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

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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

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

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

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4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

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

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

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

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

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9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

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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

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

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13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

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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!


13 Ledges That Will Test Your Fear of Heights

For fearless mountain climbers, the world offers no shortage of incredible cliffs, ledges, ridges, and mountain faces to tackle. But with the thrill of the climb and the reward of jaw-dropping views comes heights which can be paralyzing to some.

To save you the hard work and the crippling fear that might overcome you, we’ve assembled some of the most awesome ledges from around the world. Read on to see what your comfort zone is:

1. Trolltunga (“Troll’s Tongue”) cliff above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Odda, Norway

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12 Amazing Photos from China

Covering an area of over 9 billion square kilometers, China really is a huge place to get lost in. With national gems that range from being 10 years old to thousands of years old, it’s a great place for any curious traveler!

Here are just 12 reasons to make a trip to China:

1. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai.

Trover photo by Mark Rentz

Trover photo by Mark Rentz

2. Li River, Guilin.

Trover photo by The Planet D

Trover photo by The Planet D

3. Great Wall of China, Beijing.

Trover photo by Ai Long

Trover photo by Ai Long

4. Opera House, Beijing.

Trover photo by Juan Valdés

Trover photo by Juan Valdés

5. Yak Meadow, Lijiang.

Trover photo by Dave Terry

Trover photo by Dave Terry

6. Yellow Mountain (Huangshan).

7. The Hanging Monastery, Datong.

Trover photo by Ai Long

Trover photo by Ai Long

8. Xizhou village, Yunnan.

Trover photo by  Benjamin Sørensen

Trover photo by Benjamin Sørensen

9. Temple of Heaven, Beijing.

Trover photo by Carl Bolstad

Trover photo by Carl Bolstad

10. Tiger Leaping Gorge, Deqen.

Trover photo by Thijs

Trover photo by Thijs

11. Road to Danba, Ganzi.

Trover photo by  TurtlesTravel

Trover photo by TurtlesTravel

12. Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an.

Trover photo by Fabiana Ciatti

Trover photo by Fabiana Ciatti

Here’s an even longer list of awesome things to do in China: Explore China.

18 Photos of Montana that will Make You Drool

As the fourth-largest state in the U.S., Montana boasts a lot more than big sky. Though of course there’s lots of that, too.

Below are 18 of our favorite user discoveries from the beautiful state of Montana. See the full list here, but viewer beware: excessive ogling may cause unexpected trip planning.

1. Bearhat Mountain, Glacier National Park


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