September 2019 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 Kirk & Lynn!


Meet Kirk & Lynn! These Bay Area adventurers work hard so they can spend their free time traveling. They love long weekends exploring their California stomping grounds and take two trips a year to explore far and wide. This team of Trovers capture travel moments on an iPhone 10 and their matching Canon EOS Rebel T7i’s. They recommend researching “the trip prior to traveling and plan your own personal adventure.” Beyond travel, Lynn is an antiquing aficionado and Kirk is the muscle for all those unique finds. Kirk’s specialty is landscape photography with a wide-angle lens, while Lynn likes to use zoom lenses for closeups and animal photos. We asked Kirk & Lynn to tell us about their favorite experiences they’ve shared on Trover. Take it away, you two . . . Continue reading

August 2019 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 Project Forever!


Woman standing at grand canyonMeet Sofia Viertola, a.k.a Project Forever! This Finnish adventurer and nature lover works in a hospital while filling her vacations and long weekends with travel. In 2018, Sofia spent 4 months on a globe-trotting adventure checking 11 countries off her list. A self-described travelholic, Sofia loves exploring new places and getting to know different cultures. Sofia notes that “food is a great way to start to get to know a foreign country. . . cuisine is a big part of a region’s culture.” If she’s not on the road, Sofia gets her travel fix with books, travel shows & documentaries about nature and cuisine.  When on the go, she travels light with small cameras that fit inside my purse and are easy to carry around, currently opting for Olympus mirrorless cameras. Her secret travel tip is to “always smile and be respectful towards the locals, and you might benefit, too!” We asked Project Forever to tell us about her favorite experiences she’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Sofia. . .

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New Photo Contest – Share Your Best #BeachTips

Slather on that sunscreen and grab your towel—we’re heading to the beach! Share your #BeachTips and sun-soaked travel gems for a chance to win $1500 for travel. Pack the Trove with #BeachTips featuring your favorite stretch of shoreline and seaside activities. Write a unique description, include the tag #BeachTips, and use a precise geo-tag to win a $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Panorama of Beach with Paraglider Parahoot

Do you have a favorite ocean view table for sipping craft cocktails? Or know where to build a bonfire while camping on the coast? Dig deep into your camera roll and share your beachy delights with Trover. From boardwalk amusements to parasailing in paradise, share your #BeachTips now. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of Trover judges based on image quality, creativity, description detail and precise geo-tag. Your best #BeachTips could win $1500 for travel!

Share your beach themed photos and tips by May 28, 2018. Write details about your discovery and tag each one #BeachTips to enter our contest for a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize. Check out the full list for inspiration!

#BeachTips Photo Contest – a photo list by Trover


How to Enter the #BeachTips Photo Contest:

1) Upload an original photo of an interesting discovery or experience that prominently features beach locations or fits the #BeachTips 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 28 May 2018.

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 “#BeachTips” in the description field.

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

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 May 28th to be considered! 

Read contest terms and conditions.

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

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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Wave Hello to the #BeachBound Winner

Spread out your towel, slather on that sunscreen and sink into beachy bliss at this secret cove in Curaçao. . . then congratulate Bonnie Bareford for her winning #BeachBound discovery! Bonnie’s Trover tip notes this find is a favorite hangout for locals, so you know it’s gotta be good. Can’t you hear the waves lapping at the shore as warm tropical breezes dance in your hair?

Knip Beach, Curacao. #BeachBound Winner

Bonnie shares that Knip Beach is a “beautiful small cove where the locals go.”

Trovers like you delivered a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea with a #BeachBound bounty! You shared over 3000 travel tips & pics of the best in sand & surf. From favorite hangouts to just horsing around, we were blown away by your jaw-dropping wildlife encounterscrystal-covered shores, and what you can find under the boardwalk. There could only be one winner of the #BeachBound Photo Sweepstakes, but keep your eyes on the horizon for your next chance to win!

In the mean time, congratulate Bonnie and soak up this scene of white sands and cerulean seas as the chill vibes wash over you. Thank you to everyone for sharing your hot travel tips and beachy goodness—your discoveries prove that life really is better at the beach!

There’s more to “sea.” Check out the full #BeachBound list. Trove on!