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Geocaching

In geocaching the locations of the caches are marked in the Internet, and the caches to be searched for are located in a real environment. In addition to searching caches, geocachers can add themselves caches to the Internet. The www.geocaching.com site serves as the official site of geocachers and as a game platform. On the Finnish language geocaching site www.geocache.fi there are good links and instructions which help you to quickly enter the world of geocaching. The Swedish language geocaching site is available in the address www.geocache.se.

Geocaching requires that you have an Internet connection and log to a geocaching site. A GPS makes geocaching easier but it is not absolutely necessary. There are different kinds of caches of various sizes, but usually the cache is a small plastic box, which contains a geocache log sheet, logbook and possibly small treasures. After finding the cache the geocacher returns to the geocaching site and shares his/her experiences with others.

 

Geocaching and tourism

Landscapes, activities, experiences and events form the attraction factors in tourism. Geocaching can be regarded as an adventure, as a way to find new places and gather experiences. In geocaching technology combines with exercise outdoors and it offers the traveller both information and experiences. Accessibility is one of the positive sides of geocaching: anybody with a computer and an Internet connection can log to a geocaching site and start geocaching. A GPS is an essential part of geocaching but many caches can be found also with the help of a map. The web pages of the cache may include information on the history of the location, environmental change, culture, biological population and memories related to the cache.

 

Geocaching as a part of welfare and nature tourism

Geocaching can be regarded as physical exercise, as an exciting and challenging play and as a hobby which enhances wellbeing. An active tourist seeking for excitement and adventures can find suitably difficult caches in challenging terrains on the geocaching site. Caches have been hidden e.g. in caves, on islands and islets and even to underwater locations the reaching of which requires use of auxiliary devices. At the same time, the searching of caches brings new kind of meaning to tourism when compared with traditional adventure and nature excursions.

 

Geocaching resembles ecotourism in the sense that the aim is to respect nature, avoid littering and maintain the caches in good condition. There are a lot of caches hidden in landscapes which interest nature tourists. With the help of geocaching, the traveller interested in nature can get to know the caches and plan the trip in advance.

 

Tourist routes can also be regarded as attraction factors and travelling itself as something that brings about a tourism experience. Some tourists want to reach their destinations as quickly as possible, and they choose a road that leads directly to the destination. The travellers who enjoy being on the move choose a road with lots of attractions, services and individual places to visit, where they can stop for a while. In this way the road itself and its environment can be called as a destination and a tourist route.

 

Sources e.g.: Naskali, Tiia. Geokätköily -harrastus uusien matkakokemusten ja elämysten tuottajana Pohjanlahden rantatiellä. 2010. Unpublished. Further information: www.geocaching.com, www.geocache.fi, www.geocaching.se.