Finding Holiday Treasure

A few years ago, I was introduced to one of the most exciting, all consuming family activities I’ve ever heard of.  I liken it to finding Holiday Treasure.  And it’s free.  And I’m hooked (Thanks to our Wyndham Timeshare Owners Heidi and Rodney, for introducing me!) 

This mythical activity is called Geocaching and is a perfect activity for everyone on holiday, as it’s essentially a Treasure Hunt! It brings together technology and the Great Outdoors – it’s like a real life computer game.  Geocachers use GPS to locate caches hidden by other Geocachers.  Once the cache is located, the log book is signed and the website updated.  Some caches are designed especially for kids and there will be treasures to swap should they choose to (more learning experiences for the kids!).

The first known placement of a cache was in Oregon, USA on May 3, 2000 – so this is a relatively young activity.  According to the Official Geocaching Website there are 1,731,615 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide.  A very quick search reveals that there are a host of caches hidden near almost all of our Wyndham and WorldMark Resorts.  Best of all, the hunt for caches can take you to some beautiful parts of the area you’re staying in.


Geocaching Holiday Treasure

Geocaching is free! You just need to create a Geocaching account and there are a number of free iTunes or Android apps available for download.  Initially, you can choose to find beginner caches, and as you become more experienced you can search for more difficult caches which are hidden in harder to access terrain and disguised more cunningly!  Heidi and Rodney tell me they have been Geocachers for about a year, and have a whole kit of tools they and their 2 kids use when they’re hunting – including tweezers for locating tiny caches called ‘nanos’, and a supply of treasures their kids can swap should they choose to.

So the boys and I have started a Geocaching ‘gang’.  We’re called the ‘GeoSkaters’.  {Look for us the next time you sign a Gold Coast cache logbook}.  We called ourselves that as it allows us to combine 2 things we love – skateboarding and geocaching.

The Geoskaters

 

The concept of treasure hunting on holidays can be applied more broadly as well.  What about dolphin spotting and whale watching?  Even Trainspotting and Birdwatching.  These activities might sound a little boring to begin with, however that concept of coming together to uncover holiday treasure {whatever that treasure may be} is a really galvanising concept.  You may think it’s especially great for kids, I can tell you that of the GeoSkaters in my gang, it’s the older ones {ahem} who seem to be the most eager to get the skateboards and the GPS out!

If you don’t think Geocaching is for you and yours, Seana Smith over at Sydney Food Kids + Travel recently shared some great info on where to watch whales in Sydney + a great infographic on their migration patterns.  There’s lots of hidden holiday treasure out there – Enjoy!

 

Jacqi has become part of the furniture at WorldMark South Pacific Club over the last 10 years. She has worked in various teams, including Customer Service, Systems and Owner Marketing & Solutions. She is passionate about health, holidays and roller derby. As a mother of an 11 year old boy, she has also recently become passionate about footy!

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