With only six months to go until London hosts the 2012 Games, it appears many Londoners are looking to escape the capital this summer. ABTA’s recent survey found that 12% of the Britons surveyed are intending to travel overseas specifically to avoid the Olympics, while 9% will be taking a trip to quieter locations in the UK.
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), the long stay airport parking specialist, has put together a selection of top tips to help readers escape the crowds as well as top tips to get the most out of staying. This can be found at www.aph.com/escapeolympics.
Top Tips to AVOID the Games:
- If you are looking to travel abroad during the peak weeks of the summer, plan ahead and book time off from work early to ensure time off is allowed by the boss.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to book the holiday, with many people looking to escape the crowds there will be limited choice and offers will run out quickly.
- London Heathrow will welcome almost 80% of all Game passengers with the 13th August scheduled to be the busiest day in Heathrow Airport’s history, so avoid this day if you can.
- Travellers who have an early flight and wish to avoid the stress of crowded public transport, should book an airport hotel to enjoy a lie-in and hassle-free, journey to the terminal. For a selection of airport hotels around the UK visit www.aph.com/hotels/index.shtml.
- For flyers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the airports, then start the holiday as you mean to go on and enjoy complimentary drinks, food and newspapers in the quiet comfort of an airport lounge.
Top Tips to get the MOST out of the Games
- When travelling around London on public transport, make sure you avoid affected areas on the underground, train and roads by taking alternative modes of transport. Visit www.getaheadofthegames.com to plan journeys accordingly.
- With an extra 3 million more journeys expected in London on the busiest day of the Olympics, look at travelling out of peak times to avoid the crowds. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk for a full breakdown of how transport and roads will be affected.
- Join in the atmosphere and watch the Olympic Torch Relay as it’s carried through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK. Visit www.london2012.com for a full list of locations.
- Even if you don’t have tickets and are staying in London, enjoy the party by visiting some of the National Hospitality Houses celebrating the Games. Click here for a list of those announced so far www.visitlondon.com/london2012/national-hospitality-houses-for-london-2012.