Using Geocaching to explore new places

Using Geocaching to explore new places

OK, so what is Geocaching? How will using Geocaching to explore new places help me? Well, I shall explain all and show you a real-life example of how I use it to explore new places.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt type of game. From the app, you get a set of coordinates to navigate to a certain place using a GPS device. Depending on the type of geocache you are looking for there may be a small container holding a logbook which you sign to say you have been there. I use my smartphone to look for them.

The app I use is called ‘c:geo’, The website and app can be downloaded here

I have found that Geocaching has taken me to places I would never have seen without it!

Using Geocaching to explore new places

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve never been to Barcelona , surprisingly. It’s one of those places I’ve meant to go and, in this case, just never got around to it. I know a couple of landmarks, the Sagra Familiar and Las Ramblas, but, to emphasize, it’s not a city I know much about. With this in mind, I’ll use the Geocaching map on my phone to have a look at the city.

Using Geocaching to explore new places

Lots of Geocaches! Each icon is a different geocache.

 

Using Geocaching to explore new places
Using Geocaching to explore new places
Using Geocaching to explore new places
Using Geocaching to explore new places
Map of the Sagrada Familia
Click on an Icon, then more details
Tells you about the Geocache
Swipe left for information

 

 

Using Geocaching to explore new places
Using Geocaching to explore new places

Using Geocaching to explore new places 

It gives you a lot of information about the place, in this case, the Sagrada Familia. If you are in a strange city and don’t speak the local language, it can, in fact, be really helpful. 

One of the great things about Using Geocaching to explore new places and the ‘C:Geo’ app, is that you can use offline maps, so even if your phone signal is a bit dodgy or you don’t want to switch your data on, to avoid costs, all the information and map will still be there.

Of course, Geocaching is a lot more than the simplistic view I have given it here but for travel purposes, It’s an extremely useful tool. Used in conjunction with Trover for planning your photos, see the right-hand column, it may be all you need for planning a city break!