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We recently released 6 shiny new Geocaching Souvenirs for Greece, Mexico, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, and Italy.

In case any of these countries are still on your bucket list (or if you’re planning a return trip) check out this pocket dictionary of common phrases used in Geocaching. They’re perfect for starting or ending a fantastic log entry.

6 Souvenirs that could be added to your profile, if you’ve found geocaches in any of these countries.

 

 

 Brazil (Portuguese)

This statue of Frederico Engel can be found at  GC3FMPF

This statue of Frederico Engel can be found at GC3FMPF

Take a virtual vacation and tour of some of Brazil’s best geocaches.

Obrigado pela Cache
(Thanks for the cache)

Encontrada
(Found)

Boa aventura
(Good adventure)

A minha primeira cache
(My first cache)

 

Belgium (Dutch, French, German)

Here you'll find GC1EG4C, also known as "Atomium".

Here you’ll find GC1EG4C, also known as “Atomium”.

Check out one of Belgium’s most-favorited geocaches.

Bedankt voor de cache
(Dutch – Thanks for the cache)

Merci pour la cache
(French – Thanks for the cache)

Danke für den Cache
(German – Thanks for the cache)

Trouvé notre première cache en Belgique
(French – Found our first cache in Belgium)

 

Greece (Greek)

Finding GC1X5VF is a vacation in and of itself.

Finding GC1X5VF is a vacation in and of itself.

 

If you’re heading to Greece, relax, soak up some sun, and check out this awesome multi-cache.

Ευχαριστώ για την κρυπτη
(Thanks for the cache)

Ευχαριστίες για τη μνήμη
(Thanks for the memory)

Ομορφο μερος
(Beautiful place)

 

 

Mexico (Spanish)

Gringo Gulch lighthouse is the site of GC3B5XW one of the most-favorited geocaches in Mexico.

Gringo Gulch lighthouse is the site of GC3B5XW one of the most-favorited geocaches in Mexico.

Check out these five must-see geocaches from the birthplace of the sun.

Gracias por el cache
(Thanks for the cache)

Encontrado
(Found)

Muchos muggles
(Many muggles)

Excelente camuflaje
(Excellent camouflage)

 

Italy (Italian)

Geocache, geocache, wherefore art thou? The site of GC49T24.

Geocache, geocache, wherefore art thou? The site of GC49T24.

What better way to celebrate geocaching love than featuring a geocache located at a (supposed) site of one of the greatest love stories ever told?

Grazie per la cache
(Thanks for the cache)

Trovato
(Found)

Decisamente merita un FP
(Definitely worth a favorite point)

Posto bellissimo
(Beautiful place)

 


Croatia 
(Croatian)

You'll see this stunning water fall (and many others) at GC1FNKR.

You’ll see this stunning water fall (and many others) at GC1FNKR.

 

Also known as the Land of a Thousand Islands, Croatia is home to these five unmissable geocaches.

Hvala za cache
(Thanks for the cache)

Pronađeno
(Found it)

Mjesto je prelijepo, a pogled fantastičan
(The location and view are fantastic)

 

Are you drooling yet? Maybe it’s time to book some around-the-world tickets…

Fun fact: “Thanks for the cache” in Klingon is ” Tlho’ vaD yoDjuH’a’So’ ”

 

 

The 3 Things to Avoid While Geocaching with Kids

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Courtesy: Podcacher.com

by Sonny and Sandy from PodCacher.com

Geocaching with kids can be an amazing experience…

They love the exploration, discovery, mystery, treasure and outdoor aspects of this fun hobby. As you plan your geocaching outing with kids, you’re probably thinking of the obvious things to take along like plenty of water, lots of snacks, extra changes of clothes, a first aid kit, etc. You are definitely a well-prepared geocacher.

Now, before you head out, here are 3 things to AVOID while geocaching with kids.

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Courtesy: Podcacher.com

1. Rushing

Kids love to take their time and explore. They aren’t in a hurry to get from point A to point B, especially when there is a lot to see, touch and experience between the points. We could learn a lot from them! Let the kids take the lead, and see what you can find to savor as you walk to the next geocache. Bring along a bag or bucket to gather nature “treasures” to take home. Take the time to jump from rock to rock (and don’t fall in the make-believe lava!). Don’t try to squeeze in too many caches. Take your cue from the kids regarding when it’s time to call it a day.

2. Micros

Some kids might love finding altoids tins under lamp-skirts or on guard rails, but they are in the minority. Kids love toys and swag. The smallest trinket can be the greatest treasure in the eyes of a young child. Don’t deprive them of the fun of swag by only going for the tiny containers. It may be a little more work to find an area to cache in that has larger containers, but if you’re going on an outing with kids, it’s definitely worth the extra effort. Be sure to encourage the kids to bring swag along to trade. You can all stop at the dollar store before heading out to geocache, or they can raid their toy bins at home. Take the time to teach them about “trading even or trading up”. It’s a great lesson to learn at a young age.

3. Controlling

Resist the urge to orchestrate every aspect of the experience for your kids. Hand over the GPS, or your smartphone (with a sturdy protective case) and let them learn from trial and error. Don’t be the one to find every geocache first. Give younger kids a “nudge” in the right direction so they can enjoy the fun of “finding” the geocache. Let go of your expectations of how the day “should” go, and just enjoy what happens. The kids might be excited to find even more geocaches than you expected OR they could be all done after just a couple. Be okay with heading to a playground to give everyone a break.

Help out new geocachers, share you advice for geocaching with kids in the comments below! 

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Courtesy: Podcacher.com

 

6 New Country Souvenirs Now Available

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As of today, you can earn six new country souvenirs for your Geocaching profile. Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.

The new souvenirs are available for:
Croatia

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Italy

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Belgium

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Brazil

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Greece

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Mexico

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If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.

Out of all the Geocaching Souvenirs you’ve earned, which one is your favorite? Tell us on the Geocaching Facebook page, then go out and earn these six new souvenirs!

(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf deutsch lesen)

 

Sechs neue Ländersouvenirs sind nun verfügbar

Halte Deinen Reisepass bereit!

Von heute an kann man sechs neue Ländersouvenirs fürs Geocaching-Profil sammeln. Das sind virtuelle Kunstwerke, die in Deinem Geocaching-Profil angezeigt werden, sobald Du einen Geocache in einer bestimmten Region gefunden hast.

Es gibt neue Souvenirs für:
– Kroatien

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– Italien

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– Belgien

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– Brasilien

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– Griechenland


– Mexiko

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Solltest Du bereits einen Geocache in einem dieser Länder gefunden haben, erhältst Du automatisch das entsprechende Souvenir in Dein Profil. Eine Übersicht der bislang erhältlichen Souvenirs befindet sich hier. Um zu sehen, welche Du bereits erhalten hast, wirf einen Blick in Dein Profil auf Geocaching.com.

Welches ist Dein Favorit von allen Souvenirs, die Du bisher gesammelt hast? Sag’s uns auf der Geocaching-Facebook-Seite, und dann zieh los und ergatter Dir diese sechs neuen Souvenirs!

Ahoy New Souvenir! — Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF) — Geocache of the Week

Now this is my kind of place to geocache in. Photo by geocacher kubacom

Now this is my kind of place to geocache in. Photo by geocacher kubacom

Geocache Name:

Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2.5/3.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Greece. This geocache will take you on a journey to a little-known cove, where you can relax, soak up some sun, and gaze at the awesome new souvenir you just earned.

Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.

Your new Greece souvenir.

Your new Greece souvenir.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“For a milestone, we tend to look for special and great caches. While on a holiday in Corfu, we wanted to make this one our 600th find.” –Anjer291

“The entire walk down the mountain graced us with beautiful views of the bay. We even met a snake on our way back, before arriving to the nice little beach.. it didn’t prevent us from swimming there by the way ! :) Thank you very much for this cache and greetings from France!” – SuperMouffette

“We spent a wonderful one week holiday in Corfu and we found some nice caches there too. This multicache was the best. Thanks.” – washar

 

 Photos:

Not a bad place to take a break, is it? Photo by geocacher CoKa

Not a bad place to take a break, is it? Photo by geocacher CoKa

A closer look at the pirate's cove. Photo by geocacher malin.sedlacek

A closer look at the pirate’s cove. Photo by geocacher malin.sedlacek

Take a refreshing dip after making the find. Photo by geocacher pädeldreter

Take a refreshing dip after making the find. Photo by geocacher pädeldreter

What’s your favorite way to celebrate a successful day of geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!


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