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Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe were amazing countries to add on a month long trip. 
 

There was not that much room for caching since our travel arrangements took us to places for reasons other than this game but I am not sure whether we would have crossed into Zambia from the other side of Vic Falls if not for the sake of a country.  
 

Still our guide stopped at an additional rock art site in Zimbabwe that was not on his original list and was amused by the traditional cache there (ask for Edward at Amalinda) and literally drove through a fire set by poachers to get us to an earthcache site that I earlier expressed interest in - although we assured him that it was not necessary.  

 

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There were a few interesting coincidences like talking to someone at a lodge near the Tsudilo Hills rock art site and learning that she created aardvark art in Muan that someone else used for a virtual that I had been unable to visit.

 

And of course we saw plenty of wildlife visiting a few other earthcaches that gave us room to explore a wide area.  

 

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So later today I need to convince my wife that we really need to visit Guatemala.  I really do “need” to go there.

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On 9/18/2023 at 12:50 PM, RCH65 said:
On 9/18/2023 at 12:35 PM, baer2006 said:

Anyway, I noticed one interesting tidbit on geocaching.com: I run the site in English, and all country names describing the cache location are therefore in English ("Germany", "Greece", etc.) - with one exception: It's "Türkiye" and not "Turkey". No big deal of course, but does anyone know why Turkey is "special" in that regard?

 

The official english name of "Turkey" changed to "Türkiye" about a year ago (not only in Geocaching)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61671913

At least I wasn't the only one to miss this renaming ;) :

 

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Last new country of the year ahead. Currently on Dortmund airport to fly to Armenia. I'm super curious. Also wondering about where to spend my summer vacation next year, and Sardinia might be high on my list, with still half warm weather in September, lots of EarthCaches, a super marvelous geology and interesting archaeology. Just can't decide on the right location. North or south? Not sure yet.

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Finally got to do some travel to new places again, bagging Indonesia (specifically Bali), Laos and Malaysia - bringing up 86 countries.

 

Bali was pretty nice, as we totally avoided the crowded, noisy, tourist party nightmares of Kuta and Seminyak. In Laos we saw just about the most beautiful waterfall in the world, while in Malaysia we didn't see a great deal, but did buy a lot of Lego from Legoland : D

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14 hours ago, Viajero Perdido said:

Ooo!  I've been studying the Canaries; it would make my 20th country.

 

I am the illegitimate father of a cache on La Gomera, something which was pointed out in the form of a cool puzzle cache featuring my particular example.  I don't need much excuse for a trip.

 

Nice! Cache finds in Spain are on Number 6 position for me, and I'd hoped to spend my summer vacation on Sardinia but I just didn't find the right accommodation there within my budget. No nice ice cream and pizza then. But hey, a few more Spanish caches won't hurt.

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17 hours ago, Viajero Perdido said:

Ooo!  I've been studying the Canaries; it would make my 20th country.

I've been on Tenerife this year, and it's definitely worth a visit. As a geocacher, it helps if you like Earth Caches (which I don't) - in some areas, it felt like there is one at every second rock ;).

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46 minutes ago, baer2006 said:

As a geocacher, it helps if you like Earth Caches (which I don't)

I have mixed feelings about Earthcaches. I like them because many bring you to fascinating places I might not have discovered otherwise. I dislike them because then many COs ruin the experience of finding something fascinating, by asking uninteresting questions.

I need to find about 140 more Earthcaches for a challenge. Until this challenge I avoided Earthcaches, because of the questions, and didn't know what interesting places I was missing seeing. I would prefer a simple question to prove you were there, take a photograph, and then be left to explore and enjoy what you have been brought to.

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3 hours ago, baer2006 said:

I've been on Tenerife this year, and it's definitely worth a visit. As a geocacher, it helps if you like Earth Caches (which I don't) - in some areas, it felt like there is one at every second rock ;).

 True, and the topics keep on repeating, and many aren't really that great. I'm a completist and a geologist, thus I do them anyway 😬

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What new countries did you visit in 2023, and what are your travel plans for 2024?

I was injured for most of 2023 but still managed to travel quite a lot (could not drive car but at least could use all sorts of public transport). And hence I got a new record of new countries: Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Estonia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Egypt, Switzerland, Slovenia and Armenia. Now things are getting a bit more difficult in Europe for me. I think I'm still missing 11 European countries, and they are either too expensive to get to, in a conflict zone or too complicated to get to from here. I did finish the year with adding a few new municipalities in Northern Germany and Denmark though. The only new country planned for next year is Azerbaijan. The rest... we'll see.

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9 hours ago, terratin said:

What new countries did you visit in 2023, and what are your travel plans for 2024?

Not my first visit to all these countries, but my first time as a Geocacher.

Italy, Greece, France, Vatican City, Germany; plus Bayern, Hessen, Nordrhein-Weatfalen, Hungary, Austria, Slovenska, Netherlands, Isle of Man, Irish ones: Dublin, Leinster, Munster, and on the way home a surprise one; Taiwan; forced there by a typhoon.

 

Still planning 2024.

 

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Unless something really bad happens, my first (and possibly only) new "caching country" in 2024 will be New Zealand. Not only a new country, but a new hemisphere ;) - so far, I've never been to, let alone cached in, the southern half of the planet.

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All right, next to Azerbaijan and a Canary Island for summer I just happen to get confirmation for a flight to Budapest. No idea how that happened 🤣 Surprisingly I've never been to Hungary. It's probably the lowest-hanging fruit left in Europe for me.

Which I think only leaves Monaco, San Marino and Andorra (all a headache to get to from here), some Channel Islands and Isle of Man (even more of a headache from here), Greenland (someone want to donate to my fundraiser?) and Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (yeah).

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On 1/3/2024 at 7:32 PM, terratin said:

Isle of Man

This is lovely to visit. I visited it last year. I found the local bus service was good to use to get around much of the island. There are also historic electric trams, a horse drawn tram and a steam train you can use.

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28 minutes ago, Vooruit! said:

June/July: Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan

 

I think you'd really enjoy caching in "the Chinas".  Well, except maybe the weather that time of year, and I know little about mainland China.

 

Hong Kong especially.  I've been going there annually (last few years excepted of course) in winter, ideal hiking weather then, for caching my brains out (+heart+lungs+knees) on their excellent trails with so many interesting high-terrain hides.  The map is incredible, as you've probably noticed.

 

I'll be there shortly, and might walk right past this place because new caches have sprouted along the trail.  (Look closely; there's a geo-buddy at work.)

 

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22 hours ago, Vooruit! said:

Planned for this year:

 

February: Monaco

June/July: Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan

August: Cyprus

 

And who knows? I might do a roadtrip to San Marino. 🥳🎉

I am so jealous. I need to change careers.

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On 1/11/2024 at 5:26 PM, Vooruit! said:

Planned for this year:

 

February: Monaco

June/July: Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan

August: Cyprus

 

And who knows? I might do a roadtrip to San Marino. 🥳🎉

 

August: Cyprus

 

August: Gibraltar and Morocco

 

Fun of course, though Gibraltar seems quite a hazzle with the parking-in-Spain-and-walking-across-the-border and stuff?

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Keeping things simple-ish and combining visiting a concert elsewhere with a trip to Jersey and Sark in summer. If this doesn't make sense: no, it doesn't, other than being near an airport that gets to me to Jersey cheaply :antenna:

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