Are you ready to take your family on a real treasure hunt? Not only is it a perfect weekend outing for the family…it’s also a fun way to enjoy a bit of adventure on your next holiday. Geocaching with kids is awesome, practically free and, and there are over 2 million “caches” located all around the world.
What is Geocaching?
Founded in 2000, Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt that uses handheld GPS units or GPS apps for your iPhone or Android. The treasures are containers of all sizes that are usually camouflaged to blend into their surroundings. Some are in busy locations, like Starbucks, while others will take you off the beaten path from the ocean floor to the top of Mount Everest. Check for the difficulty of each cache and terrain ratings on geocaching.com. For example, a “1-star” difficulty and terrain rating is the easiest and a “5-star” rating is the most difficult.
What is a cache?
Inside the cache, there will be a logbook for you to sign and may be filled with treasures, like bouncy balls, matchbox cars, or stickers. Depending on the cache, there may be hundreds of names or just a few who have come before you. The rule is that if you take something from the cache, you need to replace it with something of equal value. So, remember to bring a few small treasures to put in the cache once you find them.
How to go Geocaching?
1. Buy the geocaching app for your iPhone/Android.
2. Go to Geocaching.com and create an account. You can use the free account or buy a premium membership for an annual fee. From here, you can locate all of the caches around you and begin your treasure hunting. Once you get your list of results, look for the teddy bear icon which indicates a “kid-friendly” cache.
Geocaching will add an exciting and child-friendly element to your world travels and even your weekends at home. With caches in over 180 countries worldwide, the adventures are limitless. Happy hunting!
One of the best family activities in the world!
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Hide your own cache but make sure to register the cache with exact coordinates on the www.geocaching.com website.
Geocaches are all over Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and beyond.
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