February 2020 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 Kostas Brejaart!

Meet Kostas Brejaart! This freelance photographer and anthropologist was born on the beautiful history-rich island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Now calling the Netherlands home, he recommends fellow travelers check out the hidden gem of Amersfoot, his hometown. “If you ever find yourself in the beautiful country of the Netherlands, stop by in the relatively small city of Amersfoort for beautiful architecture, an unbelievable medieval city gate & a great atmosphere.” His international exploration doesn’t stop at travel–Kostas also loves coffee, good books, and music, specifically coffee from Tanzania, Russian literature (especially Dostoyevsky) and the music of Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. We love Kostas’ love of all things travel, from awe-inspiring architecture to breathtaking nature! His unique perspectives and detailed descriptions offer a deeper understanding to the discoveries he shares. We asked Kostas to talk about a few of his favorite travel experiences with the Trover community. Take it away, Kostas!

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#History Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Karen Grubb for her festive find from Cusco, Peru! This dynamic display of traditional dance at the famous Cusco Cathedral is the winning entry of our #History Photo Contest. Congratulations, Karen! Make 2020 a year for the history books with $2020 of Expedia travel.

Women in colorful dresses dancing in front of a brink cathedral

Karen Grubb’s winning #History entry from Cusco, Peru.

With so many wonderful photos and fabulous travel stories highlighting history, Trover Ambassador Laurence Norah had a tough time choosing the winner. In the end, Laurence loved the colorful capture of this lively moment in a historic setting, along with a detailed description providing interesting context to this travel tidbit. Noting a great photo can transport the viewer to the scene, Laurence imagined himself witnessing this moment thanks to Karen’s photo. We asked Karen to share more about her winning discovery and herself with the Trover community.

I’m from San Luis Obispo, California. My passions include travel and pretty much anything outdoors. I’m happiest up in the mountains with a little dirt under my nails and grease in my hair.

I don’t normally gravitate towards larger cities but I fell in love with Cusco! The architecture in the main square is beautiful. It’s a great place to get a sense of Cusco’s history through the juxtaposition of Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this religious procession during the Fiesta de la Virgen Natividad on my last day in the city.

Thank you, Karen, for sharing your spectacular photos and highlighting this historic (and beautiful!) destination. Check out more of Karens’s finds and follow her on Trover to see what she discovers on a future adventure to the Scottish Highlands, inspired by her daughter, Skye, and an appreciation of the Outlander series set in the majestic Scottish landscape.

Thank you, Laurence, for making the tough decision and to all of the Trover community for sharing your extraordinary #History travel stories! See the full list to discover the history behind the world’s hidden gems!

January 2020 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 Antje Te!

Meet Antje Te! This teacher from Stuttgart, Germany is also a lifelong learner who loves to read. An experienced traveler who never leaves home without her sunglasses and trusty iPhone for snapping adventure along the way, she takes advantage of holidays to get out and explore, especially the small towns of Italy including her favorite destination of Camogli, an under-the-radar getaway on the Italian Riviera. When not on the go or sharing her worldly knowledge with her students, she likes to spend time with family. We love the vibrant perspectives Antje Te captures on her travels throughout Europe and asked her to share a few of her favorite discoveries. Take us away, Antje!

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#History Photo Contest — Win $2020 for Travel

It’s a new year, a new decade and we’re making #History! Post your travel finds with a historic perspective for your chance to win $2020 for travel. From ancient ruins to local lore, show us your photos & tips featuring #History. Trover Ambassador Laurence Norah will select the winner. Include the tag #History in your description to enter. Upload by January 29th to win. Add your discoveries now!

Have you explored the monumental architecture of ancient Egypt, experienced the modern marvels of the World’s Fair, or learned the legend behind a local landmark? Whether you dig into the details of your favorite local haunt or gravitate to UNESCO World Heritage sites, share the story and the #History behind your finds. You could win $2020 for your next adventure and make it one for the history books! Your #History discovery might feature:

  • Historic sites & local landmarks
  • Museums, monuments or memorials
  • Ancient ruins
  • Mysteries of the past
  • Natural history
  • Memorable places

Upload your photos by January 29th, 2020. Write a few lines about your travel find, be sure to include details about the history, and tag each one #History to enter our contest to win a $2020 Expedia Travel Prize. Get some inspiration and see what the Trover community is sharing here!

How to Enter the #Nature Photo Contest:

1) Upload an original photo of an interesting discovery or experience that prominently features or fits the #History 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 29 January 2020.

2) Write a couple of lines about your discovery and share the history behind the place. 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 “#History” in the description field.

3) Et voila! You’re entered to win a $2020 Expedia travel prize!

This is a judged contest. Eligible images must be clear, include a unique description about your discovery, and have an accurate and specific geo-tag. You may upload an unlimited number of eligible photos.

This contest is only open to NEW Trover photos. Add yours by January 29th to be considered!

Read contest terms and conditions.

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

Discovery of the Year 2019!

We asked YOU to decide which of 2019’s dazzling discoveries would be named Trover’s Discovery of the Year. You thanked your favorites and touched the hearts of fellow Trovers, and the final tally is in. .  .

Congratulations to Ladislav Szabó! Ladislav’s stunning capture of Giau Pass in the Dolomites is a great reminder to stop and smell the flowers. Ladislav’s discovery earned him a $2000 Expedia Travel Prize and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Time for more Troving, Ladislav! We can’t wait to see where you head next.

Wildflowers against a backdrop of rolling green hills and jagged mountains.

Trover’s Discovery of the Year 2019. Photo by Ladislav Szabó of Giau Pass, Italy.

What a phenomenal year of discovery and adventure! Competition was close with so many amazing finds! Honorable mentions and high fives to Where I’ve Been Wandering for her mesmerizing Moraine Lake view in Alberta, to Karen Grubb for her iconic capture of Arizona’s Monument Valley, and to Where to Explore Next for her dramatic desert landscape from Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your travels with the Trover community and showing love to your fellow explorers. From far-flung adventures to local gems, your awe-inspiring finds have lit the way to discovery and made 2019 a wonderful journey. Check out Trover’s Best of 2019 to get inspired, and remember to thank and follow all of the nominees for their amazing discoveries. Keep sharing your unique perspectives and travel stories in 2019—you might snag the next prize!

Best of Trover 2019 – a photo list by Trover