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Tip of the Day 10/25:Travel Bug Hotel (and Prison)

Last week,we explained travel bugs. This week’s Geo-Jargon Monday tip will describe what a “travel bug hotel and prison”are.

Travel Bug Hotels are…

Geocaches with the intent of serving as an exchange point for travel bugs. They are almost always regular-sized or large containers.

Travel Bug Prisons are…

A travel bug hotel that requires that you leave as many travel bugs as you take,and/or that you do not take more than a certain number of travel bugs. They are called prisons (or jails) because travel bugs can get “stuck”in them for an extended period of time,as people who find the cache don’t move any of the bugs on,because they don’t have a bug to leave. In fact,only the travel bug owner,not the cache owner,as the right to apply any kind of movement restrictions on a travel bug. Because of this,any movement restrictions placed by the cache owner may be ignored by the cache finder.

In other words,while travel bug prisons are meant to always have bugs in them,they aren’t exactly “legal,”as far as the rules go,because the bug owner,not the cache owner,makes the rules about the movement of each bug.


Thanks to Prime Suspect and his GeoLex,the Lexicon for Geocaching,for the use of these fantastic definitions of all things geocaching!

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