Caching while traveling
Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:21 AM
Before I started caching, for various reasons I have been all over the United States but the closest I have gone outside the U.S. is walking across the border to Mexico. I do have a bit of excitement and nerves for going overseas and want to leave prepared to get some caches in addition to the work I have to do.
Does anyone have any suggestions or hints for getting caches while traveling or areas that might make you nervous.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:18 PM
The euros are very into this game!
My friend, Mario, the KLM pilot who lives in Netherlands is a terrific info source and can coach you on Amsterdam for sure ( Schiphol Airport).
We cached together in Hou a few times and I know he'd like to reciprocate by helping a Houstonian in the Netherlands.
Which Airport in France?
Anyway, PM me for his contact info if you are interested in this option.
Edited by KeyResults, 21 October 2012 - 08:03 AM.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:12 AM
Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:07 AM
You said these trips were lay overs. Where is your final destination?
Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:07 PM
I am glad you all are saying that 2 hours isn't long. I thought that and thought maybe I was being a little nervous for someone who isn't used to traveling overseas. The caches I have looked at for the two layovers I am thinking are close (one I think someone said was a half hour but wasn't sure if that was half hour round trip or each way). I will have to look up those again and post here to see if anyone is familiar with them.
Kenny, I will send you a PM. Thanks for the info/help.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:14 PM
What I'm more likely to do is get myself bumped off a flight when they are oversold. There are lots of tricks to doing this, but most important is just be NICE to the gate agent and sit within 5 feet of the desk and talk to them before they are need to make the final call. Sometimes I get the bump without them do a PA announcement and they just wave me over to get the new tickets. When my schedule allows it, I am always willing to get the next morning's flight out.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:17 PM
I just received information that the flight coming back would probably be changed and will be through Germany with even less time so I guess I definitely I would not be doing any caching there (well, unless I could get bumped....)
I am also looking at the additional cost of the hotel and maybe stay an extra day in Romania just to be able to see what sites I can. It will make for a very exhausting Monday but it may be worth it.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:53 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:18 PM
If the trip is 2 weeks out or more, you could always host an event in the hotel bar. Even if no one else shows up, you can log your event.
Good idea HC. I have given some thoughts to finding good locations in advance, but that makes it easy.
Chefkimmo, I will sometimes book and document my business expenses... then change the routing at my personal cost to suit my personal needs. I travel enough that the extra hotel is on my points. By the way, there are some great credit card hotel (or airline) deals out there. Check out flyertalk.com if you have some time to dig through the enormous amount of info there.
In any case, be sure you have a freq flyer number / freq stayer number for the airline and hotel... you will get a decent amount of points for this trip and that will come in handy later.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:46 PM
I have found out that if I want to stay the extra day then the hotel & food that day is at my cost but the airfare shouldn't change so no big deal there. I was hoping to finalize the details today but went to a funeral so it will be tomorrow. Also, I am going to try getting bumped to the next flight. I am planning to stay an extra day longer rather than go early so I can figure out what to do during the week before... (sounds like an event in the picture)
I will leave for the trip on Nov. 4th but could possibly plan the event for the last part of the stay in Bucharest. I have heard a few people talk about doing an event while on trips. I am sure I could figure things out but since I haven't even hosted an event in the U.S. yet, any helpful tips on that would be appreciated. I am sure having a location so the hotel or I heard there is beer garden in the park across from the hotel - so time and date. Anything else ya'll can suggest would be great.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:54 PM
So that trip didn't work out for caching - actually the reason that I went there didn't turn out the way we expected so I have to go back in January. So I think I am going to set up an event as was suggested for one night while there... At least this time I will have more time to figure out where to do it and hopefully to get some caching done. And right now my itinerary has me going through Paris this time so I am hoping I will get that chance to look for the cache if I don't have to leave the airport.
Thanks for the support and hopefully my next trip will be more successful
Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:43 AM
...........the travel agency had changed my flight to going through Frankfurt ......
There's a Virtual cache in the Frankfurt airport near gate 42.
Edited by Manofsteel73, 06 December 2012 - 12:44 AM.
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