13 Awesome Shipwrecks Around the World

Shipwrecks offer a glimpse into the past, serve as artificial reefs for tropical marine life, and, let’s be honest, totally inspire our inner pirates and mermaids. What’s not to love?

Thankfully, the oceans and beaches of the world are dotted with thousands of shipwrecks just waiting to be explored, photographed, and gawked at. To kickstart your marine explorer mode, here are 13 of the Most Awesome Shipwrecks from Around the World:

1. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon

Trover photo by Blayden Thompson

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Get On Island Time

Islands live in our dreams and myths. They represent a place to leave your worries, cares, and in some cases, your whole identity behind. We here at Trover have ventured into the seven seas to find you the most beautiful islands to visit and find out the real meaning of island time.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

With sugar sand beaches in Grace Bay and craggy Chalk Sound, there are endless opportunities to snorkel, scuba, sail, and paddle board on this exceptionally beautiful island.

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Photo by Rebecca Pattee.

Maui, Hawaii

In addition to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, you can play hide and seek in a bamboo forest or drive the road to Hana with towns that still run on old fashioned Hawaiian time.

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Photo by Waterlogged Travels.

Roatán, Honduras

This tropical paradise offers diving in the second largest coral reef in the world along with land adventures such as horseback riding on the beach.

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Photo by Krassi Hristova.

Santorini, Greece

The iconic images of Santorini’s white washed houses set on cliffs high above volcanic ash beaches promise relaxation. Wander the beaches, stroll through charming Greek villages, and learn about the history of Greece through archeology sites..

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Photo by Joey Tristan.

Ko Tao, Thailand

Less developed than Ko Samui, Ko Tao is popular with 20-something backpackers.

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Photo by Serendipity Tess.

Madeira, Portugal

Hike above the clouds in the morning on one of the many great hiking trails and enjoy a glass of the sweet wine in the afternoon.

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Photo by Phototravel360.

Bali, Indonesia

Pristine beaches, amazing scuba diving, and a rich cultural heritage make Bali a fantastic island to explore.

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Photo by Jewelzee.

Mauritius

This luxury travel destination was once home to the humble Dodo bird, now extinct.

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Photo by Christy Woodrow.

Bora Bora

Part of French Polynesia, this beautiful island with flourishing coral reefs and beautiful beaches also offers world class French cuisine.

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Photo by Herbert Nikus.

Fernando di Noronha, Brazil

A UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique environment, this island located 220 miles off of the coast of Brazil offers amazing flora and fauna to a select few.

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Photo by Claudia Macambira.

Looking for more castaway destinations? Take a look here. Find more amazing destinations on Trover.com.

Should you stay or should you go? Top 10 places to visit in Greece.

The Greek crisis has a lot of travelers and Trovers asking: should I stay or should I go? The answer is a resounding: Go! Greece remains a leader in travel and expects no problems with supplies, transportation or venues. And while there are some challenges with the banks, you can and should bring enough Euros to cover your trip. Cash, along with your foreign credit cards, will help you enjoy Greek hospitality. So grab your passport and get going! Here are the top places in Greece to visit:

Santorini

With white-washed houses and striking black beaches, Santorini is one of most ancient and beautiful islands in Greece. Make sure to visit, Oia, the oldest settlement on the island.

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Photo by klustra81.

Mykonos

Known for beaches and nightlife, this island has been a glamorous destination for international travelers since the 1950’s.

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Photo by Majid Shaheen.

The Parthenon, The Acropolis, Athens

This icon of Athens sits on top of a hill and its ancient functions continue to remain a mystery.

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Photo by Shelly&Scott@TheAmateurAdventurer

Ruins at Delphi

The Temple of Apollo and the Theater were important places of pilgrimage for the ancient Greeks.

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Photo by Boon.

Samaria Gorge

Located on the island of Crete, the gorge is a 16km cut into the White Mountains which are located outside of the town of Chaina.

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Photo by Allan Tipon.

Crete

The center of the ancient Minoan civilization, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.

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Photo by Annie Chang.

Rhodes

Once home to the Colossus of Rhodes that towered of above the entrance of their harbor, it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.

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Photo by Velabas.

Meteora

A collection of isolated monasteries that are “suspended in the sky”.

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Photo by Sharrie Shaw.

Mycenae

A major Greek archeological site that began in the Neolithic era.

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Photo by S’door is Open.

Hydra

A charming island with a lovely port town, only feet and donkeys allowed.

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Photo by Allan Tipon.

Digging for more ancient sites? Check out more ancient ruins and temples here. Meet all of our adventure loving Trovers at Trover.com.

15 of the Most Isolated Monasteries in the World

Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.

Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.

Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries:

 

1. The incredible Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

2. The ninth-century Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan in Armenia

Trover photo by Mattyboy876

 

3. The fifth-century Hanging Temple in Datong, China

Trover photo by Ai Long

 

4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

Trover photo by Travel with all senses

 

5. The 1st-century BC Monastery at Petra in Jordan

Trover photo by Prytz

 

6. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan

Trover photo by Earth Trekkers

 

7. The 16th-century Blagaj Tekke in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trover photo by Candice Walsh

 

8. The 1st-century Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

 

9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

Trover photo by Paige Spee

 

10. Kye Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India

Trover photo by Mihir Shah

 

11. The fourth-century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery in Maçka, Turkey

Trover photo by Klando va de viaje

 

12. The sixth-century St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Israel

Trover photo by Adina Troper Dayan

 

13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

14. Basarbovo Monastery in Basarbovo, Bulgaria

 

15. Ypapanti Monastery in Kalambaka, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

How’s that for some monastic inspiration? To see more of the world’s most isolated monasteries, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own isolated discoveries on Trover!

 

20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

For those busy planning weddings, it can be easy to forget about the best part: the honeymoon! The honeymoon is your chance to let the stress and busyness of getting ready for your big day melt away as you lie on a tropical beach, stroll the streets of an ancient European city, or simply enjoy good food and the company of your partner.

To help get you started in the planning and day-dreaming, we’ve assembled a list of 20 of the most romantic honeymoon destinations from around the world. Read on for your daily dose of travel inspiration:

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Trover photo by Curiosity & Co.

 

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