15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania

If you only know Romania for Count Dracula, it might be time to catch up with the rest of the travel industry. With beautiful castles, historic cities, breathtaking scenery, picturesque towns, and more hiking than your gear can handle, this central European nation is quickly becoming a favorite off-the-beaten-path vacation destination.

To see what you’re missing out on, read on for the 15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania:

1. Live out your princess dreams at Corvin Castle in Hunedoara

Trover photo by Jonas Vesterlund

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13 Remarkable Rice Terraces

Providing more than a fifth of the total calories consumed by humans worldwide, rice is a pretty incredible grain. Also incredible are the beautifully intricate rice terraces that were used in early mass farming of the world’s favorite ancient grain.

While terraced fields can be found all over the world, below are 13 of our “hand-picked” favorite remarkable rice terraces:

1. The 2,000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces in Banaue, Philippines

Considered by some to be the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” and it’s easy to why.

Trover photo by Cam Wears


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Best Secret Swimming Holes in North America

Henry James said, “’Summer afternoonsummer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Here at Trover we have searched for the best places to cool off for a summer afternoon and created a list of the most secret swimming holes so you can escape your cube and practice your back flip in private. Check out our favorite spots to cool off as we enter the second half of summer.

Looking Glass Falls, Transylvania County, North Carolina

Follow the path from the popular waterfall to the much quieter plunge pool.

lookign glass

Photo by Hayley Lundgren.

Jacob’s Well, Hays County, Texas

A karstic spring explored and mapped by some very brave cave divers.


Photo by Stephen Leonardi.

Camp Orr, Newton County, Arkansas

Twin Falls offers a refreshing spot to cool off in the hot Arkansas summers.


Photo by Jeremy Nguyen.

Bruce Peninsula State Park, Ontario

The Grotto is a gorgeous spot in Ontario for swimming with cool clear water for swimming and splashing.


Photo by Ai Long.

Hamilton Pool, Travis County, Texas

Popular with Austin visitors and locals for cooling off in the strong Texas summer heat.

hamilton pool

Photo by wonders of back roads.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai

Located near Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, this is the former swimming hole of Hawaiian royalty.

queen's bath

Photo by MapNomads.

Need more ideas for fun escapes? Check out our Epic Roadtrip photos here. Find more places to make a splash on Trover.com.

#WeekendGetaway Travel Photo Sweepstakes

Summer is officially half over and pumpkin everything will be here before we know it. It’s time to make the most of the remaining sunny days. Time for a Weekend Getaway.

Worthy weekend getaways are everywhere: a visit to the bright lights of the big city, a cabin retreat in the mountains, a stroll through a sunny seaside beach town. Inspire other travelers with your photos – and you might win $1500.

Ready to get started? Upload your #WeekendGetaway photos now!


Your #WeekendGetaway photo, like this one by Rachel Samanyi, could win $1500. 

Sweepstakes Details & How to Enter

1) Upload an original photo of a Weekend Getaway destination to Trover.

2) Write some great details about the Getaway. (You could talk about what to do there, and share any tips to travelers who want to go on the same getaway in the future.)

3) Include “#WeekendGetaway” in the details field.

4) Post your discovery and it will be entered to win $1500!

If you want a more detailed explanation about how to enter a Trover Sweepstakes, check out our How to Enter a Trover Contest blog post.

This is a sweepstakes. The more awesome Weekend Getaway photos you upload, the higher your chance of winning $1500!

Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 10, 2015.

Already posted your Weekend Getaway photos to Trover? That’s great! Just edit the photo’s description to include “#WeekendGetaway” and it will be automatically entered for the sweepstakes.

Read complete rules and eligibility.

Questions? Talk to us at feedback@trover.com.

#Waterlust Photo Challenge Winner

We love water here at Trover HQ. Turns out, so do you!

Over the past week, you shared more than 5,000 incredible photos from nearly 140 countries around the world, making #Waterlust one of our most successful photo challenges ever! THANK YOU!

Your record-breaking participation provided us countless hours of lusting over beautiful locations around the world, locations perfect for swimming, diving, boating, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, tubing, scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing, beaching, waterfall sliding, cliff jumping, and so much more. And while every discovery you posted made us want to pack our bags and jump right in, only one could win the photo challenge and $1,500 grand prize.

That photo is…

This inspirational shot, capturing the pure joy of adventure atop Mt. Rinjani‘s volcanic hot springs. Kudos to photographer Martin Yong!

Waterlust travel photo contest winner, hot springs at Mt Rinjani.

Thanks for satisfying our #Waterlust and sharing the beauty from your corner of the globe, Martin! Enjoy the $1,500 prize – we hope to see more of your discoveries on Trover soon!

To see more inspiring photos from Martin, follow him on Trover. And of course, keep an eye on the Trover blog for our next photo contest!