The first time I saw a Segway was when Kevin James chased bad guys in "MallCop." He makes it look easy to ride, as do other security officers I've recently noticed traveling on Segways as they race 5 miles an hour down a sidewalk.
Little did I know…Segways are the thing to do while you are on vacation. I only realized this when I started seeing them pop up all over various cities overseas. Apparently it's a great way to 'see' a city. Instead of riding in a closed car, you can rent a segway and travel by foot...I mean.platform…or uh, Segway.
After watching random groups of foreigners pass by on the Segways, I was inspired enough to try it myself.
Let's just say, if you have any sort of balance problems, your time on a Segway will be one not of sightseeing, but of "hang on and don't scream too loud!"
Getting on the Segway is the hardest part. I felt like I wanted to either fall forward or fall backwards. But once I got the hang of it…well…I still felt awkward!
I was on one for 45 minutes.
I was excited, scared, thrilled, frightened. At one point, I was racing, then I was flying, then I was in the grass! The Segways are also controlled by gravity, so when I went uphill, if I wasn't fully engaged in my commitment to getting up that hill, the Segway and the weight of the giant Segway leaning on me, required assistance from anyone nearby. (trust me, this help didn't come without massive amounts of laughter!) (not from me, but from my stranger-helpers!) Meaning, you don't need to rent a Segway to enjoy the humor it provides.
A Segway to sightsee?
My recommendation would be, if you have an hour to practice on a Segway before you actually travel around and see a city, go for it. Otherwise, you'll spend the whole time on the Segway not looking up at the beautiful city, but down, scared to death you're going to hurt yourself or someone else.
Did I have a good time?
YES. When you travel, that is a daily motto: Have a good time, always. See the video attached to this article and if you get on a Segway, send me where you went and how many people watched you and laughed!
Standup comedian, Laurie McDermott, is an award-winning columnist, travel writer and television host. Credits include; "The Bookie Mom," "Living With Jackie," Lifetime's "Mom Comics," the acclaimed radio show at Classic Hits 97FM, "For Lovers Only," and the new hilarious series "Road Mamas." To have Laurie host/perform at your next event, benefit or conference email her at email@example.com.