Travel Writing- Orlando

I recently wrote over 160 travel articles, each 500+ word for cities in the United States.  It was a pretty cool job.  The articles were supposed to be published by December but the company changed their plans- I got paid for my work so I don’t know if the articles will be used in the future or not.  However, I did want to share my sample Orlando article for fun. 🙂

Orlando, Florida is a dream vacation for some of us it offers Amusement Parks, entertainment, shopping, resorts, and more. Orlando is a fun packed city built for the vacationer.

The main attractions to Orlando are theme parks. Started by Walt Disney in the 1960’s the Walt Disney resort includes 4 theme parks, two water parks, 23 themed resort hotels on-site, camping, spas and golfing. Walt Disney World theme parks include Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney water parks include Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.  The newest addition is Legoland a park with rides and life-sized Lego sculptures aimed towards families with 2-12 year olds.  Downtown Disney has free entrance; there are clubs, bars, unique restaurants, galleries, and shopping.  Watch one of the shows including Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and House of Blues venue.

SeaWorld Orlando offers shows that interest all ages featuring the animals of the oceans including the famous Orca whale Shamu. A ticket to SeaWorld will provide access to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay just few hours away.  Sea World has roller coaster rides and water rides. Discovery Cove and Aquatica are Seaworld’s water parks even offering swimming with dolphins.

Universal Studios Orlando has rollercoasters, 3-D and 4-D rides, and Universal’s Islands of Adventures with rollercoasters, water rides and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all ages will find entertainment here. City Walk links the two parks with restaurants, bars, games, entertainment- including Blue Man Group, Hard Rock Café Live and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. City Walk has a great nightlife. Universal Studios also offers a themed resort area with several themed hotels. CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort is one of the resorts with Universal and is also a water park.

There are 100’s of hotels in the resort areas around Disney World and Universal Studios. The main road between the two resort areas is International Drive offering hotels, outlet shopping, cinemas, mini golf, iFly Orlando- simulated skydiving, Fun Spot America, a pay by ride park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, WonderWorks interactive museum, festive dining, dinner shows and nightlife.  Dining on I-Drive includes Dinner Shows such as Medieval Times. More dinner shows in the resort areas include Arabian Nights. When you need to cool down from the heat I-Drive offers its own water park called Wet’n Wild with great rides including the Disco H20.

More popular attractions in Orlando include Gatorland, several ziplining courses, Brevard Zoo and Harry P Leu Botanical Gardens.  Downtown Orlando offers pleasant walking at Lake Eola, restaurants, bars, cigar shops and galleries.  Downtown’s nightlife scene offers a variety of clubs and venues.  If art galleries and fine dining is your interest take a trip to the posh area of Park Avenue in Winter Park including a visit to the Morse gallery.  Cocoa, New Smyrna and Daytona beaches are an hour away and Tampa is two hours. No matter what your interests Orlando provides a magical experience for all ages and families.


Resort Accommodations

Resorts are great options to stay at while travelling.  Whether your vacation is business, family or romantic resorts offer amenities, activities, dining and much more to make a complete getaway. Resorts often provide enough entertainment for a vacation that you may not want to leave the premises.

There are many wonderful large name chain resorts and local resorts all over the country especially in popular skiing and beach areas. Resorts offer rooms in the main hotel building and condos or villas as separate structures. Some resorts have a range of basic hotel rooms, private suites, condominiums and executive suites.

Accommodations range from single room suites to three, four bedroom suites with a variety of bedding options.  Bedding options can range from all double beds to several queen and king beds.  Often resorts will show their various floor plans on their websites. Accommodations in resorts usually make a sort of private-like premises for the guests that make it its own vacation. The accommodations will also vary based upon the location and areas activities of your trip. Most resorts are decorated with sleek, luxurious modern décor.

Every resort is different. Beach resorts offer balconies to sit on and enjoy the ocean view. City resorts offer full-length windows to show off the skyline. Many resorts offer casinos, club, bar and dancing, several pools, waterparks, and on beach water activities.

Many resorts have a variety of amenities including daily newspaper, room service from their bars and restaurants, Wi-Fi, in-room stocked refrigerators, to and from shuttle airports, TV’s, kitchen areas, business rooms, spas, new work out rooms and great pools.  Resorts offer dining options from swanky bars, casual dining, fine-dining restaurants and poolside cafes. Some resorts offer transportation and tickets to surrounding attractions. Some resorts, like the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico have rooms and suites; as well as, casino, club, bars, dining, fishing, hiking, winter time skiing, horseback riding, shopping, a lake and pool.  Like many resorts, Inn of the Mountain Gods offers incentives for vacationers to stay there including a Golf Getaway deal, and several transportation offers. Disney resorts offer great stay and activity packages in all budgets. Destination Hotels & Resorts offer the finest luxury accommodations.

Today eco-resorts are growing in popularity.  Eco-resorts provide vacations with a lighter footprint. Some eco-resorts are environmentally minded buildings and some are electric powered platform camping; every eco-resort has its own personality.  The best American eco-resorts include The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Love Lava Land, Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa, Inn By the Sea and The Gaia Napa Valley Hotel.