Geocaching and Traveling
I love to go geocaching; I also have to travel a lot for work (day job, running this site doesn’t pay the bills unfortunately), so I get access to a lot more caches than most people do. I have found that geocaching is not only a great way to get out of my hotel room and do something besides work; it is a great way to explore the area that I am visiting!
The corporate office for my day job is in Boston, so I have to travel there quite a bit for meetings, training, etc. I had spent a lot of time in Boston previously, having grown up in Maine – it was the closest “city” to visit. And I thought I knew a lot about it’s history, layout and where things were. But through geocaching I was brought to some amazing locations throughout the city, saw some things that weren’t on the tourist maps and even found a place serving the best clam chowder I’ve ever had!
Another great way to take advantage of traveling, and finding some caches in your spare time while in an unknown area is to use your smart phone. I know that personally I was always forgetting to bring along my GPS when I was packing an overnight bag for a meeting. Not only that, but the thing is kind of bulky (I’m still using a Delorme PN-20) and I can never really just “slip” it into a pocket on my way to a meeting. I have the app from Groundspeak_(owners of geocaching.com) and although it was a little expensive (I think around 10$) I think that it is completely worth it.; my iPhone makes a pretty good geocaching device.
Say I have half an hour between meetings, or even I am walking from my office back to my hotel. With this app – I am able to search for caches and arrange them in order with those coming up first that are closest to me, plan a route to it, read the cache description (and hint if I really get lost) and also log my visit – all from my phone. For a geocaching quickie; there really is no better device than your smart phone. There are a number of different 3rd party apps that can accomplish similar things, we haven’t had a chance to use them all yet – but we encourage you all to do so and let us know what you think of them?
So what about all of you? Do you sneak in any geocaching while traveling for work, or maybe on a family trip where you’re the only one who is “enlightened” to our hobby? Got a great story about geocaching while traveling? We want to hear about it! Leave us a comment below or send us an email and if we like your story enough, maybe we’ll post here on the website!