Trover is a travel app you will actually use, setting itself apart in a sea of apps for travel that all try and resemble one another. This is a space where the beauty of Instagram meets the tips and geotagging of Foursquare, combined with the Google style mapping we all to often rely on, and all curated in the board style of Pinterest.
In short, inspiration in an informative and easy to digest format.
Personally, I rarely plan in-depth for any of my travel stints, since a guidebook alone cannot always map out the best of adventures and carrying a print library is somewhat inconvenient. While I visit keys sites and tourism highlights, my most treasured memories come from random moments, interaction with local people, visiting particular areas to better understand a country, or stumbling upon inconspicuous spaces.
We all want those snippets of travel inspiration that we can easily curate, remember and refer back to. Information that normally comes from those either ‘in the know’ or eager to share their unique experiences.
Social media serves as our new travel encyclopedia, yet with so many platforms it can be hard to keep up. When I was introduced to the new travel and photography app, Trover and asked to share my travel hints, tips and finds, I was soon welcomed into the fold of an avid traveller’s dream.
Using the Trover Website and the App to #TroveOn
Signing up is simple, either online or by downloading the IOS or Android app. As soon as you set up your profile, you can start uploading your ‘discoveries’ that immediately appear on your page. Trover curates the handy country tabs for easy reference.
What I like about Trover is that you are not overwhelmed with options and nor can you get lost in its navigation. You can simply ‘add a photo’, find the location on the map and share your information within Trover (where your discovery is added to the board of that town, city or country) and across your social media channels within a matter of minutes (be sure to include the #TroveOn hashtag so it can be easily found and shared further).
You can also comment and thank a discovery, making it more widely shared to others, in the same way that social media sharing generally works.
Creating Your Own Trover Guide
There comes the time when a little bit of extra planning is required, especially if you are visiting a whole host of destinations within a single country or region. While Trover can add as a quick fix for nearby attractions or map out your hotspots when in one place, it also makes wider planning more easy with the creation of ‘Lists’.
Here you can create a list board based on a country, a continent or a theme, like ‘Worldwide Hikes I Want to Go On.’ You will see on my Trover profile that I am currently devising a list for the Middle East. A misunderstood region, I often rely on the insights of expats and those who have covered these vast lands with a curious eye and I’m using this one to find discoveries in countries I HAVEN’T yet been to rather than mix it with discoveries I have already seen. Essentially it acts as a means of future planning for when the time comes to see a new place.
I’m also currently starting a new list for one of my most favourite countries, Nepal, since I am planning to head back there this year and would love to see it with a fresh perspective and seek out different experiences. It’s like having a giant scrapbook for the world!
Need a Little Inspiration Nudge?
Ok, so sometimes you really don’t know where to go, what to do or where to start… and we can’t all throw a dart at a map or stop our finger on a spinning globe (even though both are fun decision-making tactics). I’m also guilty of the old school notebook and pen method.
Trover creates its own lists, including What’s Hot, What’s New and Featured Lists. They simply scour the most talked about and loved discoveries, and hand them over to you in one place.
When I searched on the ‘What’s Hot’ list, Trover found top discoveries close to the location I was in – Yerevan, Armenia. However, you can click on the top countries and find yourself some random inspiration. ‘What’s New’ curates the recent uploads and the ‘Top Trovers’ of the day. You might even find yourself on the ‘What’s Hot’ list should you share something incredible… and we all like that kind of accolade every now and again.
My only issue with Trover is regarding image size. If you are a pro photographer or DSLR enthusiast and are uploading pictures from your computer files (rather than pulling them through from Facebook, which is also an option) then you will need to resize your images. However, when using the app, you won’t encounter this problem when pulling images from your phone camera library.
Are You Now Asking Yourself: “Should I Join Up?”
I’m saying come on over. You’ll find yourself lost in more discoveries you thought possible, finds that you’ll never see listed in a standard guidebook and a system that finds your location and shows you something amazing to go and see… right around the corner.
While I like to share my stories in prose, it’s these little finds that can lead to bigger things, so what better place to start digging out these gems than on Trover? Also, I am really curious – since I’m always sharing my stories and top tips with you – in that I would LOVE to see your travel memories, tips and favourite places. See you there so we can #TroveOn together.
This branded content is in partnership with Trover. While I have been asked to test the app and the website and go all out crazy with all my travel tips and photography, all opinions on Trover’s digital travel revolution remain my own.