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Is it ethical to mail a travel bug?


doktorfunk
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Hi,

 

There's a travel bug near our house in the UK that wants to travel to several locations in the USA. It's going to be a while before we go back there, but I could mail it to some relatives who are familiar with a few caches that we found in my hometown so they could plant it in one of them and get it closer to the places it wants to visit. Would that be a good or bad thing to do?

 

Thanks,

Adam

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Hi,

 

There's a travel bug near our house in the UK that wants to travel to several locations in the USA. It's going to be a while before we go back there, but I could mail it to some relatives who are familiar with a few caches that we found in my hometown so they could plant it in one of them and get it closer to the places it wants to visit. Would that be a good or bad thing to do?

 

Thanks,

Adam

 

Contact the TB owner.

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I would think mailing the TB would go against the "natural" progression of the TB. The idea is to move from cache to cache with a cacher, right? Not USPS or whatever.

 

If any of you were part of wheresgeorge.com back in the day, it was the same concept. You wanted the currency note to travel naturally. Otherwise it's false travel.

 

Just my thoughts.

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I would think mailing the TB would go against the "natural" progression of the TB. The idea is to move from cache to cache with a cacher, right? Not USPS or whatever.

 

If any of you were part of wheresgeorge.com back in the day, it was the same concept. You wanted the currency note to travel naturally. Otherwise it's false travel.

 

Just my thoughts.

Suppose the UPS guy is a cacher?!?!?! :grin::anibad::yikes:

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I would think mailing the TB would go against the "natural" progression of the TB. The idea is to move from cache to cache with a cacher, right? Not USPS or whatever.

 

If any of you were part of wheresgeorge.com back in the day, it was the same concept. You wanted the currency note to travel naturally. Otherwise it's false travel.

 

Just my thoughts.

True, the idea is to travel via the cache to cache circuit. However, if a TB owner grants you permission to mail a travel bug, it's not "false travel". It simply traveled along an alternative path that the owner approved of. Of course, a TB should not be mailed without getting that permission from the owner.

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I would think mailing the TB would go against the "natural" progression of the TB. The idea is to move from cache to cache with a cacher, right? Not USPS or whatever.

 

If any of you were part of wheresgeorge.com back in the day, it was the same concept. You wanted the currency note to travel naturally. Otherwise it's false travel.

 

Just my thoughts.

Suppose the UPS guy is a cacher?!?!?! :grin::anibad::yikes:

 

Mind. Blown. haha.

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I would think mailing the TB would go against the "natural" progression of the TB. The idea is to move from cache to cache with a cacher, right? Not USPS or whatever.

 

If any of you were part of wheresgeorge.com back in the day, it was the same concept. You wanted the currency note to travel naturally. Otherwise it's false travel.

 

Just my thoughts.

Suppose the UPS guy is a cacher?!?!?! :grin::anibad::yikes:

 

But he wouldn't KNOW he had a TB, and would be unable to log a Discover on it... :(

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As per the Groundspeak Help Center...

 

3.4. Mailing Trackables to Another Geocacher

There may be occasions when you want to mail a Trackable to a geocacher in another location. Please do not mail any trackable without asking the owner first.

 

Thanks. I'm not sure why I didn't see that.

 

I've sent a message to the travel bug owner and won't do it without his permission.

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If you decide to mail it, you can send it to me, and I'll take care of it. Not knowing its mission, I could take it to Seattle, and then down to Portland, where I would drop it off.

 

Thanks. I'll let you know if I get an answer back from the TB's owner.

 

(It's TB2JGEG, by the way.)

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