#Golden Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Lubos Capcara for his serene #Golden hour capture, a quaint cabin scene within the sun-streaked Dolomites! This magical discovery from Italy is the winning entry of our #Golden Photo Contest. Congrats, Lubos—enjoy your $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Lubos Capcara’s winning entry from Sëlva, Italy.

You’ll want to add this Italian wonder to your bucket list. Be sure to pack your camera for the endless photo ops! Lubos shares his own experience in this picture perfect setting. “We were in this place like for 3 hours and didn’t get enough. Weather and light was changing so fast that we could make a calendar :).”

Thank you, Lubos, for sharing your gorgeous photo and experience! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures. Follow Lubos on Trover to see more of his fabulous finds. Thank you to all of the Trover community for sharing your #Golden nuggets of travel knowledge. We were blown away by your discoveries. Like this iconic landmark. And this architectural hot spot. Get a little travel inspiration and show love to all of the #Golden contributors!

9 Ski Heavens from Around the World

Winter break may be over, but ski season is still in full swing! Experience mountain sports and adventure at all corners of the world, from New Zealand to Japan! These mountains offer fabulous skiing, snow-shoeing and other activities. Add these winter wonderlands to your own travel list.

1. Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington, USA

Photo by Joe Giberson

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16 Ways to Explore the Natural Beauty of Slovenia

Slovenia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes. But this tiny Central European country is packed with dramatic waterfalls, stunning mountain peaks, and sparkling emerald waters around every corner.

With prime spots for hiking, kayaking, and simply taking in that fresh mountain air, Slovenia has something to offer for every kind of traveler. So in addition to taking in its idyllic towns and delicious eats, make sure to check out some of these natural beauties on your next visit:

1. Lake Bled

Trover photo by Jonas Vesterlund

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The 7 Most Beautiful New Zealand Lakes

New Zealand is a land of endless beauty. From mountains to prairies, beaches to glaciers, New Zealand offers its visitors some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Especially magical are the country’s many glacial lakes, which feature vibrant, mineral-rich water and sweeping views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the land of the Kiwis or simply looking for some travel inspiration, this list of the most beautiful New Zealand lakes will definitely make you want to jump right in:

1. The Emerald Lakes

Emerald Lakes in New Zealand

Trover photo by Stoked for Saturday

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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!