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Make the most of your London Olympics trip

- March 7th, 2012

If you’re planning to travel to London, England for the 2012 summer Olympic games, you’ll want to make the most of your trip, whether that means finding budget accommodation, visiting other attractions that interest you while there or just scoring tickets to an Olympic event.

Tips from travel sites Cheapflights.ca and Fodors.com can help maximize your enjoyment – and save your wallet –  during your London Olympics trip.

Cheapflights.ca, a leader in online travel deals, wants travellers to get the most for their money.

The site suggests travellers look for Olympic events that are free and easily accessible. The Olympic marathon course starts and ends at The Mall near Buckingham Palace, with runners passing plenty of London landmarks on the marathon route. Men’s and Women’s events from cycling to race walking also take place throughout the city and are free to watch.

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Giant Olympic Rings on a barge float past the Old Naval College at Greenwich on the river Thames in London on February 28, 2012, as organizers celebrate 150 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA

Other tips for a frugal Olympics vacation from Cheapflights.ca include joining the crowds at public viewing sites to experience all the energy of the Olympics without the price tag, visiting cities around London that are also hosting Olympic events (sailing in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, for example) or taking a pre-Olympics tour now to see completed venues.

For all of Cheapflights.ca’s tips for a budget-friendly Olympics experience, visit their budget Olympics guide.

Meanwhile, Fodors.com has also released a series of tips for travellers who are attending the London Olympics.

As Fodors points out, London is the first Olympic host city that has asked businesses and tourist attractions not to raise prices during the Games. More than 60 attractions, including the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, have signed on to this promise, allowing tourists to maximize their time in London by visiting popular non-Olympic tourist attractions.

Fodors also suggests tourists save on lodging by renting an apartment from a Londoner through a website like AirBnB.com. “Also, be sure to cast a wide net in your search to include lodging options outside of central London — the city has some 33 boroughs where you can bunk down, after all, and the rooms only get cheaper the further out you’re willing to go,” says Fodors.com.

And,while most Olympic events tickets have been snapped up, companies like Thomas Cook and CoSport are offering hotel and ticket combo packs for purchase, says Fodors. A limited number of tickets will also be released this spring by the London Olympics committee through london2012.com.

Visit Fodors.com for more Olympic travel tips from Fodors.

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