#SweetSpot Photo Sweepstakes Winner

Savor this sweet find centuries in the making! Jim Gillespie’s delectable discovery from Lisbon is a regional treat concocted in the 18th century by an order of Catholic monks. This enlightening egg pastry is also the winning entry of the #SweetSpot Photo Sweepstakes! Congratulations to Jim who snagged the $1500 Expedia travel prize!

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Jim Gillespie’s winning #SweetSpot discovery from Lisbon, Portugal.

This bite-sized treat and historic tidbit originated in local monasteries as a secret recipe passed down through the ages. Jim describes the pastel de nata from Pastéis de Belém as “the most famous and the best in Portugal.” Save room to sate your sweet tooth, but be sure to pack your patience. “The pastry shop/cafe is always busy and the line to get seated or order to-go is always long… I tried the pastel de nata from other shops in Lisbon, but, Pastéis de Belém is truly unique and the best.” Sounds like this treat is worth the wait! Thank you, Jim, for sharing this delightful #SweetSpot and travel tip. Check out Jim’s other discoveries and follow him on Trover to get the dish on his next travel find. Congrats, Jim!

Explore the full #SweetSpot collection to get a taste of travel and to thank your fellow Trovers! Thank you to everyone who shared your #SweetSpot! Your picture-perfect gelato petals, fabulous French toast, splurge-worthy fine dining, and colorful candy kebabs left us wide-eyed and drooling. Keep sharing your mouthwatering discoveries and culinary hot spots!

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Portugal: You Can’t Miss These Top 7 Sights

Imagine old world cathedrals, historical university towns, sun splashed beaches and lush islands: this is Portugal. Once an undiscovered place that was not on travel lists for most tourists, Portugal is now a top destination for Trovers and travelers from all over the world. Discover all the charm and warmth of this beautiful, varied country for yourself.

1. Lisbon

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Photo by Joao Santana.

2. Algarve

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Photo by Fen.

3. Sintra

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Photo by Sara W.

4. Porto

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Photo by I’m Out of the Office.

5. Coimbra

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Photo by Joao Santana.

6. Funchal, Madeira

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Photo by Ana Patrascu.

7. Évora

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Photo by Fen.

Looking for more inspiration? Find out more about Lisbon and Portugal here and here. And why not swing by Trover.com and find more like-minded folks with travel tips and photos? Come on over and say Hello!

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.

Get Lost! Remote Islands

Travel to some of the world’s most remote islands to get away from it all and switch your clock to island time. There are still islands in the world where very few people live and even fewer travelers get a chance to visit. Trovers from around the world have trekked far and wide to find some of the most remote and romantic islands for your next trip. Here are 5 places that are off the map:

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Put on your flippers and find amazing snorkeling in coral reefs close to the pristine beaches.

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Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras

Snorkel and scuba in the morning and zip line in the afternoon.

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Ko Tao, Thailand

The famous turtles of this island will keep you company on white sand beaches.

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Madeira, Portugal

Pour yourself a glass of the famous wine and enjoy sweet days on this sunny island.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Find a hammock and pretend no one will ever find you at this beautiful island in the Pacific.

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Azores Islands, Portugal

Located in 800 miles east of Portugal, the Azores showcase the best of natural beauty.

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We have many more beautiful beaches for your hammock in our Gorgeous Beaches list. Even more remote and romantic destinations at Trover.com.

7 Summer Trips to Plan on Trover This Year

Did you know… not only is Trover the perfect place for posting your own travel photos, but also for getting inspiration and planning future summer trips?

A great place to start are the literally thousands of great lists filled with curated photos and discoveries from around the world. Here are 7 of our favorites to get the inspiration flowing as you plan your summer trips!

1. Explore Europe

You know you’ve always wanted to see the Colosseum in Rome, the Tower Bridge in London, the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and the thousands of other stunning and historic sites throughout Europe – so what’s keeping you from finally going?! You have a list full of all the inspiration you could ever need right here!

Trover photo by Bill Dillard

Trover photo by Johan Koke

Trover photo by Nick Bond

 

2. Iconic Places Around the World

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Neuschwanstein Castle…it’s time to make these global icons more than postcards and screensavers – check out our list of favorites and begin your bucket list planning yesterday!

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

Trover photo by Elza Hayen

Trover photo by cherishka@NomNomNomads

 

3. Gorgeous Beaches Around the World

Grab the sunscreen, a good book, and your favorite cocktail, cause this summer has a beach with your name on it! From Catseye Beach in Australia to Praia Do Amado in Portugal and the thousands of others in between, there’s sure to be a beach destination that can fit into your plans this summer.

Trover photo by Mel T

Trover photo by Henrique Santos

 

4. Explore New Zealand

New Zealand may be known best as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, but the country boasts enough natural beauty and exhilarating activities to demand more than just a quick visit. So plan a trip to explore New Zealand and stay a while!

Trover photo by MapNomads

Trover photo by Stoked for Saturday

 

5. Ancient Ruins & Temples

If you have a soft spot for history, mythology, or religion, a tour of the world’s many ancient ruins and temples may be the right summer trip for you. From the Prambanan Temple in Indonesia to the Acropolis of Athens, there’s no shortage of history to uncover this summer!

Trover photo by Bien Nguyen

Trover photo by David Bjorgen

 

6. Surf Spots

From the Mentawi Islands in Indonesia to Otaki Beach in New Zealand, there are hundreds of sick surf spots around the world. Venture outside your Californian comfort zone this summer and find new waters to play in!

Trover photo by Simon Ferguson

Trover photo by Stoked for Saturday

 

7. Camping Spots Around the World

Traveling on a budget this summer? Want to disconnect from your phone and reconnect with nature? Got a van full of kids that need to learn survival skills? Whether you explore Big Pine, California or the coast of Baja California in Mexico, there are thousands of prime camping spots around the world that can satisfy your travel needs this summer!

Trover photo by Bernini

Trover photo by The Adventure Junkies

 

How’s that for some summer trip planning inspiration? If you want more, check out some of the other great lists on the Explore tab on our website or Explore menu on our apps:

If you don’t see a list you like, make your own! Whatever you do this summer, make sure you get out, have fun, and share your adventures on Trover!