The best way to explore a new city like a local!
NEW CITY WHO DIS?
As a slow traveller I love making connections to the places I visit. A rushed itinerary that jumps from place to place over a couple of days is just not my style. I love staying in one location for at least 2 weeks & being able to soak up the entire atmosphere without feeling the pressure of having to get to the next place. Slow travel has lots of positives, however there is one negative I have found. Being all consumed with one location doesn’t leave much time to plan for the next. So to overcome this issue, I’ve found a really fun & interesting way to discover a new city or location like a local; with little to no research required! It is creative tourism at its finest.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF GEOCACHING
You may be wondering; what is geocaching? Well let me explain. Geocaching is a world wide game of hide & seek, that was first played in the year 2000. It is run by a community of avid Geocachers who hide container or “caches”. They then upload their locations to the Geocaching app using GPS coordinates, navigational pointers & location hints.
The physical appearance of a Geocache can range from a micro magnetic cylinder to Tupperware containers with trinkets inside, to webcam caches & even intricate handmade puzzles. You can purchase official caches from the Geocaching website plus other materials or you can simply make your own.
Keeping track of the caches you find is made simple through the app. All users make up a username which is then used as a confirmation signature when finding the cache. Most Geocaches have some paper inside them for members to write their usernames on. You then go into the app & log the cache. There is also an option for unfound caches which is particularly useful for the owner of the cache because its an indication of whether someone may have stolen it or if maintenance has to be done on the location.
GEOCACHING IS CREATIVE TOURISM
Geocaches can be found all over the globe. From shipwrecks in the ocean to forests on hiking tails. As you can see this makes for a perfect opportunity to explore new areas. On top of this, the original poster of the Geocache usually puts a detailed description of the place where the cache can be found. This description includes but is not limited to; historical or cultural significances of the location, stories, local tips, information about the area & even local advice.
During my time in Kuala Lumpur I found over 20 geocaches. Each cache I found had a detailed description about the location that I probably wouldn’t have known about prior. The thrill of hunt lead me all over the city & to places I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Finding Geocaches really made my trip to Kuala Lumpur interesting, especially if I wanted to fill a few gaps in my itinerary.
Geocaching is a creative approach to tourism & is suitable for all ages. It is an easy way to explore a new city or country & its totally free (there is a paid subscription but the free version is completely fine…unless you become addicted & you are on a life mission to find all of them!) I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the hunt & I endeavor to find more geocaches throughout my travels. If you aren’t traveling, finding caches in your own town could lead you to observe the place you live from a new perspective. Happy hunting!