June 2019 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 Sue Scimeca!


Meet Sue Scimeca! Her passion for travel began early, exploring the US in a pop-up trailer. Now retired from the healthcare field, this lifelong Illinois resident loves to keep busy, heading out with her trusty & lightweight Canon SX30IS. Her photography hobby lets her capture beautiful memories and has snagged a few awards in the process. In addition to travel & photography, Sue volunteers at a local hospital, loves to garden, has raised tropical fish, bred Siamese cats, and is now active in the Audobon Society! Her secret travel tip is to “make friends in the country you want to visit. . . you will have a much better experience letting them show you around.” We asked Sue to tell us about her favorite experiences she’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Sue. . . 

Conwy, Wales
A medieval walled town that belongs to Conwy Castle—our first real castle, complete and mainly intact. We spent several days in a fisherman’s cottage here and got the real feel for the town, especially the Jackdaws calling from the Castle walls.

Conwy Castles, Wales. Castle tower against blue sky.

Conwy, Wales. Photo by Sue Scimeca.

Isle of Wright, England
This was the thrill of a lifetime for me. While seeing England for 17 days with friends in Portsmouth, they suggested going across the Solent to see the Isle of Wright. The choice was a ferry or this, a Hovercraft. Of course, I had to take the Hovercraft and enjoyed the thrill of scheming over the waves on a cushion of air.

Two large hover crafts sitting on pavement.

Isle of Wright, England. Photo by Sue Scimeca.

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is my home base and there is nothing more thrilling than discovering all its secrets. No matter how long you live here, you have never seen it all. So when we aren’t planning a trip away we make Chicago our “stay vacation,” hop on the train, or take our car and seek out all the treasures in Chicago we haven’t found yet. After all, Chicago set a new tourism record with nearly 58 million visitors in 2018, so there are many draws to our great city for everyone around the world. It isn’t just all about the “Bean” that makes people come here.

View of large orange abstract sculpture with city skyline in background shot from tour bus.

Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Sue Scimeca.

Thank you, Sue, for sharing your insights with the Trover community and inspiring us to look for the hidden gems both near & far. Your joy of exploration is infectious! Be sure to follow Sue on Trover. Dig into the 600+ discoveries she’s shared so far and see what she finds on her upcoming Baltic cruise, including a visit to Sweden! She’ll fulfill a lifelong dream of exploring her grandparents’ homeland. You can also keep up with Sue on Instagram and 500px. Enjoy the $500 for travel, Sue. We can’t wait to see what you find on your next adventure!

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