“Try this instead!” 5 Ways to Geocache and Travel on a Budget

There is so much beauty in this world, especially in the simple things. Use these 5 tips to delight in the little joys of life or to save up for that big trip abroad. Whatever you choose, geocaching will always be a game that allows you to become an explorer wherever you go—even on a budget.

1)  Visiting a big city? 
Try this instead: Find a GeoTour off the beaten path!

For the most authentic cultural experiences, escape from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions. Some GeoTours are in smaller cities or close to large metropolitan areas. Walk around, chat with locals, and find some unique locations that no one can find on a tourism website! Here are some towns close to major cities with GeoTours to look up:

Conroe, outside of Houston, Texas.
Houma, outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Castella, outside of Florence, Italy.

Image by NinjaRock, a stop on the Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour.

2) Buying a souvenir? 
Try this instead: Earn a souvenir!

Nobody wants to carry around a heavy backpack. If you find a geocache in a new country or a new region, you’ll receive a souvenir for that area. Since January 2019, Geocaching HQ releases at least one new country/regional souvenir per month. These new souvenirs are featured alongside a Geocache of the Week within each region, so you may add it to your List of amazing destinations on your travels!

Completion of a GeoTour also rewards you with a souvenir! Light on your wallet and on your luggage!

Image by PiaTh, taken while logging a find in Austria.

3) Renting a car? 
Try this instead: Get a bus pass!

Not only is public transportation great for the environment, but it is also a cheaper alternative that allows you to interact with locals! Practice saying “hello” and “thank you” in a new language, or take in the views as you ride through town. 

Image by TheVoytekBear, taken in Qatar.

4) Hiring a tour guide? 
Try this instead: Connect with a local geocacher and have them show you around!

One of the most wonderful things about geocaching is our community. You’d be surprised to know how many cachers would love to show you around their stomping grounds if you asked. A walk around the neighborhood can provide you with a new perspective! Check out our forums to get in touch with a geocacher at your destination.

Image by Jonaboo, taken in New Jersey.

5) Reserving a table at the hottest restaurant in town? 
Try this instead: Host an Event at a local watering hole!

Expensive restaurants may have a beautiful ambience, but nothing beats kicking back with people who share your passions. Whether you’re on vacation or just down the road, hosting an Event is a great way to create your own five-star experience.

Image by Think Tink, taken in Canada.

Let’s face it. Traveling can get expensive. Luckily, you’re a geocacher! That means you are equipped with cleverness, resourcefulness, and a hunger for adventure anywhere you go. Whether you’re flying across the world or driving to the next town, these 5 tips will make sure that you don’t break the bank.

What are some tips and tricks you have for caching on a budget? 

Megan Twamley
Megan is a morning person from New York who adores geocaching with her dog, Basil. When she's not loving her job as a Community Coordinator, she's probably frolicking somewhere in a grassy meadow.