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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#OnTheRoad Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our three #OnTheRoad winners, James Ng, Robb Image, and Iain McLean! Deciding among so many awesome finds was a tough task for Trover Ambassador’s Love + Road!  The hypnotic highway, isolated crossroads & famous lone tree stood out as beautiful photos and unique travel insights! See the images below and get in-depth details from the photographers behind the lens.

Kawazu Nanadaru Loop Bridge

James Ng’s #OnTheRoad Discovery from Japan

“The photo was taken during my journey to see the earliest blossom of Sakura in Japan. I saw a video about this circular loop bridge while searching information on the internet and I thought it would be really awesome if I took a photo from above it with my drone. In fact, the design of the road was great and so I shared it on Trover.” – James Ng

95 Nevada

Empty crossroads with street signs and blue sky

Robb Image’s #OnTheRoad Discovery from Nevada

“Open spaces and the open road speak to me in the sense that they are similar to an ongoing movie. Like a thriller where you are anticipating what’s around the next bend, it’s the anticipation. Capturing the open nothingness is a bit harder to express in an interesting manner. Like a muse the scene just has to unfold, if you allow your inner vision to happen, trust your art and extinct. I really try to see the light, it’s one of the few times when harsh sunlight can help a composition, setting the scene is like trying to tell a story about nothing. Which is completely different than the vastness of nature as in a typical landscape.” – Robb Image

That Wanaka Tree

Iain McLean’s #OnTheRoad Discovery from New Zealand.

“The Tree at Lake Wanaka is actually a bucket list shot for me. On our current road trip around New Zealand I actually looked forward to this 6am wake up the most. The tranquil calmness, colours of sunrise and the strange placement of this tree bring a feeling of relaxation I cannot describe.” – Iain McLean

Congrats to each of you for being phenomenal photographers and avid explorers. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures on Trover—enjoy your $500 Expedia travel prizes!

Thank you to all of the Trover community for sharing your epic insights discovered #OnTheRoad. Explore the full list for more roadside wonder!

#BVSBlue Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kirsten Quist for capturing this beautiful blue celestial scene! This discovery from New Zealand’s Cape Campbell in this winning entry of our #BVSBlue Photo Contest. Congrats, Kirsten—you’re going to Crete for a photo clinic with Trover Ambassador Brendan van Son!

Kirsten Quist‘s winning #BVSBlue discovery from Cape Campbell, New Zealand.

You’ll have to get up early (or go to bed late) to capture the Milky Way in its luminous wonder. Kirsten shared her experience of snapping this starry night.

After a 2:15AM start, a couple hours of driving through fields of cattle and abandoned sheds, and finally a short walk, I arrived at the private entrance (with permission of course) to Cape Campbell lighthouse. I was awarded with a stunning night sky and a peaceful stargazing experience, only interrupted by a beautiful sunrise.

Thanks, Kirsten! Brendan and the Trover team loved the thoughtful description and dramatic perspective of this travel-worthy find. Follow Kirsten on Trover to see more of her impressive discoveries and find out where she heads next!

Competition was fierce for the coveted spot in Brendan’s photo clinic and we were blown away by the stunning discoveries from the Trover community! Honorable Mentions and high fives to Dalibor Brlek for this colorful solar installation from Croatia, to Tim Durtschi for his instant adrenaline rush from Crater Lake, and to Dennis Skyum for his rail station rainbow from Sweden.

Honorable Mention to Dalibor Brlek, Tim Durtschi & Dennis Skyum

Explore the full list of #BVSBlue discoveries to experience the bounty of beautiful blue hues that paint our world. Follow your fellow Trovers, thank your favorites, and keep sharing your photos & travel tips from the wide blue yonder!

Thank you to everyone for participating and adding to the mosaic of awesome. Follow Trover on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. You might see yourself featured or find out your next chance to trove & win!

16 Views from the Edge of the World

Assuming you’re brave enough to make the trek to the top, the view from the edge of a mountain or the roof of a towering building can take your breath away (literally).

For those itching to climb new heights— or those who’d rather enjoy the view from the safety of their computer screen— we’ve assembled some of the greatest views from around the globe found on Trover.

1. Taft Point Trail in Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California

Photo by Karen Grubb

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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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