The entire world is captivated by Pokémon Go, a game that mixes real life and virtual reality in the quest for digital creatures scattered all over the world.
But before this craze swept smart phones everywhere, a different GPS-based game quietly permeated parks, forests, street signs, tourist attractions and many other public places around the globe: geocaching.
A technological outdoor hobby, geocaching offers the thrill of solving puzzles, trekking distances and finding treasure on a global scavenger hunt. Local and global explorers alike have used the site not only for recreation, but also a great way to learn more about a familiar place or new destination.
If there's anything that glossy adventure magazines, back to school advertisements and study abroad brochures have sold younger generations on, it's the fun and excitement of wearing a backpack.
In fact, we have wholeheartedly embraced backpack culture, especially when it comes to bootstrapping travel. The allure of the life you can carry on your shoulders while venturing all over the world is understandably enticing.
So, assuming that you too want to be like those grinning, world travelin' go-getters in the pretty photos, you'll probably want to get a backpack and go somewhere. But if this is a new foray, you might need a little help starting out.
We've all heard the stories.
You know, the ones where your traveling friend boasts about the amazing host who gave them the secret locals tour of the city, the hostess who directed them to the breakfast restaurant with the epic pancakes, or the family who included them on their weekend outing to the beach.
These days, travelers want to experience places with real people that offer authentic insight into daily life in a new location. They don't want to arrive to a place only to get caught in the deluge of tourist traps alongside hundreds of other strangers or suffer through overpriced bar crawls and awkward group tours.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.