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Geocaching + Traveling = TravelCaching

A Scavenger Hunt Around the World!

We love combining a our hobby of Geocaching with our travels — not only is it fun, but it adds adventure to our sightseeing and gives us different experiences along the way. We call it, #TravelCaching.

What is Geocaching?

If you have never heard of it, Geocaching is basically a scavenger hunt game that you can play all over the world! While it’s fun to play the game on the road, you can also play the game at home too — taking the family out for a mini-adventure, or just enjoying a nice day in your hometown.

The great thing about Geocaching is that it is an inexpensive activity. Imagine if you combine the Amazing Race with the movie National Treasure…only YOU get to play & see some pretty cool new places!

Curious?

To learn more about Geocaching and how to play, check out our Geocaching 101 section (below).

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FAQs

Find answers to common questions about Geocaching.

Geocaching 101

Learn more about what geocaching is and how to play.

Geocaching Stories

Read stories about our experiences geocaching during our travels.

Geocaching FAQs

How does Geocaching work?

Geocaching is a GPS based game. “Caches” are hidden around the world and the GPS coordinates are used to enter it into the Geocaching system. 

When users create an account on Geocaching.com, then they are able to open the app or website and search for nearby Geocaches that may be hidden.

Using a GPS unit (or even modern SmartPhones) players can search for clues and follow the compass to the GPS coordinates and find the geocache.

How to start Geocaching?

It’s super easy to get started Geocaching! You just need to go to the Geocaching website and create a free account. 

Then you can use a GPS or SmartPhone to start playing the game!

** Note: there is also an upgraded paid version of the account, if you want to access more Geocaches.

When did Geocaching start?

Back in May of 2020 Matt Stum created a “GPS Stash Hunt” where he hid some items and sent emails to people with GPS coordinates.

To play off the word “geo” for Earth and “cache” to describe a collection of items that are stored in a place (usually hidden) – the name Geocaching came about.

What are "muggles" in Geocaching?

To play off the meaning of the word in the Harry Potter books, the word “muggles” is used to describe non-geocachers. 

For example: “When searching for a geocache try not to attract the attention of the muggles nearby.”

For more information about words like this, check out our glossary of geocaching terms post!

What do you find in a Geocache?

It depends. People can technically hide whatever they want in a geocache. Most usually you will find a log book and a few trinkets, because some people like to trade.

** For more details, check out our complete post about What’s Inside a Geocache.

What does a Geocache look like?

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes…and some of them you can’t even touch because they are virtual!

They could be tiny little magnets under a bench, they could be hanging in a tree. They could be a tupperware container in a hole…or a giant trunk in someone’s backyard (yeah, we’ve found that before!).

** For more details and lots more cool examples and pictures, check out our complete post What Does a Geocache Look Like.

Geocaching 101

What is Geocaching?  Geocaching is a real-world scavenger hunt game where people use handheld GPS devices (or a smartphone) to search for a “cache” that has been hidden.

There are more than 2 MILLION Geocaches hidden all over the world. So you can play nearly anywhere…at any time. Everyone plays the game differently, but for us, it’s all about the adventure that it takes us on.

Wanna Learn How to Play?

We’ve compiled a Geocaching 101 series of posts to explain to you more about how the game works, and how you can get started.

So go ahead…indulge your curiosity!

 

Geocaching Stories & Blog Posts

Geocaching 101:  Geocaching Glossary of Terms

Geocaching 101: Geocaching Glossary of Terms

When we started to get into our hobby of Geocaching, we began seeing Geocaching terms and Geocaching acronyms that we weren't familiar with.  It took us some time to realize what they meant.  So to help you explore the fun world of Geocaching, we pulled...

What Does a Geocache Look Like?

What Does a Geocache Look Like?

When someone wants to know more about geocaching, one of the first questions is typical "What does a geocache look like?"  But the answer is not as simple as one would think.  For starters, hiding a geocache is all about creativity.  Being creative is...

Geocaching 101:  What Types of Geocaches are there?

Geocaching 101: What Types of Geocaches are there?

The game of geocaching isn't only searching for tupperware in the woods & signing a piece of paper.  While there are caches like this, there are also several other types of geocaches, which enhances the fun of the game.  Some geocaches may have you go to...

Geocaching in Hong Kong with FREE City Wifi

Geocaching in Hong Kong with FREE City Wifi

There's no doubt that Geocaching in Hong Kong can be filled with adventure. You will find that other countries in Asia (like Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and even mainland China) just don’t have many geocaches to go after.  Perhaps Geocaching hasn't...

Geocaching Supplies for the Beginner Geocacher

Geocaching Supplies for the Beginner Geocacher

We were all beginners at some point and knowing what Geocaching supplies you need to start can be tough.  To those who are just getting into geocaching, it can be quite exciting venturing into this new world.  However, expert cachers know that it's not...

Geocache Talk with Peanuts or Pretzels

Geocache Talk with Peanuts or Pretzels

We were so excited to be asked back on the Geocache Talk Podcast Show.  Liz and I have been so busy working and traveling for work that it was great to sit down and catch up with Gary and Jesse.  We got to share some of our Geocaching Stories from some of...

Geocaching 101:  What do I need to go Geocaching?

Geocaching 101: What do I need to go Geocaching?

The great thing about Geocaching is that anyone can do it, and they can be found just about anywhere, but you may ask yourself what do I need to get started geocaching?  Whether you prefer to explore a city or go hiking on a trail out in the woods, there are...

What is Geocaching? A Treasure Hunt Around the World

What is Geocaching? A Treasure Hunt Around the World

What is Geocaching?  Well, do you enjoy playing games?  How about solving puzzles?  Do you like watching the Amazing Race or movies like Indiana Jones or National Treasure?  If so, then check out the coolest game you have probably never heard...

A Unique Geocaching Adventure in Sukhothai, Thailand

A Unique Geocaching Adventure in Sukhothai, Thailand

Geocaching in Sukhothai, Thailand is one Geocaching adventure that we will never forget.  We had been living in Chiang Mai for quite some time and needed to get down to Bangkok to catch a flight.  But we had plenty of time in our itinerary, so Liz mentioned...

Geocaching 101:  What is in a Geocache?  Treasure?

Geocaching 101: What is in a Geocache? Treasure?

When we start explaining geocaching to someone, the first question they ask is ‘What's in a geocache? Treasure?’  This is a tough question to answer.  Depending on your age and personal interests, it could be either “Yes or No.”  So we will do our best...

Best Geocaching Road Trip Apps

Best Geocaching Road Trip Apps

Who doesn't love good Geocaching road trip apps?  One of the things we love and why we go Geocaching is that it can turn a road trip into a fun adventure.  In fact, we found our first Geocache together during a road trip -- and we were hooked ever since....

Geocaching Bag:  Must Haves for Your Next Adventure

Geocaching Bag: Must Haves for Your Next Adventure

We have found that geocaching goes well with our outdoor activities.  Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it's essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs.  We have found that our Mountainsmith Tour TLS...

A Magical FTF Geocaching Adventure at Disneyland Hong Kong

A Magical FTF Geocaching Adventure at Disneyland Hong Kong

Imagine our surprise when a fun trip to Disneyland Hong Kong turns into a day finding multiple caches...including a completely unexpected FTF!  Our Geocaching adventure at Disneyland Hong Kong was one that was unexpected.  As you usually do not find...

Geocaching 101:  Getting Started with Profile & App

Geocaching 101: Getting Started with Profile & App

Whenever we describe the hobby of geocaching to people we get asked the same question, ‘How Do You Get Started Geocaching?’ and it always starts the same, download the geocaching app. So we decided to put together a few beginner steps to help curious adventure...

Geocaching Events: What Is A Mega Event?

Geocaching Events: What Is A Mega Event?

One of the many aspects we love about Geocaching is the community of cachers and Geocaching Events. Geocaching Events are a great way for geocachers from all over the world to get together for a long weekend filled with stories and adventures.  Besides meeting...

Finally!! Geocaching FTF Adventure – Macau, China

Finally!! Geocaching FTF Adventure – Macau, China

Setting out on our around the world journey we had made many personal goals that we wanted to accomplish while living & traveling abroad. One of our goals was to go on an FTF Geocaching Adventure.  Some were simple, like witnessing a sporting event in a...

Why Go Geocaching?

Why Go Geocaching?

Why go Geocaching?  We have been asked this more than once.  There are so many great things about geocaching that attract us to this outdoor hobby that we have listed it out for you. Our First Geocaching EXPERIENCE Our first geocaching experience was during...

Oldest Active Geocache in the World – Mingo, Kansas

Oldest Active Geocache in the World – Mingo, Kansas

Windows rolled down and the breeze hitting your face as you cruise down the interstate and on the way to the oldest active geocache. Music on the radio turned up high and singing those road trip songs that you only sing when you have been in the car for over 5 hours....

Geocaching Supplies for Winter Geocaching

Geocaching Supplies for Winter Geocaching

Unlike the NFL or NBA, Geocaching doesn't have an off-season and you will need geocaching supplies to go geocaching in the winter.  You can go geocaching 365 days a year, and every 4 years you can go for 366 days. Rain or shine, hot or cold...you can always go...

Geocaching 101:  What is a Geocaching Trackable?

Geocaching 101: What is a Geocaching Trackable?

One aspect that we enjoy about Geocaching around the world is Geocaching Trackables.  Geocaching Trackables are tags or coins with a code on it that you can log and track your miles as it travels from cache to cache.  It's fun to send them out into the world...

Why Pokemon Go Sucks for Travel (and the Tourism Industry)

Why Pokemon Go Sucks for Travel (and the Tourism Industry)

By now, most people are aware of how Pokemon Go is sweeping the globe.  It seems inescapable.  Everywhere you turn you see people running around while staring at their phones and frantically tapping and swiping with their fingers.  Even when you turn on the TV or the...

An Adventure Book Your Kids Will Love:  Eclair Goes Geocaching

An Adventure Book Your Kids Will Love: Eclair Goes Geocaching

Would you like for your kids to get outside more? Indulging their curiosity?  Inspiring their imaginations?  Keeping them healthy?  Then you should definitely introduce them to Geocaching!  But sometimes explaining things to your kids can go in one ear and out the...

Geocaching Resolutions to Keep for the New Year

Geocaching Resolutions to Keep for the New Year

As the year draws to a close and a new year is on the horizon, it's common for many of us to look back on our experiences and look forward to the new adventures that await.  One of the coolest things about being a Geocacher is that we have the opportunity to have some...

Geocaching the Historic Portuguese Walking Tour in Macau

Geocaching the Historic Portuguese Walking Tour in Macau

When you hear the name Macau, many of you will instantly think of money and casinos. In fact, this is what I first thought about when we were on our way to the 11 square mile peninsula / island in South China. But little did I know, there is so much more to do in...

#AdventureCaching Guest Post:  A Mother’s Day Geocaching Tale

#AdventureCaching Guest Post: A Mother’s Day Geocaching Tale

GC38P7T - Paved Trail #6 - Murfreesboro, TN Guest Post by:  Amber, The Ginger Geocacher (Thegingergeocacher) Mother’s Day 2014 started like any other Mother’s Day with my husband wishing me a happy Mother’s Day.  We were staying with his grandparents for the weekend...

Save Money on Your Next Vacation, With Geocaching #TravelCaching

Save Money on Your Next Vacation, With Geocaching #TravelCaching

We love travel and we love to save money on vacation.  And of course we love exploring all the different destinations that we visit.  Whether we are road tripping it across the USA, hanging out in Seattle for a weekend, or traveling to Dublin or even...

Geocaching China with 1 Billion Muggles

Geocaching China with 1 Billion Muggles

Liz and I are having a bit of a dry spell when it comes to Geocaching since we arrived in China over two months ago.  For starters, we have been extremely busy getting settled into a new job, apartment, and adjusting to a new culture.  China has been different than...

10 Geocaching Resolutions to Keep

10 Geocaching Resolutions to Keep

The New Year is upon us, which means new Geocaching Resolutions.  As Geocachers, we love setting goals for ourselves and improving our stats.  So we've put together some ideas for Geocaching Resolutions to keep for the upcoming year.  If you have already accomplished...

Geocaching Podcast:  GeoGearHeads (GGH 154:  Caching Nomads I)

Geocaching Podcast: GeoGearHeads (GGH 154: Caching Nomads I)

Recently we caught up again with our friends DarrylW4 and TheBadCop from the popular GeoGearHeads Podcast.  We joined the live broadcast was from our apartment here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  During this live segment, we shared some of our Geocaching stories from the...

Geocaching Gifts for the Geocachers in your Family

Geocaching Gifts for the Geocachers in your Family

It's that time of year for gift giving!  Are you having a tough time deciding what to get the geocacher in your life?  Well with the help of our friends at Cache Advance, we have come up with 7 great gifts that geocachers will love, regardless...

Best Geocaching Adventures of 2014 – Peanuts or Pretzels

  This year marks the fourth year that Liz and I have been geocaching.  And we have to say, this year has been the best yet. Geocaching has taken us to so many awesome places during our travels and created some pretty great memories, especially since we've...

Video: Geocaching in New Zealand (South Island)

Video: Geocaching in New Zealand (South Island)

Geocaching around the South Island of New Zealand was one of the best caching experiences we have had while traveling the world. The scenery around every corner left us speechless! We rented a RV, that we named "Bessie," which gave us the most freedom to explore on...

Geocaching in Bangkok Thailand

Geocaching in Bangkok Thailand

Have you ever been Geocaching in Bangkok, Thailand? Well, if you are planning a trip to Thailand and want to visit Bangkok, Geocaching is a fun way to add a bit of fun to your visit.  Come around with us as we take you on a Geocaching adventure through Bangkok,...

Our Favorite EarthCaches from Around the World (Geocaching)

Our Favorite EarthCaches from Around the World (Geocaching)

Sometimes, Geocaching is not all about signing a log or trading swag.  Sometimes it's about introducing you to cool scientific landscapes.  This form of Geocaching is called EarthCaches.  We enjoy discovering EarthCaches because it teaches about our home landscapes,...

Geocaching During a Layover – Sydney, Australia

Geocaching During a Layover – Sydney, Australia

Liz and I always try to get the most out of our travel experiences, including layovers.   And recently we had a flight from Singapore to New Zealand that included a stop through Sydney, Australia with a 9 hour layover.  Normally we wouldn't want to have a 9 hour...

Vlogging at the Geocaching Block Party 2014 – Seattle, WA

Vlogging at the Geocaching Block Party 2014 – Seattle, WA

http://youtu.be/NC4JCNNPuLU For years now we have wanted to experience the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle. With so many of our geocaching friends visiting the Seattle area and HQ, boasting about the great time they had, we could no longer pass up making a trip out...

Taking Dad Geocaching for the 1st time – Stanley, Idaho

Taking Dad Geocaching for the 1st time – Stanley, Idaho

At the start of our around the world trip, we made a stop to visit with Liz’s family in Idaho. They are big RV'ers and wanted to take us for a weekend up to Stanley, Idaho and to Red Fish Lake. Liz and her family have been coming to this part of the country for years...

Geocaching Around the World:  Our Top 10 Destinations to Discover

Geocaching Around the World: Our Top 10 Destinations to Discover

  As Geocachers we are always looking for adventure and the next great cache.  As Liz and I set out on our round the world journey, we have come up with a list of places and caches that we want to discover along the way.  We know that as time goes on we will be adding...

5 Tips to Go Geocaching Internationally

5 Tips to Go Geocaching Internationally

We really enjoy Geocaching during our international travels because it gives us a unique adventure.  But there are a few things that you need to think about when you are planning to go geocaching while on vacation / holiday.  We learned these lessons the hard way on...

A Geocaching Resort – Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA

A Geocaching Resort – Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA

What if I told you that there was a resort that catered to Geocachers from all over the world, would you be interested to hear more?  A resort for Geocachers?  Yes!  There is a place that has over 40 caches hidden within 6,500 acres located just 1 hour from Atlanta,...

Geocaching FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA

Geocaching FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA

As some of you may know, we love our Georgia State Parks GeoTour.  It has given us purpose to get outside and explore our beautiful state parks.  Growing up near Pine Mountain, GA my friends and I loved to venture into FDR State Park for exploring the mountain views...

Maker Madness Geocaching Event (The Waysider’s Way!)

Maker Madness Geocaching Event (The Waysider’s Way!)

  During the week of March 28 - April 7, 2014 Geocaching promoted community events directed toward those who find enjoyment through hiding Geocaches.  There were several events held all over the world in hopes of teaching more about the art of hiding geocaches, as...

Geocaching on the Blue Ridge Parkway – Asheville, NC

Geocaching on the Blue Ridge Parkway – Asheville, NC

Who doesn’t love a good road trip?  Especially when it is a beautiful drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC.  Liz and I had recently received our new Garmin GPSMAP 64 and wanted to put it to the test on the hiking trails off the Parkway.  The weather...

“Going Caching 2013” Geocaching Mega Event – A.C.E. Challenge

“Going Caching 2013” Geocaching Mega Event – A.C.E. Challenge

As some of you know by now, Liz and I are always up for a little adventure.  And that's just what we got while attending the "Going Caching 2013" Geocaching Mega Event this past October.  The event was held at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA, and we couldn't have...

Geocaching Idaho’s most Favored Geocache

Geocaching Idaho’s most Favored Geocache

When Liz and I plan our travels we always look for ways to discover the local flair through the treasure hunting game of Geocaching.  The first thing we do is pull up the most favored caches in the area, at Geocaching.com.  On a recent trip to Idaho, we were excited...

Geocaching in Central Park – New York City

Geocaching in Central Park – New York City

During a recent trip to New York City, it was a given that we would visit the iconic Central Park.  Being geocachers, we also knew that Central Park is known for some creative and beautiful caches!  To top it off, we were visiting during the winter and a snowfall had...

Adventure Driving in Mexico – the Yucatan Peninsula

Adventure Driving in Mexico – the Yucatan Peninsula

“Is it safe?”  That’s what all of our friends and family asked us when we told them that we were planning a trip to Mexico that included driving in Mexico around the Yucatan Peninsula for our 1 year anniversary.  With so many people questioning us, even Josh...

Do you love listening to cool stories about geocaching around the world?  Take a listen to our first geocaching podcast!  We were excited to interview with James & Ken on Blog Talk Radio during the Going Caching Mega Event in Pine Mountain, GA.  We had a great...

Geocaching Cambodia – Elephant Angkor (Angkor Wat)

Geocaching Cambodia – Elephant Angkor (Angkor Wat)

Breakfast & Geocaching Planning While exploring the vast temples of Angkor Wat, we wanted to make sure to do a bit of geocaching in Cambodia.  After exploring the main temple in the early morning darkness and watching the sunrise over the temple, we decided to...

Geocaching Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA – Just a Walk in the Park

Geocaching Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA – Just a Walk in the Park

One of the great things about geocaching is that it always gives you a reason to get out and explore, especially geocaching in Atlanta, GA.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning, way too nice to be sitting inside. And one of our favorite places to visit on a Saturday...

Geocaching Road Trip in the Florida Keys

Geocaching Road Trip in the Florida Keys

Last October Liz and I decided to get married in a non-traditional way and have a long weekend party in Key West, FL.  We flew to Miami and drove the rest of the way down to Key West.  This is one of the best drives in the world; crossing over bridges that connect Key...

How to Visit Seattle During a Layover

How to Visit Seattle During a Layover

We always try to make the most out of traveling & get the most for our money.  So on our way from Atlanta to Asia for a 10-day adventure, we booked separate tickets & made a stopover for a night in Seattle (saving over $1500 on airfare).  We figured it would...

What is an EarthCache?  A Geocache with a View

What is an EarthCache? A Geocache with a View

One of the reasons that we enjoy geocaching is that it can educate you on local history, science, architecture, and natural landscapes.  There are actually several different types of geocaches that you can discover, but one of our favorite types geocaches are...

“Borrowing” WiFi to go Geocaching in Edinburgh – Scotland

“Borrowing” WiFi to go Geocaching in Edinburgh – Scotland

When visiting the amazing country of Scotland, we started our journey off in Edinburgh.  We were really looking forward to exploring The Royal Mile in Old Town and what else Edinburgh had to offer.  Before acquiring our Garmin GPS handheld we would, and still do, use...

Geocaching in Thailand – Railay Beach

Geocaching in Thailand – Railay Beach

Locating a cool geocache in Thailand isn't too hard because they are everywhere; and you are on vacation in Thailand, so that's already pretty awesome!  The toughest part was deciding where we wanted to find our first in Thailand.  When we arrived in the...

Geocaching While Cruising the High Seas

Geocaching While Cruising the High Seas

Typically, people either like geocaching while cruising...or they don’t.  Liz and I are on the fence though about it.  While we love backpacking and going on our own, we also enjoy the carefree ways of cruising.  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and...

Geocaching while sightseeing in Dublin, Ireland

Geocaching while sightseeing in Dublin, Ireland

Our a previous venture to Europe we explored the beautiful country of Ireland, and we were so excited to finally get to explore this amazing place.  When planning our trip to Ireland, we knew we would be starting out in Dublin and mapped out our plan for...

Geocaching on the Abe Lincoln Parkway, Kentucky

Geocaching on the Abe Lincoln Parkway, Kentucky

To us, the best part of any road trip is getting off the main path and driving the scenic back roads to get to the destination. So when Liz and I decided to go on a road trip to Indiana for a geocaching event, we jumped at the opportunity to drive some of Kentucky's...

Geocaching Cambodia – Angkor Wat (Temple of Butterflies)

Geocaching Cambodia – Angkor Wat (Temple of Butterflies)

A Geocache Off the Tourist Path Angkor Wat can be very overwhelming at times.  The shear size and the amount of people will surprise you at first.  We were temple hopping and knew that there were a hand full of Geocaches around the temples.  We saw that there was a...

Geocaching Scotland – Scottish Highlands

Geocaching Scotland – Scottish Highlands

After a long exciting day driving along the backcountry roads in Northern Scotland, we finally arrived at the small town of Ballachulish and the Ballachulish Hotel.  This extremely small town in northern Scotland felt like it had a population of 100 people. ...

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