The UK has been buzzing since the announcement that London is hosting the 2012 Olympics. At this point, many Brits are feeling Olympic overload. So how can someone skip out on this summer's Games? We have you covered.
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The UK has been buzzing since the announcement that London is hosting the 2012 Olympics. At this point, many Brits are feeling Olympic overload. So how can someone skip out on this summer’s games? We have you covered.
The London Rush
To get away from the crowds that the Olympic Games will draw, many Brits are planning to holiday abroad during that time—though they would rather have stayed in the UK.
Overall, Londoners and Brits in general are already feeling burnt out on the Olympic Games hype. Many aren’t excited about the events, and even more are planning to skip their local torch relay.
Per Cent of Residents Who Plan to Skip the Torch Relay in Their Area
51% South East
59% North England
51% Wales and South West
The Belly of the Beast: London
If you're looking to avoid the Olympic crowds, it’s best to avoid London altogether. If you find yourself travelling around London, check ahead for changes to schedules or road closures. Getaheadofthegames.com is a helpful resource to local residents and businesses.
Duration of the Games
Torch Relay 21 July - 26 July
Olympic Games 27 July - 12 August
Paralympic Games 29 August - 9 September
How to Cope
1 Find the travel hotspots.
2 Plan ahead.
3 Consider all travel options.
4 Avoid the busiest times.
5 Avoid driving into affected areas.
Other Hotspots to Avoid
25 July – 10 August
26 July – 7 August
Weymouth & Portland
General Area (Sailing Events)
29 July – 11August
1 – 6 September
City of Coventry Stadium
25 July – 9 August
St. James Park
26 July – 4 August
Hampden Park Football Stadium
25 July – 3 August
Windsor & Eton
28 July – 11 August
31 August – 2 September
Cheshunt & Waltham Cross
Lee Valley White Water Centre
29 July – 2 August
5 – 8 September
Leigh-on-Sea & Hadleigh
11 – 12 August
General Area (Road Cycling Events)
28 July – 1 August
If you really want to avoid the Games completely, staying off the roads won’t be enough. During much-hyped events and ceremonies, you'll have to unplug from all the social media buzz that’ll no doubt ensue. Here’s when you need to disconnect.
Most Buzzworthy Events
Opening Ceremonies 27 July
Closing Ceremonies 12 August
>> A cast of 15,000 people will put on the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
>> An estimated 4 billion people will watch the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Most Popular Sports
● Track and Field
SOURCES: TRAVELEX, COMRES, BBC RADIO 5LIVE, LBC.CO.UK, LONDON2012.COM, GETAHEADOFTHEGAMES.COM, HELIUM.COM
FOR REFERENCE ONLY
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/great-olympic-away-120500744.html - london rush, skip the games
http://www.comres.co.uk/polls/BBC_5_live_data_tables_18th_April_2012.pdf - torch relay burn out
http://www.lbc.co.uk/100-days-to-olympics-half-of-londoners-not-excited---lbc-973-poll-53738 48% not excited
http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travel-in-affected-areas.html other affected areas
http://www.helium.com/items/1849717-most-popular-olympic-sports?page=2 popular sports
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