#Adventure Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to David Morring for his jaw-dropping discovery from Alabama! The radiant shot of a caver rappeling into Stephen’s Gap is the Grand Prize Winner of the #Adventure Photo Contest. David takes home an epic prize of $3,000 for travel and $3,000 of Eddie Bauer gear. Congrats, David!

Person rappelling into cave in a shaft of light.

David Morring’s #Adventure discovery from Alabama.

Growing up in northern Alabama, David’s thorough exploration of his small town’s nooks and crannies planted the seeds of his passion for travel. He’s wandering a bit further from home now, managing to tick off 12 countries in the last 12 months. We asked David to tell us a bit more about his winning photo and the adventure in his own backyard: “Most people don’t know that northern Alabama is a Mecca for caving. There are more than 3,000 caves within a hundred-mile radius of my hometown of Cullman. Stephen’s Gap is a 143-foot pit in Jackson County, Alabama. I’d joined several of my childhood friends to go “bounce” (rappel and ascend) the pit. I rapped to the bottom with my photo gear. Around 10 a.m. the sunlight cascaded through the entrance and illuminated the pedestal at the bottom. One of the cavers, Sharon Clayton, clipped into the rope, and I began shooting as she descended into the shaft of light. It was truly an other-worldly moment where everything aligned for the perfect shot. I’m just thankful I was there to capture it.” So are we, David!

Adventure Photographer and Trover Ambassador Jeff Bartlett loved David’s stunning scene. The competition was close and three runners-up will take home $250 for travel & Eddie Bauer gear for their next adventure. Congratulations to Liana Manukyan, Darrel Comeau, and Keith Sutter for their fantastic finds.

Clockwise from left: Liana Manukyan’s Swizterland discovery, Darrel Comeau’s Canada discovery, and Keith Sutter’s Italy discovery.

Thank you to the Trover community for sharing your awe-inspiring #Adventure discoveries and to Jeff Bartlett for making the touch decisions. Explore the full list of #Adventure photos and travel tips. Be sure to follow David, Liana, Darrel & Keith to see what they discover on future adventures. Trove on!

July 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 Michael Schuier!


Meet Michael Schuier! This avid traveler recently made the leap from gerontology student to full-time photographer. You can see what this pro is shooting with down below! A longtime member of the Trover community, he started out sharing finds close to home in Georgia. The feedback from fellow Trovers pushed his photography and travels further. His adventures often focus on the United States where he can travel longer and more frugally, noting there’s a lot to see! In addition to photos, Michael collects sand as a keepsake of his adventures. His mantle proudly displays a colorful array of sandy souvenirs from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah, North Carolina’s Topsail Island, the black sand beaches of Iceland, and many more. As he pursues photography fulltime, Michael hopes to meet more members of the Trover community.  We asked Michael to tell us about his favorite experiences he’s shared on Trover. Take it away, Michael. . .  Continue reading

November 2018 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 Mark & Kylee!

 

Meet Mark & Kylee, the adventurous duo from Canada who recently took the leap to a life on the go. “We sold our house and nearly all of our worldly possessions back in Canada, and have been on the road full-time since.” Mark & Kylee share their travel stories from under-the-radar destinations on their blog These Foreign Roads. As former chefs turned travel bloggers, Mark & Kylee make food a top priority as they explore less-visited locations. We asked them to give us a taste of their favorite travel finds. Take it away, Mark & Kylee . . .  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

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Photo by Sue Cummings & Bruce Howard.

2. St. Andrews, Scotland

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Photo by City Circus Wandering.

3. Quebec City, CA

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Photo by My Wanderlusty Life.

4. Munich, Germany

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Photo by Sparkz.

5. The Ozarks, Arkansas

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Photo by J. Bo.

6. Napa Valley, CA

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Photo by Girl Gone Travel.

7. Leavenworth, WA

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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 Trover.com to meet some fellow travelers and find out more about the planet you inhabit.

7 Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank

So you want to go to Europe but don’t quite have the time or money to make it over? Believe it or not, you’re in luck! Hundreds of places around the world have been inspired by the architecture and culture of major European cities. Some have even gone so far as to replicate the original.

If authenticity doesn’t matter to you as much as budget, you may just find the European escape of your dreams right in your own backyard. Here are 7 of our favorite Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank:

1. Solvang, California

Nicknamed the “Danish Capital of America,” this Santa Barbara-area town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a Danish colony outside of the cold Midwest. The town features Danish bakeries, shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

Trover photo by The Snowmads

 

2. Thames Valley Khao Yai in Ban Mu Si, Thailand

This unique hotel in the lush Khao Yai region of Thailand was designed to resemble an English countryside village along the River Thames corridor, complete with tea rooms and traditional English pubs.

Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

3. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nicknamed “Little Bavaria,” this Michigan town is home to many Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants, as well as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a 7-acre store billed as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.”

Trover photo by Marisa Heilman

 

4. Leavenworth, Washington

This formerly sleepy railroad town in central Washington was transformed into a mock Bavarian village in 1962 and is now home to a popular Oktoberfest celebration and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which houses more than 5,000 nutcrackers!

Trover photo by Michelle Finseth

 

5. Québec City, Québec

Okay, Québec City is not exactly a fake European city. But it is heavily influenced by its French heritage. Besides hearing Canadian French spoken around every corner, you can expect to see romantic architecture, sidewalk cafes, and traditional French bakeries all over this beautiful and historic city.

 

6. Helen, Georgia

Modeled to look like a Bavarian alpine village, this small town of 500 keeps it “authentic” with street performers, Oktoberfest celebrations, and a Denny’s that is actually designed to fit the Bavarian architectural style!

Trover photo by Michael Schuier

 

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course, if you’re looking to get the most European flair from a non-European city, there’s no better place than Las Vegas. Where else in the world can you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower and ride in a Venetian gondola within the same hour? Well, maybe in Europe if you hurry. But Vegas is definitely the next best thing.

Trover photo by Lauréanne Pelletier

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

Fake European towns won’t satisfy all of your cravings for a classic European adventure, but they will provide a taste of Europe and will keep your wallet happy at the same time. To see more fake European towns around the world, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own European discoveries (real or otherwise) on Trover this summer!