I agree that it is a great stress reliever. Although I like 'normal' vacations from time to time, I am all about the adrenaline rush you get from roller coasters. Very little of my friends share the same addiction, which would explain why often I go to amusement parks alone. I do like the fact that my sister's husband is a coaster fanatic too. Not as much as me, he stays local. But he loves the thrill though. I am all about airtime on roller coasters. Can not stand a boring ride and I am not big on these new gimmicks. Although some are some pretty good gimmicks, the majority of my favorite rides were invented in the late 90s to early 2000. I can never get enough of my homepark, but there comes a time where I want to experience something else too. Being in Europe for a couple of years allowed me to explore more and the Europeans have some awesome coasters too. Many that rival and in some cases surpass their American like counterpart. It can be an expensive addiction, but a regular vacation is expensive too. Better to spend money on something I love as opposed to something I will only 'like'.