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Five Tips for your London 2012 Summer Games Adventure

It’s the third time the Olympics have been held in London. However, a lot has changed since the last time it was held there, nearly 70 years ago in 1948. The city has gotten bigger, people are able to travel more easily and the city is already at maximum capacity without one of the biggest sporting events in the world invading it. London has already received a lot of negative publicity about not being prepared for this year’s summer games. Here are five things you should be aware of so you can have the optimal Olympic experience while you are there.

Bike or Walk, Do Not Drive

London’s roads are already crowded, narrow and confusing and a lot of them have already been blocked off by Olympic construction, making traffic even more of a nightmare. So renting a car or taking a cab is probably a bad idea. Driving in London by yourself will be tough and even more frustrating than usual; cabs will be slow and also quite expensive. The tube will be useful but also incredibly overcrowded. Walking and bike lanes have been created for the Olympics and hope to service up to 300,000 people per day. By taking these, you’ll be cruising past all the furious people in gridlock to watch some world-class sport.

Beware of Identity Theft

Don’t use public Wi-Fi spots if you can avoid them, especially at the busy London airports. Identity thieves will sit in these free hot spots and hack into your wireless devices to steal your passwords, your identity or your bank account numbers. Nothing will mess up your Olympic experience like having your identity stolen, so don’t risk it. If you do want the freedom to go on the Internet while you are in London, look into an identity protection program like Lifelock, which will protect your identity, your credit card and your personal bank account numbers and passwords. This way, you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

Keep It Clean

Disease is one of the biggest concerns for Olympic athletes each year— even more so than injuries. This is because there are so many different people from all over the world coming together and it is inevitable someone will be sick and others won’t be used to it. Spectators run the same risks- if not more so, as they are surrounded by crowds of people from around the world. Pay extra attention to people who might be sick around you and keep yourself healthy.

Bring Warm Clothes and Rain Gear

Even though it’s the summer Olympics, London can still get chilly due to it’s location on the globe. Rain is also constant throughout the United Kingdom, meaning you could get wet and a little cold and then get sick, which is certainly not something you want marring your Olympic experience. So bring the proper gear whether you use it or not—it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

 

Use Technology to Navigate the City


While getting around London, you should use your smart phone so you can navigate your way around the city easily. You will also be able to download a ton of Olympic apps that will help you manage your schedule and navigate London during the Summer Games. These apps also tell you what routes to take that may have fewer people on them and will give you all the information you may need before you arrive. Let the games begin!


Article Contributed by Eloise Shutt
Eloise spends a lot of time traveling. She spends just as much time writing about her travels and anything to do with adventures.

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