Discovery of the Year 2018!

We asked YOU to decide which of 2018’s dazzling discoveries would be named Trover’s Discovery of the Year. You thanked your favorites and touched the hearts of fellow Trovers, and the final tally is in. .  .

Congratulations to Jay Ngai! Jay’s electric find of Hong Kong’s Tak Hing Street reflects a changing cityscape. Jay takes home a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize and ultimate bragging rights. Time for more Troving, Jay! We can’t wait to see where you head next.

Neon signs reflected on car top.

Trover’s Discovery of the Year 2018. Photo by Jay Ngai of Tak Hing Street, Hong Kong.

The competition was close with so many fantastic discoveries! Honorable Mentions and high fives to Brent Hall for his Valley of Fire freeway in Nevada, to Mike DiRenzo for his sun-streaked slot canyon in Arizona, and to Gerrit Ebert for his magical Milky Way shot from New Mexico.

Photo Collage: Highway in desert, sunlight streaming through slot canyon, and orange tent under milky way.

Honorable Mention to Brent Hall, Mike DiRenzo & Gerrit Ebert.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your travels with the Trover community and showing love to your fellow explorers. From far-flung adventures to local gems, your awe-inspiring finds have lit the way to discovery and made 2018 a wonderful journey. Check out Trover’s Best of 2018 to get inspired, and remember to thank and follow all of the nominees for their amazing discoveries. Keep sharing your unique perspectives and travel stories in 2019—you might snag the next prize!

Best of Trover 2018 – a photo list by Trover

Exploring Portugal: 14 Stunning Sights

The westernmost country of mainland Europe, Portugal is the continent’s oldest nation-state, having maintained the same borders since 1139. A country as old as it is, Portugal is rich in history and culture, in addition to stunning natural attractions. From buildings decorated in 17th-century tilework to vibrant blue oceans to a 100-year-old urban elevator, this coastal country offers both urban gems and a taste of paradise.

We’ve collected 14 images from across Trover that capture Portugal’s wonderful essence.

1. The Bica Funicular in Lisbon

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Modern Architecture: Awe-Inspiring #Details

From the framing of towering urban skyscrapers to the tiles that line subway stations, some of the most interesting images are hidden in the details. We received so many awe-inspiring #Details contributions from the Trover community, we’re revisiting some of the outstanding discoveries shared by your fellow Trovers. Without further ado, here are 1o #Details discoveries focused on modern, geometric, and futuristic architecture.

1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Photo by Tony Wallbank

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11 Unusual Museums Around the World

The Lourve, the Met, the Uffizi Gallery – all iconic destinations that are must-sees in each of their respective cities. But what about the Instant Ramen museum in Ikeda, Japan? Or the pinball museum in Seattle, Washington? Despite maybe not having as much historical significance, these museums are sure to provide a fun way to spend an hour or two in any travel venture. Take a look at the ones we found for you here:

1. Cow Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Cow Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo by Emma King

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10 Shining Examples of Japanese Architecture

After you’ve walked the cherry blossom gardens and had the best sushi of your life, you’re bound to encounter beautiful architecture throughout Japan. From castles and pagodas to Shinto shrines, temples and historic buildings provide a glimpse of Japan’s past and cultural roots, while modern structures highlight forward-thinking technology and global influences. Enjoy a few examples of the eye-catching architecture that Japan has to offer.

1. Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan

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