Welcoming the Universal Orlando Blog Squad

Welcoming the Universal Orlando Blog Squad

Travel experts join the Universal Orlando Resort family.

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They’re travel experts. They’re foodies. They scale mountains, swim the depths of the ocean, and taste every exotic delicacy and they live to tell the tales.

We searched the world for fun, adventurous storytellers who know how to “vacation like they mean it.” We’re giving them an insider’s deep-dive look at the destination and empowering them with our story in order to give you a professional travel junkie’s take on Universal Orlando Resort.

They are: the Universal Orlando Blog Squad.

We’re excited to partner with this award-winning, high-mileage group of writers. You can look for their travel tips, theme park tricks, food reviews and more in the months to come—right here on the Universal Orlando blog.

Join us in welcoming them to the Universal Orlando family. Let’s meet the #UORBlogSquad!

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Eric Stoen, Travel Babbo
Current Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Photo: Stumbling upon a cultural performance in Rongjiang, China

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

1) Duct tape since it’s good for everything. 2) A piano or guitar since I’ve always wanted to learn to play an instrument and being stranded would be a great time to learn. 3) A Kindle with a solar charger, loaded up with hundreds of books. Being stranded doesn’t seem so bad if I’d be able to read.

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Cailin O’Neil, Travel Yourself
Current Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Photo: Learning how tea is picked at the Nyunjwe Forest Lodge on the Gisakura Tea Plantation in Rwanda

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

A hammock because you can sleep above the ground and also use it for cover, fishing gear so I could fish and eat, and sun tan lotion so I don’t fry. You have to be practical. If I wasn’t being practical, I would say an unlimited supply of fresh fruit so I could eat and stay healthy, a cell phone with an unlimited battery that had cell service and unlimited data so I could Snapchat a day in the life of a person stranded on a deserted island, and a fisherman with all of the fishing equipment to fish for me every day and cook it so I could eat and not die.

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Kristin Luna, Camels & Chocolate
Current Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Photo: Scuba diving in Borneo

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

A Kindle (so I can catch up on my reading list), and my mask/snorkel and fins (so I can make use of my island locale).

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz, Getting Stamped
Current Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photo: Island hopping in the Maldives

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

We would bring: A blanket because Hannah gets cold easy & will protect us from the elements, a pot to boil water, and a machete to cut things… can you tell I have watched too much Naked & Afraid?

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Mary Jo Manzanares, Traveling with MJ
Current Location: Federal Way, WA, USA
Photo: Kayaking in Palawan, Philippines

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

1) My phone (and charger) to keep in contact with the rest of the world, google any problem that might come up, and use the camera to document the adventure. 2) Kindle (and charger) so that I have an endless supply of reading material. 3) Sriracha, because it makes everything taste better and I can’t imagine a life without some spice in it.

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Flávia Peixoto, Viajar é tudo de bom
Current Location: Windermere, FL, USA
Photo: Fernando de Noronha – Brazil

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

My iPhone, it might be helpful if I could find any signal and then ask for help. Inflatable raft with oars to try to find a safe place or someone to help me. And a knife to do everything to survive.

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Alex Baackes, Alex in Wanderland
Current Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Photo: Striking a yoga pose in Belize

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

A hammock to unwind in, a loaded Kindle to get lost in, and a yoga mat to play on!

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Rachelle Lucas, TheTravelBite.com
Current Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Photo: Malta

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

Tough question! Can I take 10 things? How about five? If only three items … a wide brimmed hat, Bullfrog bug spray/sunscreen combo (see how I snuck in an extra there?), and a fully charged satellite phone to call for a rescue.

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Rick Howard, Travel with Rick
Current Location: Vero Beach, FL, USA
Photo: Haleakala Volcano Crater in Maui, Hawaii

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?

* A net – I love sushi

*A knife – I love sushi

*Satellite iPhone – could write the blog post about the sushi place, then call an uber boat and get off the island after dinner

The Universal Orlando Blog Squad is comprised of travel experts who have explored the world and will now share their stories about our Universe.

Kristi Kingston, Undercover Tourist
Current location: Austin, TX, USA
Photo: New York City

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want and why?

An endless supply of sunscreen, music and books. Music and books are nourishment for the mind and soul. As for sunscreen, who wants to get burned?

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