December 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Jelle Canipel!

Trover Scholarship Laurels - Jelle Canipel

Who is Jelle Canipel? He’s a travel photographer and explorer at heart who shares his awe-inspiring and bewitching travel finds with the Trover community. Jelle filled us in on a few photo secrets and his future travel plans.

Photo of Jelle Canipel, December Scholarship recipientA passionate traveler, photographer, and an IT professional to boot, Jelle’s dedication to exploration led him to open his own travel agency specializing in the Balkan countries. One peek at Jelle’s photos will have you packing your bags to this beautiful and oft-overlooked region.

An ever enthusiastic and energetic optimist, Jelle thinks “smiling is the best.” Even after a rollercoaster year in travel when his new photography equipment was stolen before a Faroe Islands photo trip, Jelle maintained an optimistic perspective. Making the best of a tough situation, he captured the magic of the islands with the help of friends and kind people encountered through social media! We’re crossing our fingers that Jelle is shooting with his own gear soon for 2018 travel plans to Lofoten and Laos. We can’t wait to see his discoveries from Norway’s idyllic islands and along the magnificent Mekong.

Photo Collage: Mountain range, boy on horse, waterfall, riverside cottages

Breathtaking views of nature and local traditions include a few of Jelle’s favorite finds shared on Trover. (Left to right: Italy’s Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Issyk Kul of Kyrgyzstan, Waterfall Pericnik in Slovenia, and Kayserberg, France).

Jelle notes that good planning is key to capturing epic travel photos, but that enjoying the moment and the scene is most important. Jelle’s stunning photos and thoughtful descriptions keep us inspired, so we asked Jelle what inspires his adventures. “I love the mountains and like some hiking or climbing. . . a destination that offers such a combination draws my attention. I also like the North/Scandinavian countries, there is such a pure atmosphere and incredible nature.” Jelle loves the thrill of travel, finding your way in a new place while making memories, and feeling alive!

A longtime member of Trover, Jelle joined to see the fantastic places and tips people were sharing. He looks to friends and other photographers to find his next travel spot and keeps an eye on social media for ideas, which inspired his trip to Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. Variety and adventure are also important for his travel planning, adding that “one of my top travel wishes is doing the Trans Siberian Railroad. Train journeys are special and just an amazing experience.” All aboard for adventure!

Sunrise view of rock outcropping overlooking mountains and river

“The troll’s tongue (Trolltunga) is a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain about 700 metres above the Ringedalsvatnet lake in Norway.” —Jelle Canipel

Be sure to follow Jelle on Trover to inspire your own epic travels! You can also catch him on Instagram or head to his website to see more examples of his photography and to plan your own adventure to Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia or Montenegro! Thank you, Jelle, for sharing your enchanting discoveries and travel inspiration with the Trover community. Enjoy the $500 for travel!


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