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I only have a few travelers out there but am disappointed about the lack of progress and theft. They get dropped off at the top of the mountain in a cache visited twice a year. Cachers pick them up, keep them for months, and don't reply to your e-mails. Some take the attached toy and keep it passing on an empty dog tag. In one case, a person took the TB, created an account to log that they had it, claimed that it was going to a better place, and that was the end of it. The only logs on that account are TBs stolen by that person. Sorry for the rant.

Im going to try something new in hopes that it will limit the problem of theft. Soon IҒll send out a few new TBs, without dog tags. Im keeping them ґcause they are kind of cool and some kid might be temped to lift it. Instead of a traveler of minimal value, about $1.00, Im sending out junk like small rocks. IҒm pasting TB instructions, tracking numbers and name inside Altoids tins. Then the traveler is clued to the inside of the tin. Finally, the traveler and instructions are coated with clear epoxy. If the TB turns up missing, Ill simply make another one with the same number and send it out.

What do you do to keep travel bugs and geocoins in play? Please share your tricks and ideas.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2000.
Good luck. 100% of my TB's have gone MIA. They make a few stops, then disappear forever. It doesnt seem to matter what form the TB's are in, or their goal.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 1671.
It seems like the junkier the thing attached to the dogtag, the longer it lasts. But I would be willing to bet that of all the trackables released (not including personal collections that never go out) the percent still alive after a year would be in the single digits. It's one of the saddest aspects about caching to me.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 1986.
I don't know, for me I don't really enjoy moving travel bugs around much anyways. And it if is was just something like a rock, what's the point of moving a rock around. There's already plenty of rocks in it's new location. (In and out of the cache.)

I sometimes think that the whole travel bug thing is kind of a failed experiment. I own some geocoins but I have no intention of releasing them. I find collecting them far more fun.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2562.
i've only got one traveler out in the wild. i left it in a puzzle cache that you have to hike to. its got a note with its goal of seeing only remote and tough to get to caches. i'm hoping that it doesn't get dropped in a driveby cache and will last awhile. thats my travel bug experiment.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2386.
[quote="Dirt Devils <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->":11px43wo]i've only got one traveler out in the wild. i left it in a puzzle cache that you have to hike to. its got a note with its goal of seeing only remote and tough to get to caches. i'm hoping that it doesn't get dropped in a driveby cache and will last awhile. thats my travel bug experiment.[/quote:11px43wo]
I did that with two coins. One I put in a puzzle and put with the coin and online that it should only go in puzzle caches. It was placed next in a traditional and it was gone right after that. The other I put in a remote cache saying it was to stay in remote caches. It was moved about 5 times then disappeared.
I really like it when they are placed in seldom-found caches. They just seem to be less-likely to be lost in the shuffle, but in the end they're still bound to go away.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 1986.
Oh, ye of little faith! I have a fair number of both, travel bugs, and coins, and actually, the percentage that I have found that are actually GONE, is really very small. I have had one go "missing" for 3 years, only to surface somewhere in Europe. Had one little bear that went missing in California show up a couple of years later on the side of a mountain in (I believe) Little Cottonwood Canyon.
True, I have had some go totally missing, but that's the price we pay for our sport. It's still a lot cheaper than the broken leg from skiing, the lost lure while fishing, or the wrecked ATV. Don't worry about the one's that are missing, for who knows, one day, you may get an E-mail and say..
"Ha! And I thought that one was gone long ago!"

I actually had one that the only log between the placement of the coin, and the very next log was someone who said the cache had been muggled, and stuff strewn all over. That one turned up a few miles from the original cache, and went about it's way.

Had one came up missing, only to be found in the parking lot of a Las Vegas store, tag attached and all; how lucky to be found by a cacher.

I say again; Patience, my children, don't be so quick to condemn.... <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt="Tongue" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 1093.
Thank you for the replies so far and keep them coming. Except for Salty-Eagle, it sounds grim. New question to add to the thread: I already have the tags and tracking numbers, do I send them into the wild or take them to the occasional event cache?

I need to clarify rocks. Not really what was found on the street or empty lot but something that may spark a childs interest in geology. Here are the bugs that I have ready to go out.

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=517e52f6-9e04-42ba-8780-0aee594c329a:1833y1wb]TB2AB26 - Apache Tears[/url:1833y1wb]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=392abcaa-1534-45b7-95ad-3e1e7751eb02:1833y1wb]TB2A B2M - Utah Jasper[/url:1833y1wb]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=2f8581a5-29f2-4903-841c-c4550dddf9c7:1833y1wb]TB2AB3E - Raw TOPAZ[/url:1833y1wb]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=80ff6136-97ef-47f0-b62f-03351e7921af:1833y1wb]TB2AB43 - TEMPLE STONE[/url:1833y1wb]

[url=http://img.geocaching.com/track/2d9396ae-61fd-44c9-b2a7-cc09e472fb12.jpg:1833y1wb]This link gives you a peek at the inside of one of the Altoids cans.[/url:1833y1wb]
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2000.
[quote="TeamThom":7xmsqa3a]Thank you for the replies so far and keep them coming. Except for Salty-Eagle, it sounds grim. New question to add to the thread: I already have the tags and tracking numbers, do I send them into the wild or take them to the occasional event cache?

I need to clarify rocks. Not really what was found on the street or empty lot but something that may spark a childs interest in geology. Here are the bugs that I have ready to go out.

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=517e52f6-9e04-42ba-8780-0aee594c329a:7xmsqa3a]TB2AB26 - Apache Tears[/url:7xmsqa3a]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=392abcaa-1534-45b7-95ad-3e1e7751eb02:7xmsqa3a]TB2AB2M - Utah Jasper[/url:7xmsqa3a]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=2f8581a5-29f2-4903-841c-c4550dddf9c7:7xmsqa3a]TB2AB3E - Raw TOPAZ[/url:7xmsqa3a]

[url=http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?guid=80ff6136-97ef-47f0-b62f-03351e7921af:7xmsqa3a]TB2AB43 - TEMPLE STONE[/url:7xmsqa3a]

[url=http://img.geocaching.com/track/2d9396ae-61fd-44c9-b2a7-cc09e472fb12.jpg:7xmsqa3a]This link gives you a peek at the inside of one of the Altoids cans.[/url:7xmsqa3a][/quote:7xmsqa3a]

Well I got to admit those are pretty cool rocks. I would be excited to see them in a cache.

Also I should clarify that I do believe keeping(stealing) travel bugs is wrong.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2562.
those are some very cool travel bugs! i'd release them into the wild rather than keep them around to be discovered. those utah rocks would be a hit as travelers, and hopefully they will last a long time!
i just got a batch of travel bug tags so i'll be sending some more out soon as well.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2386.
First bug was set free yesterday. More this weekend.
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2000.
I am happy to help some TB's getting started in W-Europe ( The Netherlands). It seems that in this part of the world TB's stay in play for a longer time and the chance of visting different countries is much better.
Of course some of them disappear, but I think most geocachers do not collect TB's overhere. They prefer to keep them travelling.

So if your are interested send me a PM, maybe we can work something out (i.e. sending over by mail ).

greetz,

Lemfisk (Johan) from The Netherlands
Last update on December 31, 4:00 pm by 2567.

I'm about to buy a pack of four travel bugs. I want to send one to all fifty states, and let two have a race to some other country (dunno where yet). Any ideas for the fourth?


Also, if one of them is MIA, how long would you all recommend waiting before sending out another, homemade one, with the same code?

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