Military life means lots of moving around, all over the world. There are definitely drawbacks to that kind of lifestyle, for you, your stuff, and your family members – broken or missing stuff every single time you pack up and move, trying to sell your old place and find a new place to live, learning the ropes at a new command, new school for the kids, the struggle spouses have when trying to find another job, leaving good friends and the loneliness you feel until you start making new ones.

But there are a lot of great things about moving as well. You just have to look at it the right way – it is a fresh start, a chance to reinvent yourself and start anew! If you didn’t like the way things were done at your old command, or who you had to work for, it doesn’t matter anymore! You’re going to a new place and chances are, things will be better.

I always use packing up as a chance to purge all the things I don’t want to bring with me. I like donating things that are still useable and letting go of the stuff that isn’t. Getting rid of stuff you no longer need is a great feeling. Plus it cuts down on the boxes you have to unpack at the other end! Speaking of unpacking, if the place you’re moving is bigger than the one you left, you get to go shopping! That’s not such a bad thing, either!

My absolute favorite thing about moving – or any traveling, really – is the opportunity to find new geocache locations. Geocaching is a great way to explore your new neighborhood. Some items might be hidden in parks or green spaces, some in random hiding spots near interesting sites, heck I’ve even found one or two in the parking lot of good places to eat! You never know where you are going to end up, and lots of them will end up being places you want to return because there is a great view, it’s a good hike on a nice day, or just a super cool place to be. New places, new treasures, new experiences: sounds pretty good to me!

Using forums and websites, you can find other geocachers in the area and meet up with them. Then you’ve got an instant connection with your new neighbors, too. There’s meetings you can attend or volunteer work like “cache in, trash out” days (where geocachers make an extra effort to clean up any litter or debris around the cache site) that you can participate in.

The best part is that you don’t need new equipment for each place you live. If you get service on your phone, you’ve got a GPS unit and can do some geocaching. Just pull up the map online or through the app, find a place you’ve never been and are interested in exploring, and you’re good to go!