July 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 Michael Schuier!


Meet Michael Schuier! This avid traveler recently made the leap from gerontology student to full-time photographer. You can see what this pro is shooting with down below! A longtime member of the Trover community, he started out sharing finds close to home in Georgia. The feedback from fellow Trovers pushed his photography and travels further. His adventures often focus on the United States where he can travel longer and more frugally, noting there’s a lot to see! In addition to photos, Michael collects sand as a keepsake of his adventures. His mantle proudly displays a colorful array of sandy souvenirs from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah, North Carolina’s Topsail Island, the black sand beaches of Iceland, and many more. As he pursues photography fulltime, Michael hopes to meet more members of the Trover community.  We asked Michael to tell us about his favorite experiences he’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Michael. . .  Continue reading

#Culture Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Sam Antonio for his dynamic discovery from Arizona! This colorful capture of traditional Native dance from the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest is the winning entry of our #Culture Photo Contest. Congratulation, Sam—enjoy your $2000 Expedia travel prize!

Person in traditional Native American dress dancing with hoops.

Sam Antonio’s #Culture discovery from Arizona

Trover Ambassador Oneika had a tough time pouring over so many impressive entries, filled with color, life, and amazing info! Oneika notes that she loves the vibrancy, emotion, descriptive info, and unique cultural phenomenon Sam shared from Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The museum is “dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art” and hosts the annual Hoop Dance World Championships. Sam shares that “hoop dancing is a long-standing tradition in many Native cultures. Passed down from one generation to the next, hoop dancing communicates individual and tribal stories using hoops to create symbols and depict animals of great meaning in Native communities. The continuous circle of the hoops symbolizes the circle of life and the continual changing of the seasons.” Thank you, Sam, for sharing your spectacular photos and highlighting this beautiful art! Check out more of Sam’s finds and follow him on Trover to see what he discovers next.

Thank you to Oneika for making the tough decision and to all of the Trover community for sharing your extraordinary examples of #Culture! See the full list to discover the mosaic of awesome all around us!

Breweries: 9 Outstanding Brewpubs

Beer is recognized as one of the world’s oldest beverages. Starting with the cultivation of cereals, breweries and beer have been part of the world’s cultures and social gatherings for thousands of years. In fact, rules for brewing beer are part of the 2000 year old Babylonian Code of Hammurabi: one of the oldest written set of laws ever discovered. Today, the world’s oldest operating brewery is the Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, run by Benedictine monks since 720.

To celebrate this important part of the human experience, we at Trover have selected a few choice spots in the United States for you to celebrate. Each brewery has a unique approach that highlights the rich cultural heritage and delicious tastes of craft beer. Take a look at the below brewpubs that are located from Tampa to Tempe. Bottoms up!

1. Goose Island, Chicago, IL

gooseisland

Photo by Barney Harford.

Continue reading

15 Best Fall Road Trips in the U.S.

Fall is the perfect time for a road trip. Not only do fall road trips offer relief from the heat and tourists of summer, but in many places they offer a breathtaking look at the foliage of changing seasons, just before the cold of winter sets in.

If you like crisp air, colorful fall leaves, and driving on scenic routes past mountains, forests, rivers and farms, you will love this list of the 15 Best Fall Road Trips in the U.S.:

1. See the famous Aspen groves in Telluride, Colorado

Aspens in Telluride, Colorado

Trover photo by Peyton Hale

Continue reading

12 Cheap Honeymoon Ideas That Don’t Feel Cheap

Weddings are expensive. But that shouldn’t mean you have to have skimp on the Honeymoon just to save a few bucks. It also shouldn’t mean you have to go into debt just to have a relaxing vacation with your new partner.

Thankfully, there are tons of great cheap honeymoon ideas that will save you money without feeling cheap. From overlooked tropical destinations to hidden getaways in your own backyard, there are hundreds of amazing alternatives to the big-ticket Honeymoon spots. To help get you started with the planning, we’ve picked 12 of our favorite Cheap Honeymoon Ideas That Don’t Feel Cheap:

1. Jamaica

Jamaica Honeymoon

Trover photo by Jennifer Hott-Greenway

Continue reading