10 Breathtaking Reasons To Go Stargazing

Stargazing has provided wonder and entertainment for millennia. We have found some of the most amazing points on the globe for you to bring your telescope and observe the beauty of the sky at night. Thanks to our very own Varsha B for this wonderful compilation of starry, starry nights.

1. Marakele National Park, Limpopo, South Africa

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Photo by The Travelling Chilli.

2. Bicheno Hideaway, Bicheno, Australia

The Milky Way lights up the sky above the Boathouse at the Bicheno Hideaway on Tasmania's east coast. There's few places that I've seen more stars!

Photo by Kristin Repsher.

3. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

How amazing is this?! I'd hoped for auroras to appear during our time in Tekapo, since it's known as having one of the darkest skies in the world. We were lucky enough to have it two nights running (although we could only see it with the naked eye on one of those nights). I should have known the minute I got to the Church of the Good Shepherd that they could be seen with the camera, since there was a horde of photographers all facing south, which is probably not a normal occurrence at 11pm!

Photo by Kristin Repsher

4. Noord / Tanki Leendert, Aruba

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Photo by Bob Cooley.

5. El Mirador National Park, Peten, Guatemala

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Photo by Sergio Camalich.

6. Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii

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Photo by Richard Remington.

7. Big Pine, CA

Photo by DuMarc Photography.

8. Ice Lakes Basin, CO

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Photo by Brendan Caffrey.

9. Mt. Ranier, WA

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Photo by Nathaniel Stott.

10. Fernie, BC

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Photo by Matt Ford.

Find more amazing lists from our very own Trovers here, here and here. And as always, you can find more inspiration at Trover.com.

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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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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World’s Most Beautiful Lantern Festivals

Whether floating across the night sky in the hundreds, drifting gently across the water, hanging from summer trees, draped on temples to ring in the New Year, or simply dangling from the ceiling in your bedroom, lanterns have a unique way of transfixing us with their graceful, glowing beauty.

Luckily for us, there are dozens of festivals and celebrations around the world that feature lanterns. Below are some of our favorites that have been shared by your fellow Trovers:

The Yi Peng Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Trover photo by Drew Hopper

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Camping at the Edge of the World

There is nothing like making it up the last 100 feet to enjoy the view. Even more special is spending the night and waking up for the magical golden hour. Trovers have pitched tents on cliffs, mountains and in the rain forests. Discover how you could spend a night at the edge of the world.

Queen Charlotte Bay, New Zealand

This shot is one of my favorites from the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds. The walk covers 71km along Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. This was the first lookout on the track after leaving Ship Cove, and while it wasn't the hardest to reach, it was certainly one that stuck in my mind because it was the first aerial view I got of the spectacular landscape I was hiking through!

This shot is one of my favorites from the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds. The walk covers 71km along Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. This was the first lookout on the track after leaving Ship Cove, and while it wasn’t the hardest to reach, it was certainly one that stuck in my mind because it was the first aerial view I got of the spectacular landscape I was hiking through!

Tahquamenon Falls, Luce County, Michigan

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Siskiyou, California: Mt. Shasta and the Pacific Crest Trail

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Mt. Pulag Philippines: One of the highest mountains in the Philippines

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Annapurna Base Camp: Camping on the roof of the world

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Pitch your tent at other amazing camping spots from around the world in our Ultimate Camping List. We have other amazing destination ideas for you at Trover.com.