowds, Cheapflights.co.uk, the online leader in travel deals publishing, has plenty of tips and tricks on how to Have an Olympic Experience for Less.
“London is finally ready and already buzzing with anticipation for the approaching games. Whether you struck out getting tickets or fear the cost and crowds, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of the games, even from afar or for free,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk.
“Supporting the games is not only good from a national perspective as it encourages tourism to the UK, but it’s good from a personal perspective too, making us all feel like we’re playing a part in some way,” adds Hallak.
So whether your preference is to escape the crowds, get in for free or follow the torch, Cheapflights has the insider guide on how to get exactly what you’re looking for.
No ticket? No problem – Check out FREE events: While most events are ticketed, it’s still possible get in on the action for free. As with everything Olympic related, whether it’s ticketed or not, it’s advisable to arrive well in advance in order to claim a good seat. Here’s a sampling of some of the free events:
- Men’s and Women’s individual road cycling time trials: taking place on 1 August and the starting point is Richmond’s Hampton Court Palace
- Men’s Marathon: taking place in central London on 5th August
- Women’s Marathon: taking place in central London on 12th August
- Women’s Triathlon: the cycling event takes place on 4th August with parts of the route crossing through Hyde Park and Birdcage Walk in front of Buckingham Palace
- Men’s Triathlon: the cycling event takes place on 7th August and the route is the same as the women’s event
Escape the UK, but still live the games: Visit one or more of your favorite Olympic host cities. From Athens and Tokyo to Montreal and Sydney, the summer Olympics have been held in every corner of the world. Any Olympics lover can find a moment in sports history to revisit. From Beijing, with its eye-catching Water Cube, home to Michael Phelps’ awe-inspiring eight gold medal run, to Berlin, where Jesse Owen dominated as a sprinter to win the begrudging respect of the crown in the heart of Nazi Germany in 1936, there are countless layers of history at any Olympic site.
Escape the crowds: Skip London altogether. For less crowds and cost, try events taking place outside of London. Some venues, such as those for mountain biking, kayaking, rowing and canoeing are a mere 20-50km away. A bit further out in Wales, Scotland and spots along UK coastline and across the countryside, will also be hosting Olympic events. Football tournaments (in Manchester, Coventry, Glasgow, Newcastle and Cardiff) and sailing events (in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbor) will make for a good staycation or quick weekend escape.
Follow the torch
Though the torch relay is staying within the UK as opposed to taking the usual international route, the destinations lucky enough to receive it are still very much worth a visit, even for UK residents. The tradition kicks off against a spectacular backdrop in Land’s End on Saturday 19th May. By the start of June, the flame will burn through Belfast and Northern Ireland, then to Edinburgh and Scotland by mid-month. On the 70th day – July 27 – the torch will reach the Olympic Stadium, and the Games will officially commence.
Join the crowds: Immerse yourself fully in the buzz at the London live sites. From the big three locations in the Capital – Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park – to the 20-plus other locations across the United Kingdom, there will be big-screen viewings of medal ceremonies and competitions, free concerts and contests – all designed to include locals and visitors alike in the Olympic experience as it unfolds.
For the full guide of insider tips and tricks on getting in on the Olympics, visit our blog.
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