Hello everyone! I have some exciting news, especially for all you Geocachers out there~ ;) I've just purchased a Travel Bug of my own and look forward to receiving it in the mail within the next few days! :D Now everyone will be able to track my whereabouts through www.geocaching.com! ^_^ You can thank our new camp host at work for introducing me to the Travel Bug and thus giving me the idea~ :3
If you don't know what Geocaching is.. it is basically a worldwide scavenger hunt where millions of people have hidden a few geocaches each themselves in places marked via GPS location that others can then hunt down and find. It's like a real life worldwide massive multi-player game where people can travel all over and find hidden treasures! I've even heard of some being hidden along the Great Barrier Reef!! :O Each geocache is stationary and kept up by the owner of it. When you find it, you write down the tracking code for that specific geocache, then log your story about finding it, along with any pictures you may have taken, on geocaching.com so that others can read about it. :)
Travel Bugs & GeoCoins are moving/traveling geocaches that each have missions of their own. Their owners purchase them, give them a mission, then send them on their way. For example, say a person has always dreamt of visiting Japan, but they're stuck in a tiny town in Oregon or Maine. They can buy a Travel Bug, give it the mission of traveling to Japan, then pass it off to a geocacher or leave at a stationary geocache point, then each geocacher that finds the Travel Bug will try to help it complete it's mission by taking it closer and closer to Japan, recording the Travel Bug's journey online through photos and stories from the geocachers who helped it along its way~ ^_^
There's also a secondary use for the Travel Bug- If the owner decides to keep it as a personal Travel Bug, they can make it strictly "discoverable" online, then people who find it simply write online that they "discovered" it and write their stories &/or share pictures about it. Some people even get Travel Bug tattoos so that geocachers literally have to find that specific person & see the tattoo in order to "discover" their Travel Bug code! :D It's almost like a worldwide massive multi-player game of hide-n-seek! XD I loved this aspect of it so much that I immediately purchased my own Travel Bug & hope to start playing REAL SOON!
Of course.. I'm not getting a tattoo of it. Instead, I thought it would be fun to attach the Travel Bug to my favorite teddy bear, Destiny. Then I'll carry Destiny with me wherever I go throughout my travels~ ^_^ This way people can track me throughout the world without me being the actual object being tracked. Eventually, I'll have my ship- Then I'll purchase a 2nd Travel Bug & attach it to my ship so that everyone can track my ship as well as I sail around the world! ;) I plan on placing that Travel Bug at the top of the main mast so that people have to actually climb aboard the ship to "discover" it- lol! :P I'm not doing the tattoo because sometimes I like being able to disappear and not have people looking for me. Having my 1st Travel Bug on my teddy bear means I can leave her at home or on the ship and disappear without having to worry about people trying to find me.
I decided to get the Travel Bug because I felt it would be a fun & neat way for people to follow me on my journey through other people's stories of finding Destiny and thus meeting me~ :) This way those who wish to follow me on my journey will not only get to read my side of the story through here, but will also get to read other people's stories of meeting me on geocaching.com! :D I felt that getting to see many sides & many stories about my journey would make things far more interesting & fun for everyone who finds enjoyment in following me on my journey. I sure hope my sponsor likes the idea! My family too! Since I won't be able to post on my blog all the time, they'll be able to keep up with me now in another way as well- ^_^
Anyway! As soon as I receive my Travel Bug in the mail, I will post an image of Destiny wearing it as well as let you know what her mission is through her point of view~ ^_^ I hope ya'll are looking forward to this new aspect to my journey! :D I certainly am! XD Besides! What makes adventure more fun than adding a bit of hide-n-seek play to it for my followers, eh? ;)
LIVE YOUR DREAMS!
-Aria D Gaia