About the Writer

About Coasting with Culture

Hey there!
My name is Gary Taylor (a.k.a. The Traveling Mr. Taylor). I am a Tour Guide for Tours Northwest in Seattle, as well as a Substitute Teacher in the Edmonds School District of Washington State. I graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Middle Grade Education, which led to my becoming a middle school social studies teacher in Eastern North Carolina. Since then, I lived in the Orlando area for a few years where I worked for Walt Disney World, until I decided to return to my native land in the Pacific Northwest.

Ever since high school, I had a love for traveling to different places. I took various social studies classes with passionate teachers and professors throughout high school and college, which led to my own love of history, geography and culture. I became incredibly fascinated by the stories that have come about from our past. I enjoyed learning about how people from different parts of the world interact with one another, and about how their customs compared to ours. I am always in awe of being in a place of historical significance and reflecting on how the events that took place there shaped the world that we live in.

​​In my travels, I have been to a majority of the United States as well as to nations in Europe and Oceania . I absolutely love meeting people from different places and going to historic sites and tourist attractions. I am still a huge theme park fan as well, so they are often included in my travel plans when possible. I love try local restaurants (pizza places in particular) any chance I get to and will also take in many live shows and sporting events when I have the chance.

One of my favorite hobbies for many years has been visiting theme parks and riding roller coasters. While I had been to a few parks when I was younger, my love for them started back in 1996 when I first visited Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. After my dad and I rode the roller coaster, Raptor, I was hooked!

This new love for theme parks would lead to me spending time working in the industry, working at Cedar Point for two summers while in college, as well as three years as a Walt Disney World Cast Member, working on such classic attractions as the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Carribbean and the Hall of Presidents.

As I got older, I began to take more trips to visit other theme parks across the country, and eventually around the world. At this point, I have visited over 150 different theme parks and venues with coasters in 10 different countries, while riding nearly 600 different coasters. Some of these trips I have taken on my own, but the best were those in which I went with my fellow theme park and coaster enthusiasts, many of whom are still good friends of mine today.

Shortly after graduating from college, my travel interests began to go beyond visiting as many theme parks as possible to include cultural experiences near them, especially after making a point to travel outside of the United States more. For example, back in 2014 my friend Jeff and I met up in Copenhagen a few days before a theme park tour we were both part of began, giving us time to visit Viking Ship Museum of Rodeskilde, explore Christiansborg Palace and sample beer from Visit Carlsberg in Copenhagen.

Taking trips that combine my love of theme parks and roller coasters with my fascination with history and culture has served as inspiration for the creation of Coasting with Culture. Here I hope to share not only my theme park and cultural experiences through my personal trip reports, but to also offer some inspiration to help you with planning your own travels, offering ideas that combine unique experiences with some awesome theme parks.

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. October 2015

With my mom on one of my first rides at Enchanted Village in Washington, USA.
 Summer 1988

The Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico. March 2013

Ridding the Little Dipper at Quassy Amusement Park in Connecticut, USA. July 2011

Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2014

Skipper Gary, working on the World Famous Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. April 2013

Glenwood Canyon in Colorado. March 2015

Thank you for checking out Coasting with Culture. I hope that you will continue to follow the site as it continues to grow, and don't forget to visit CwC's social media pages.
Take Care and Safe Travels!

Sitting on a piece of Bullet at Selva Magica in Mexico with my friend Cliff. 
March 2013