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If you have been geocaching for some time, you have probably come across or at least heard about a Travel Bug Hotel. But if you’re somewhat new to geocaching, or you live in a place where they just aren’t common, this might be a new term to you.

So let’s start with a basic definition. A Travel Bug Hotel is a geocache that caters to travel bugs and is meant to serve as a drop off and pick up place for them.

[Note: if you aren’t familiar with travel bugs, then you should probably go read the Travel Bug FAQ to start with. Then come on back here and continue on!]3-tb-hotels

There are always exceptions, of course, but here are some general conventions when it comes to Travel Bug Hotels:

  • They are normally a regular or large size geocache (since it would be hard to leave even one travel bug in a micro container!)
  • They are often a simple traditional cache (but sometimes the cache owner will make it a simple puzzle or will hide a container with a combination lock, and the combo is given on the cache description page)
  • They are usually placed for easy access (near highways, airports, freeway rest stops etc.)
  • It can be tricky, but the cache owner needs to make the cache BOTH easily accessible but not easily muggled!
  • The idea of the Travel Bug Hotel is to help travel bugs get moving to their goal
  • They often have “Travel Bug Hotel” or something similar as part of their cache name so its obvious what they are (BUT not everyone thinks this is a good idea since it might catch the attention of a “less-than-honest” geocacher who may take the travel bugs or trackable geocoins and keep them – yes, some geocachers actually do this terrible thing!!)
  • Some owners will offer suggestions about the movement of travel bugs – for example, take the same number of travel bugs that you leave – but this cannot be a requirement, according to
  • Any geocacher is welcome to find and log the Travel Bug Hotel cache whether or not they drop off or pick up travel bugs
  • Travel Bug Hotels range from a simple lock-n-lock container all the way to amazingly creative and elaborately built structures and cabinets that actually look like hotels!

florida-2Some Resources on Travel Bug Hotels:

There are several Facebook groups that are dedicated to travel bug hotels: Travel Bug Hotels and TBHoA or Travel Bug Hotels of America.

IslandButtons has a Pinterest board with dozens and dozens of amazing pictures of travel bug hotels.

What is YOUR favorite Travel Bug Hotel? Share in the comments below!


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