How to get truly, deeply into a year of travel?
Factor in your holiday allowance, the cost of flight plus hotel and the various weddings and baptisms you will inevitably have to attend, and your visit time in 2012 is anything but unlimited.
So here are seven places that should come top of your 2012 trip list.
No stranger to the Olympics, London will host the Games for a third time around. [i.dailymail.co.uk]
To prove itself worthy it will feature a steroidal, 200-hectare Olympic Park facility and an assortment of city-wide, traveler-friendly prep measures that include an expanded high-speed rail transit system, a Gateway Travelcard good for free day-of-event commuting for ticketholders, and a "maintain normal prices" pledge signed by several London tourist attractions.
Many of the Summer Games' 300-plus events (held at over 30 venues) will take place in the usual London hot spots: Wembley soccer, Wimbledon tennis and North Greenwich Arena basketball.
Think US$900 for gymnastics finals tickets and US$1,400 for track and field ceremony day. But fear not. There are still plenty of US$44 badminton preliminary round seats too.
Start at http://www.london2012.com/ and, like a good marathoner, pace yourself.