11 New Zealand Sights to Rule Them All

Snow-covered volcanoes, lush rainforests and a staggeringly high sheep-to-people ratio, it seems as if the islands of New Zealand have fallen out of the pages of a storybook… or a Hollywood script. In just the last 20 years, New Zealand has provided the backdrop for a number of big-budget blockbuster films, from King Kong to The Chronicles of Narnia series, and perhaps most notably, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

September 22nd is the birthday of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous characters, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. To celebrate these two sneaky little Hobbitses, and their beautiful land called Middle Earth, we have collected Trover discoveries from eleven of New Zealand’s most breathtaking sights.

1. The Nuns Veil in Gammack, New Zealand

New Zealand sights: Nunns Veil in Gammuck, New Zealand. Snow-covered mountains

Trover photo by Chrystal Hutchinson

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8 Stunning Beaches to Build Your California Bucket List

No matter what part of the world you live in, you’ve probably daydreamed of visiting the Golden State. It’s one of our daydream destinations, too! California is a travel hot spot and the most visited state in the U.S. Well-known for Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Golden Gate Bridge, California is also home to incredible wineries, world-class universities, and, most importantly, numerous breathtaking beaches along 800-miles of Pacific Coastline. California’s beaches range from sandy to rocky, sunny to foggy, and everything in between. No visit to the Golden State is complete without a sunset view from the shore, so add these eight stunning beaches to your California bucket list:

1. El Matador State Beach 

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New Photo Sweepstakes – Show us Your #Festival Finds!

Join in the fun! Share your #Festival photos and tips with Trover to win $1500 for travel. From the world’s biggest street party in the city of Samba to Italy’s ultimate food fight, show us your discoveries of the annual celebrations worth traveling for!

Marching band at the Fasnacht festival in Basel, Switzerland.

Add your #Festival finds for your chance to win. Photo by Kumudini.

Have you experienced the lighthearted fun of Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta or the elegant masquerade of Carnevale in Venice? Tell us when and where to find the best yearly events, from local festivities to world-renowned jubilees, for your chance to win a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize!

Upload your photos & tips by September 26, 2017. Write a few lines about your discovery, including when and where the event happens and tag each one #Festival with your description to enter into our sweepstakes for a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize. The more your share, the better your chances. Check out the full #Festival photo list for inspiration!

Festival Photo Sweepstakes – a photo list by Trover


How to Enter the #Festival Photo Sweepstakes:

1) Upload an original photo of an interesting discovery or experience that prominently features a festival or fits the festival theme. You can upload to Trover.com or the iOS App or Android AppBe sure to upload before the contest ends at 11.59 p.m. PT on 26 September 2017.

2) Write a couple of lines about your discovery. This could be details about the destination or activity, tips on how to find it or what to do there, or any interesting facts or stories about your discovery. Include “#Festival” in the description field.

3) Et voila! You’re entered to win the $1500 Expedia voucher!

This is a Sweepstakes. The more eligible photos you upload, the higher your chance of winning!

This sweepstake is only open to NEW Trover photos. Add yours by September 26th to be considered! 

Read sweepstakes terms and conditions.

Questions? Talk to us at feedback@trover.com.

September 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 Sam Wibowo!

Who is Sam Wibowo? He’s a travel photographer and adventurer. We’d love Sam to tell you about himself and share a few photo tips. Take it away, Sam. . . Continue reading

#AquaTrove Sweepstakes Winner

It’s a lake, on an island, in a lake, on an island. Wrap your head around this spectacular discovery and then congratulate our #AquaTrove winner El Conquistador del Mundo, aka Lowell Tejada, for his tongue-twisting find from the Philippines! Congratulations, Lowell! You’re the lucky winner of a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize.

El Conquistador del Mundo’s winning #AquaTrove discovery from the Philippines.

A bus ride, a boat, and a hike will get you to this mind-bending natural wonder. The colorful hues and eye-catching view of Taal Volcano’s sulfuric crater lake are well worth the trek. Check out Lowell’s in-depth tips to find out how to experience his #AquaTrove discovery for yourself.

Thank you to everyone who shared your favorite spots for wet & wild adventure! You flooded the Trove with amazing discoveries from black sand beaches and cascading pools to scenes of tranquility and pure beauty. Take a quick dip in the #AquaTrove to inspire your waterlust and be sure to thank your favorites!

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