November 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Adventures of a Scotsman!

Laurels surrounding text of "Adventures of a Scotsman"

Who is behind Adventures of a Scotsman? David Ritchie, a Scottish explorer picking the best finds in his own backyard to share with fellow travelers like you! We asked David to tell us a few details about himself and pass along his tips for discovering the land of the Highlands, the Hebrides & haggis!  Continue reading

Fall: 7 Unexpected Places

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” so says F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. It’s true. Fall ushers in cool breezes, changing leaves, and a longing for back to school time. While many people think of the east coast when when the leaves start changing, there are many places in the US where you can find gorgeous quilts of fall colors. We have rounded up some places where you can watch the leaves turn color and start over again. Plan your next fall getaway with us.

1. Shenandoah National Park


Photo by Sue Cummings & Bruce Howard.

2. St. Andrews, Scotland


Photo by City Circus Wandering.

3. Quebec City, CA


Photo by My Wanderlusty Life.

4. Munich, Germany


Photo by Sparkz.

5. The Ozarks, Arkansas


Photo by J. Bo.

6. Napa Valley, CA


Photo by Girl Gone Travel.

7. Leavenworth, WA


Photo by Micha Ollerton.

Ready to jump in some piles of leaves this fall? Find more inspiration for your fall getaways here, here, and here. And as always, come on by to meet some fellow travelers and find out more about the planet you inhabit.

Abandoned Places: 7 Spots To Look For Ghosts

There is something romantic about an abandoned place that was once inhabited that is now silent and still. You can feel the energy of who came before, who lived and worked in a once thriving place. As you walk through trees and look around corners you can almost see the people who lived in a particular environment. Abandoned places can work their way into your soul. As we head towards the darker days of fall, here are some places to go find some ghosts and spirits.

1. Valley of the Mills, Sorrento, Italy


Photo by Brink of the World | The Brinkmanns.

2. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland


Photo by Adina Troper Dayan.

3. Bodie, CA


Photo by Paul Cloutier.

4. Lake Reschen, Italy


Photo by Swiss Nomads.

5. Craco, Italy


Photo by Luxe Adventure Traveler.

6. Spreepark, Germany


Photo by Felix Ingetmer.

7. Eastern State Penitentiary, PA


Photo by Jessica Jacobs.

Check out more ghostly places here, here, and here. Looking for a different kind of trip? Come on over to and get inspired.

Scotland: 9 Extraordinary Places To Love

Voltaire famously said, ““We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization.” This country of craggy cliffs, heathered highlands, and rich cultural traditions provides nourishment for both the head and the heart. Walk the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh and take in the local music and art. Or hike around the mysterious Loch Ness to look for the elusive Nessie. Is the sea calling? Choose to sail out to the windswept Shetland Islands or test your hiking skills and climb to the summit of the mighty Ben Nevis. As Voltaire famously observed, Scotland offers some of the best cultural and outdoor experiences in Europe.

1. Loch Ness


Photo by Larissa Cruz.

2. Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Photo by Anna Golosuja.

3. Cairngorms National Park


Photo by Sasha Taylor.

4. Glencoe


Photo by Angela Newlands.

5. Loch Lomond


Photo by Morag Gardner.

6. Isle of Skye


Photo by Tim & Nat.

7. Shetland Islands


Photo by Ryan Sandison.

8. Orkney Islands


Photo by Tom Page.

9. Edinburgh


Photo by Adventurous Kate.

Find more gorgeous photos of Scotland here, here, and here. If you are looking for more fall travel ideas, head on over to for more inspiration.

12 Unbelievably Cool Photos of Scotland

Some people say a picture alone says a thousand words.

Well, these 12 photos are saying at least two: visit Scotland!


Trover photo by Jimmy Dau

Trover photo by Jimmy Dau

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