#BVSBlue Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kirsten Quist for capturing this beautiful blue celestial scene! This discovery from New Zealand’s Cape Campbell in this winning entry of our #BVSBlue Photo Contest. Congrats, Kirsten—you’re going to Crete for a photo clinic with Trover Ambassador Brendan van Son!

Kirsten Quist‘s winning #BVSBlue discovery from Cape Campbell, New Zealand.

You’ll have to get up early (or go to bed late) to capture the Milky Way in its luminous wonder. Kirsten shared her experience of snapping this starry night.

After a 2:15AM start, a couple hours of driving through fields of cattle and abandoned sheds, and finally a short walk, I arrived at the private entrance (with permission of course) to Cape Campbell lighthouse. I was awarded with a stunning night sky and a peaceful stargazing experience, only interrupted by a beautiful sunrise.

Thanks, Kirsten! Brendan and the Trover team loved the thoughtful description and dramatic perspective of this travel-worthy find. Follow Kirsten on Trover to see more of her impressive discoveries and find out where she heads next!

Competition was fierce for the coveted spot in Brendan’s photo clinic and we were blown away by the stunning discoveries from the Trover community! Honorable Mentions and high fives to Dalibor Brlek for this colorful solar installation from Croatia, to Tim Durtschi for his instant adrenaline rush from Crater Lake, and to Dennis Skyum for his rail station rainbow from Sweden.

Honorable Mention to Dalibor Brlek, Tim Durtschi & Dennis Skyum

Explore the full list of #BVSBlue discoveries to experience the bounty of beautiful blue hues that paint our world. Follow your fellow Trovers, thank your favorites, and keep sharing your photos & travel tips from the wide blue yonder!

Thank you to everyone for participating and adding to the mosaic of awesome. Follow Trover on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. You might see yourself featured or find out your next chance to trove & win!

15 Sights Not To Miss On Your Road Trip Through Iceland

If you’re a travel junkie, chances are, Iceland is on your bucket list. The incredible island of fire and ice has recently caught the attention of nature lovers from all over the world. At the end of the day, after seeing the multitude of photos of the beautiful Icelandic horses, majestic waterfalls, breathtaking glaciers, intriguing black beaches, stunning fjords, and unique hot springs all over the island, who wouldn’t want to visit this magical country? However, with the immense amount of things to see and do, planning a trip to Iceland can be a bit overwhelming. According to your fellow travelers on Trover, the most efficient way to see all of the iconic sights of Iceland is by car. So, when in Iceland, here are 15 sights not to miss on your road trip around the infamous Ring Road:

1. Hallgrimskirkja

Trover photo by Leo Li

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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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#BeachTips Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Lillian Cano for her beautiful #BeachTips discovery, a memorable find of the century-old Peter Iredale shipwreck! This contrasting capture of soft sunrise colors and weathered iron on the shores of Oregon is the winning entry of our #BeachTips Photo Contest. Congrats, Lillian—enjoy your $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Rusted ship ribs on the beach against a colorful sunrise

Lillian Cano’s winning #BeachTips discovery from Clatsop County, Oregon.

The resting place of the Peter Iredale can be found at Fort Stevens State Park on the Oregon coast. Lillian offers a great photo tip and historic insight for her winning #BeachTips contribution. “Get there at sunrise and you’ll be treated to a magical and mysterious color show! The sailing vessel ran ashore in 1906. The rough sea makes the beach unsafe for swimming, but it’s a fabulous spot for a long walk. Or go at sunset with a glass of wine and repeat Captain Lawrence’s last toast to the ship: ‘May God bless you, and may your bones bleach in the sands.’ Cheers!”

Cheers to you, Lillian! We can’t wait to see your next spectacular find! Be sure to follow Lillian on Trover to see all of her dreamy discoveries. Thanks to everyone for your awesome #BeachTips. Like this rooftop beach! And this hidden paradise! Explore the complete list of #BeachTips to find your next adventure of sand and surf!

A special thank you to our friend and traveler extraordinaire Aileen Adalid for selecting the winning discovery of the #BeachTips Photo Contest—with so many spectacular discoveries, it’s no easy feat! Thank you, Aileen. Find Aileen on Trover and check out her blog I Am Aileen.

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The Golden State: 12 California Park Discoveries

National parks and state parks and local parks, oh my! The state of California is chock-full of diverse and wonderous protected lands, from the towering canyons and valleys of Yosemite National Park to stretches of warm and sandy coastlines.

Whether you’re planning a summer road trip down the West Coast, in search of an interesting place to camp, or just perusing, we’ve assembled some of the best Trover discoveries that capture the beauty of California’s many parks.

1. Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County

Photo by Sam Wibowo

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