The Emerald Isle: 13 Stunning Ireland Discoveries

From cliffside ruins to rolling pastures and quaint, cozy villages, the stunning country of Ireland looks like something out of a storybook. Known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland has a rich and complex history, including Viking invasion, 800 years of English rule and over 30,000 castles and castle ruins. And for those with a crippling fear of snakes, Saint Patrick himself was said to have banished the serpents long ago!

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, a quintessential Irish celebration, we’ve assembled some of the most spectacular Trover discoveries across the lush, green island.

1. The Cliffs of Moher in Clare, Ireland

Photo by shawn boyle

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Natural Wonders of China: 11 Stunning Sights

Beyond its bustling urban centers and monuments rich with history and mystery, China is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The fourth largest country in the world, and the most populous, China’s landscapes range from snowy peaks to sandy dunes to dense, green forests, and everything in between.

To inspire a bit of travel envy, we’ve collected 10 discoveries that depict the magnificent and diverse natural features of China. Afterall, travel season is just around the corner.

1. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park a.k.a. “Avatar Mountains”

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Trover’s Discovery of the Year!

We asked YOU to make the final pick for Trover’s Discovery of the Year by thanking your favorites and touching the hearts️ of Trovers like you. And the results are in. .  .

Congratulations to Meg Jaeger! Meg captured Switzerland’s majestic Matterhorn meeting the early morning light. This magical sunrise moment nabbed Meg a $750 Expedia Travel Prize. Time for more Troving, Meg! We can’t wait to see your next adventure.

Matterhorn peak reflected in lake at sunrise

Trover’s Discovery of the Year 2017. Photo by Meg Jaeger of Zermatt, Switzerland

With so many spectacular discoveries, the contest was close! Honorable Mentions and high fives to Jeff Larson for his hidden waterfall hike in Utah, to Amritha for her picturesque pink lake in Mexico, and to David Bjorgen for his radiant reflections from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Collage of canyon waterfall, woman standing at pink lake, and architecture at a mosque

Honorable Mention to Jeff Larson, Amritha & David Bjorgen

Thank you to everyone for sharing the world with the Trover community and showing love to your fellow Trovers. You made 2017 a wonderful adventure brimming with breathtaking discoveries, keen insider tips, and fascinating travel stories! From the hippest hot spots to hidden gems off the beaten path, your far-flung finds have shown us the best of everywhere. Check out Trover’s Best of 2017, thank and follow all of the nominees for their amazing discoveries, and get inspired for your next adventure. Keep sharing your jaw-dropping finds and travel tips in 2018—you might take home the next prize!

Best of Trover 2017 – a photo list by Trover

9 Ski Heavens from Around the World

Winter break may be over, but ski season is still in full swing! Experience mountain sports and adventure at all corners of the world, from New Zealand to Japan! These mountains offer fabulous skiing, snow-shoeing and other activities. Add these winter wonderlands to your own travel list.

1. Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington, USA

Photo by Joe Giberson

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10 Mesmerizing Frozen Waterfalls

Few natural wonders demonstrate the awe-inspiring beauty and power of nature as dramatically as waterfalls. Watching water spill over the edge of a cliff is thrilling. But have you seen a waterfall frozen in time? As the seasons change, some waterfalls go from plentiful endless streams to dynamic icy sculptures. There’s something absolutely mesmerizing about frozen waterfalls, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself!

1. Waterfall Pericnik

Trover photo by Dani Turnšek

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