Whether you think of geocaching as a game, activity, or hobby, you can always improve your skills. No matter if you’re a creative type or analytic, read on to learn about five hobbies that will make you a better geocacher. Bonus! You can also combine these hobbies with geocaching!
We’re starting off with an easy one here. Of course puzzling can make you a better geocacher—there’s even a puzzle cache type! Mystery caches (as they are more commonly known) require both critical and creative thinking to solve, so any riddling, trivia, or puzzling you do can help you flex those Sherlock muscles.
Photography encourages you to stay still, enjoying the view around you to capture just the right moment. For this, patience is key—and also pays off in geocaching! It might take the form of patiently waiting for muggles to leave the area so you can sneakily make the find, having patience with yourself as you search for that high difficulty cache, or offering patience with new geocachers as they learn the way. This patience will pay off in your pictures as well as your find count! Plus, here are five things to do with your geocaching photos.
- Painting or drawing
Painting requires you to slow down and soak up all that is around you. You have to look at the way the shadows pattern the lake in front of you, or the way the clouds accent the view. This attention to detail is excellent to have when geocaching. Whether you’re looking for the geo-trail or clues on where the cache may be hidden, your attention to detail may help you spot that one stick just out of place.
You may be wondering what this has to do with geocaching, but there are actually several ways gardening can help you become a better geocacher. First of all, gardening will make you more aware of different types of plants. You’ll easily be able to spot that poison ivy or other pesky plants. Plus, if you’re a gardener, you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty. Sometimes that smiley requires you to poke around, lift things up, or move aside rocks. If you’ve ever planted a garden, these are transferable skills!
- Learning a new language
Geocaching is a global game with geocaches in nearly every country, so learning a new language not only prepares you for future geocaching travels, but also gives your brain a serious boost. Improved memory, enhanced ability to multitask, and strengthened decision making are all proven benefits of learning a new language, and applicable to geocaching, too!
How do you stay the sharpest tool of the trade? Share your tips in the comments below!