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What Is Geocaching And Can I Do It In The UK?

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What Is Geocaching And Can I Do It In The UK?

I’m sure we’re all familiar with participating in a classic treasure hunt, or even better, an Easter egg hunt.

Now think bigger and with technology involved and you’re getting to grips with the basics of geocaching.

Geocaching is a global game which has recently risen in popularity because of TikTok.

It is a recreational outdoor activity which involves using a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find and hide containers, also known as caches.

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Users can register online to play, and search for caches using specific real-world coordinates. Once they’ve located the cache and logged it online, they can put back the cache for other users to find.

The caches range in size, with some like ‘large reusable containers,’ while others are much smaller, being compared to the size of a fingernail! Objects inside caches often include ornaments, keychains, booklets and miniature ornaments, but more expensive items are not allowed due to the risk of damage.

So, if you’re in it for the adventure and not the potential for valuables, this might be the new hobby for you! 

According to National Geographic, the hobby was first coined geostashing in 2000, and originated in Oregon in the US.

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It was first intended as a modern alternative to letterboxing, which used letters and booklets to communicate clues instead of GPS technology.

Although the hobby originates from America, influencers have taken to TikTok to prove that it has made its way across the sea to Britain.

TikToker, Josh Hull, took to the platform with a short clip showing just how many caches are waiting to be found in Leeds alone. 

Users can also check on how many caches are waiting to be found by visiting the Geocaching website, which displays a tempting number designed to have you out and about.

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National Geographic has recognised that geocaching has the potential to be a force for good.

It gets people out exploring the great outdoors, and encourages tourists to explore new areas.

Although some national parks and protected sites do not allow geocaching, the hobby still has the potential to help find your next best dog walk to mix up your daily routine.

The hobby can also be combined with litter-picking to improve the local environment, and proves a cheap way to have fun this summer.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok / @hullsome

Topics: TikTok, Technology

Flossie Palmer
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