Beginners guide to geocaching

Geocaching? I hear you ask

Wonder what on Earth it is?

Well, this post is about to explain everything you need to know about geocaching and what you need to go out and give it a go yourself in this beginners guide to geocaching.

What is geocaching?

It is the digitals world version of a treasure hunt which covers the global.
Where people use a GPS to find containers (caches) which can be hidden anywhere, with geocaches coming in all shapes and sizes with some being easier to find than others

How to get started?

It is a lot easier than you may think, all you must do is download the geocaching app from the app store

Create a free account then off you go.

How to find your first geocache?

Load the map in-app to find one close to you. Then hit navigate and head in the direction of the coordinates

When at your location have a look at the size of the cache this will give you an idea of how big or small it is.

If you are struggling to find a cache don’t worry, just use the hint in the description to help you out.

Cache screen looks like on the app

Once you have found the cache open it up and take out the logbook, sign and date the book with your name (remember to bring a pen to sign the log) and pop it back inside the cache returning it to its hidden location.

If there is an item inside feel free to swap it out for something else that you have (aim is to swap something for the equal or greater value of what you are taking)

You found a geocache!! Congratulations

Example of what a cache looks like

Hit ‘log’ on the app to mark the one you have found and it’s off to go find your next geocache.


Is geocaching something you are interested in? If so let me know how it goes for you.


In the meantime hope you enjoy navigating the globe in away.
Faye

Coping with lockdown

As large parts of the world enter a second lockdown travel and freedom to go out whenever we want things we normally take for granted to seem like they will never be possible again.

However, as the UK starts its lockdown and other nations continue with theirs we are yet again given the opportunity of time which in everyday life seems inaccessible.

Coming up with things to keep you busy during the day for a whole month, especially during the winter months where there are fewer daylight hours can seem an impossible task.

Everyone is different the coping methods and tasks I do to keep busy may not work for you but they will hopefully give you some ideas of things that can be done in the endless rabbit hole of suggests out there.

Scrapbooking

I have piles of photos, tickets and other items from my travels growing up with the plan always being to put them into a scrapbook as a way to look back on the places I have been.

So taking the box of memories and putting them in a scrapbook is one task that will keep busy for a while, however scrapbooking may not be for you and that’s okay.

You may want to do a photo album or maybe you have kept a travel journal and looking how to make it better for your next trip is something you do instead or even a scrapbook for a purpose.

Let me know how you keep your travel memories in the comments, love to hear what ideas you all have.

Getting outside

Whether you are from the city or countryside going for a walk or even a run every day, every other day or once a week is something worth doing during the lockdown.

A few reasons are walking during lockdown has become a favourite of mine.

  • Fewer people it is as simple as that, getting to see somewhere in a new light. 
  • Easier to take photos whether I am doing a landscape shot or taking a photo of myself in that location, having fewer people around makes the whole process quicker and easier. Also, have more time to play around with your camera if you are just getting into photography. 
  • Fewer people in your way, easier to move around places
Going for walks through the countryside

Learning something new

During this lockdown having more time to learn something

I found it felt as though I had more time than normal to practice learning Spanish. Taking up the guitar is something I am also getting back into.

Taking an online course is something you could do too.

(I find myself always switching between tasks which is why I am learning Spanish and guitar again, but there is no pressure to learn anything or do more than one thing so don’t worry if this isn’t for you)

Video Calls

Having a video call with friends and family from just having a chat to watching a movie at the same time while on a call or a quiz finding a way to keep in touch with people can help make a real difference.

Don’t be afraid to speak to someone you are close to or trust about how you are feeling if you are feeling low or struggling everyone is dealing with this in their way and its okay to not be 100% and on it at the moment.

Read a book

As the nights get darker and colder sitting inside me my favourite jumper with a cup of tea reading a good book sounds more and more appealing.  

Most of us have a pile of books that we keep saying we will read and never do even if it is a chapter a day you get through you are making progress on something you have been wanting to do for a while.

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Home workout/yoga

Going on YouTube and finding a workout or yoga session is so easy nowadays with 1000’s of options out there for you even if it is for 5 mins doing something active can help.

Start your Christmas shopping online

With the UK lockdown ending right before lockdown a mad rush to the shopping to get gifts for my family doesn’t like fun or something I want to do.

Starting to get an idea of what I will get everyone and finding it online looking for the best deal on that item sounds like a plan to me.

Getting things early can help with cost as well as being to shop around more online for the best price as comparing to needing to go into numerous stores or frantically google online while in a store to see if you are getting the best deal.

Doing something you never get chance to do

It can be decorating a room, to doing the garden, baking, whatever the task is to try and do it.


As I have said everyone will deal with this lockdown in their own some of these ideas maybe use some may not and that’s okay don’t feel as though you have to follow any of these suggests just do what is best for you to help you through this lockdown.


Let me know in the comments below what you will be getting up to this lockdown?


Hope this helped navigate your way around lockdown

Faye

Finding the positives of COVID

As autumn is now upon us 2020 seems to have got quicker than any other year as it slips away from us with not a lot that we can do about it as safety rules limiting what we can do and changing all the time can make coming up with plans more difficult than ever. However COVID has had many positives it all comes down to how you look at things and sometimes trying to find the good in a bad situation is all you need, which this post aims to do brightening up your day just a little bit more looking at things from a new perspective.

Time for yourself

This is something which has been spoken about a lot and does have some truth behind it, thanks to lockdown people were able to slow down and do those things they never had a chance to do and think about what is important to them. For some it was about getting into that fitness routine you have always wanted too, other it was learning a new skill or a new self-care routine.

But this rare opportunity to have the time to start something for you isn’t something which happens a lot in the busy chaos of life. I know I have taken advantage of this, hopefully continuing as things return to more of a normal setting.

Travel local

With border closing and travelling aboard still coming with some difficulties, it has encouraged more people to travel in their home country seeing things they wouldn’t normally explore going to the untouched parts of your home allowing you to see and experience it in a brand new light. Appreciating the natural beauty and adventure of where you live is something which I hold dear, as a true believer of why travel across the world to see everything when you haven’t even seen your own home

The environment

As one who tries their best to be as environmental where and when possible, hearing various news stories on how fewer people commutating every day and being more active has allowed nature to come out more, which is something I have defiantly noticed with fewer cars I noticed more roadside flowers growing when out on walks, heard more birds singing and even spots one or two deer which I haven’t before thanks to fewer cars flying about scaring them off.

Support local

This is probably my favourite positive about COVID and that is has encouraged people to shop more locally, experience what is around, find the hidden business gems around them rather than heading off to the big store by everyone supporting local also having a positive impact on the local economy and environment.

Hope these positives around COVID has brightened your day even if it is a small amount and allowed you to see things in a new light, but remember don’t worry if you haven’t started or done something you wanted to do the year isn’t over yet, with everyone on their path comparing yourself to others is something you should never do.

Bank Holiday Plans

With the last bank holiday of the year coming up, I was planning on using this extended weekend to go travelling around the UK, however thanks to COVID a lot of these plans have been put on hold like everything else just causing frustration.

With everything being booked up so rapidly thanks to the good old staycations now being everyone’s new favourites along with many attractions still not being fully open exploring somewhere new is now out of the question.

So here is my plan B, C and D for what I plan to do this Bank Holiday depending on what the weather decides to do after all this the UK. Hopefully, give you some inspiration for if you are feeling a little stuck in how to spend your Bank Holiday.

Going for a walk

Somewhere either close by or a short drive away with my family getting us out of the house but also allowing us to spend some quality time together doing something different but with the possibility of going somewhere, we haven’t already.

Have BBQ with the neighbours

Thanks to VE Day and the street parties which occurred up and down the country, my street has now gotten together for more than one occasion from celebrating my lockdown birthday to watching the lightning storms that happened not long ago. So fingers crossed for some good weather

Stay in and read a book

Simply staying at home sat reading, this may seem boring to some but getting through a good book is always something I up for and if this Bank Holiday is full of rain, travelling someplace different through a book sounds like a plan to me

Relax

Just relaxing and taking time for myself, while I will be working over the Bank Holiday still finding time to take a break from the world. Stepping back taking a breathe, getting the little things done, taking time for some self-care, do some baking. Just take a break in this extended weekend

Let me know what you plan to get up to this Bank Holiday?

Dealing with cancelled travel plans during COVID-19

For all of us who love to travel COVID-19 can be rather difficult with travel being put to a standstill and with the government guidelines on where you can travel and the rules on returning from those countries changing constantly and a lot of the time last minute just causing more frustration. 

Anyone from the UK will have a lovely list of countries which we can go to without quadrating when we return making travel seem possible again but with recent changes in Spain and now possibly France, it makes the goal of travelling off wherever around the globe just seem like it will never happen again.  

Having recently had my climb to the Base Camp of Mount Everest cancelled till next year and the idea of getting to go for a short break aboard somewhere else seem impossible I thought I’d put together a few hopefully helpful tips on how to cope with planning a vaccination during COVID-19 but also for if the plans have to change.   

1. It’s okay to be frustrated

This I feel is an important one to remember I wasn’t surprised that my trip got postpone till next year but I still hoped that things would improve so that I could go. I was so frustrated and annoyed I being sorting all my kit I would need, planning, getting all excited to go and in one message all that excitement was gone. Taking a moment or two to be annoyed let out some of the frustration is ok, but remember complaining to the company won’t change anything the decision would have been made for your health and safety they want you flying on that plane to your chosen destination as much as you. 

2. Look for other travel dates

This is one is a good thing to think about. I was lucky and offered to complete the climb in 2021 or 2022 so while I’m annoyed I can’t go this year I at least I still can just have to wait a bit. But contact the company/companies you have booked with seeing if you can move days around, remember you are going to this place because you want to see it so even if it’s in a month or even a year you are still getting to travel there.  

3. Do you want to quartine?

Now while travel to some countries is completely banned for us Brits others such as Spain, you can visit you will just have to quarantine for 2 weeks when you return, so if you have a trip booked to a “quarantine country” and are you able to quarantine when you return, if you still feel okay with going to that country then you can pack your bags and go still.  

4. Consider changing location

If your trip is cancelled considering swapping locations the country you are going to isn’t going anywhere, so visiting when it is safer will probably give you a better time there. If you still want to go aboard see what other countries you can travel too.  

5. Have a plan B

If something happens which means you can’t go aboard but still want to get away then why not consider a staycation. Travel somewhere in your home country which you have never had the chance to see, explore where you live. You can even get on a plane still to go to some of these locations such jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands parts of Scotland as well you can fly too just go online and see where you go. 

So while plans aboard may change last minute and UK weather may have not been what you had planned originally just remember that everyone is doing the best they can and getting mad at everyone isn’t going to solve anything.  

So if we all do our bit, if we all do our best to stay safe, wash our hands and wear face masks if you can and where you can. This will all become a memory in the past which we can all look back on and remember how we came together when things do matter.  

Stay safe and enjoy navigating the globe where ever that may be.  

Comment below and trips that you have planned or ways that you use to cope with a cancelled trip.  

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