What is “travel”?

You know, I’ve been thinking about this all weekend.

Why do people travel? The list of reasons is nearly endless. There are things as common as wanting to lie on a white sand beach and as obscure as visiting abandoned cities or taking pictures of rare spiders.

I mostly travel for purely conventional reasons: I love food, I adore music, and people fascinate me. I also love seeing places that are different than America (which is pretty much anywhere outside of America) so that I have the chance to learn how my country has and has not influenced the world. I love exploring and the thrill of finding myself in places that aren’t home.

And then there are the roller coasters.


The very first time I tried to ride a roller coaster, I chickened out and got out of line just as I neared the front. I was with a group of older friends for a birthday at Six Flag Magic Mountain and had queued for Colossus, which at the time was a very big wooden coaster. The group I was with didn’t hassle me about it, but that’s probably why I grew disgusted with myself for turning wuss and immediately jumped on the chance to ride an even MORE daring coaster (again, at the time), The Revolution. I was terrified, but after toughing it out I made it on the train and surprise, surprise!

Guess who became a roller coaster junkie?

A few years ago, I began watching POV roller coaster videos on YouTube. I don’t really remember why, but after having heard of the apparent “Roller Coaster Capital of the World“, I guess I must have felt some kind of an attraction to coasters again. There aren’t a ton of theme parks where I live, and that means some long trips if I get to jones in’ for a ride. And Cedar Point is nearly eight hours from here.


It was so awesome. Truly one of the best weekends of my life. As with my trip to Paris, I can still feel and see every moment of riding Millennium Force, which has to be the greatest roller coaster I’ve ever been on. In fact, I think I rode it at least half a dozen times in the two days I was at Cedar Point.

I heard a couple of weeks ago that the world’s tallest and fastest dive coaster is opening this spring at Canada’s Wonderland, a park outside Toronto owned by the same company that owns Cedar Point. Have you seen it? No? You really should, you know?

Now, in the midst of a year in which I’m trying to cram London, Mexico City and Acapulco, Madrid, Hong Kong, Thailand and a couple of trips to Los Angeles, I’m looking at squeezing in a couple of days to Toronto, too.

I cannot WAIT!


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Hink is an aspiring traveler plotting global domination and looking for the funny.