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Geocaching and Traveling

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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!

  1. RDog1200
    RDog120011-14-2011

    Geocaching while traveling is about the only time do it these days. I use my iPhone so I can do it on the spur of the moment. It is a nice way to streach your legs at rest stops, kill time while your wife is in the Cracker Barrell, and do a little exploring around the motel. It’s now fun to collect the souvenir for each state you are in.

  2. Alan Bates (YogiABB)
    Alan Bates (YogiABB)11-14-2011

    Most of my geocaching is now done when I travel on business. I go to Wichita, KS, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and always take my gps. Better than hanging out in the room watching tv or the hotel bar. I get out and explore. Even when I don’t have a car there is almost always a cache nearby.

    YogiABB

  3. Kara
    Kara11-15-2011

    We’re fairly new to geocaching (45 finds) but so far we’ve only ever used my Android phone to geocache with. I use a free ap called c:geo. For the most part it works wonderfully. I like the map it has of the local area, and I can log my visit with it, and read hints, etc too. My main frustration is that we can’t use it if we don’t have a really good phone signal. We’ve been out camping and had a good enough signal to make a call, but not be able to geocache. I think we’ll eventually invest in a real GPS unit.

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