Tips Learned at the Olympics for Future London Trips

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While in London for the Olympics, I paid attention to some money saving tips that would be applicable not just for trips during the Olympics, but for trips once the Olympics were over. My husband and I are actually returning early next year in an Envoy Suite using the US Airways off-peak awards for just 55,000 miles each (we got a 5K discount for having the US Airways card), so I wanted to be able to have some good ideas for when we make our return visit. I got several great ideas from many of you, so thanks for the advice!

If you are interested, here is the article I wrote on the topic for the Travel Channel’s blog entitled “London Sendoff: Tips to Save Money in London After the Games”.

Now I can’t wait to get back to London and visit some of the free attractions that we just didn’t have enough time to get to on this trip!


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  1. @Jayson, thanks! Truly my biggest regret on this trip was relying on my iPhone camera instead of bringing a “real” camera.

  2. Ahem… As I tried to warn you in my comment on July 31st, you do not want to go to the National Portrait Gallery, which is basically a series of paintings of previous members of English royalty, done by whomever. Imagine someone showing you pictures of his uncle, his grand uncle, his grand grand uncle…..

    No, about a block away is the National Gallery {no portrait in the name} which is a fabulous collection of paintings by the Old Masters, from the early 13th century to the early 20th century. Especially the 17th with Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt,and Vermeer. And the 18th with Ingres, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, and Van Gogh.

    The National Portrait Gallery, on the other hand, has
    the painting of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marborough by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Never heard of either of them? Me neither. But that Monet fellow, and someone called Van Gogh, they seem somewhat familiar. 🙂

  3. Are you going to do a piece about using points and miles to get to future Games? Maybe something on Sochi and Rio and how to start planning now?

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