Trover - A Travel App Worth Traveling With

Trover – A Travel App Definitely Worth Traveling With

Derek Everything Else, Travel Tips & Advice 45 Comments

Trover - A Travel App Worth Traveling With
While walking around New York City yesterday, I stopped for a break in Washington Square Park and tried to figure out where I should eat lunch. I had no idea what I wanted to eat or where I wanted to go and so I just sat down on a bench right near a talented street performer who was playing his guitar.

And with this pleasant music in the background, I then pulled out my phone and opened Trover.

Trover is a travel app, and a website, that has quickly become my new travel companion, which I admit is weird since I normally travel alone.

Make New Discoveries Everywhere You Go

When I open the app on my phone, it automatically detects my location and immediately displays a long list of ‘discoveries’ for me to see. These discoveries have been uploaded, as photos, by other travelers who want to share great locations of all kinds that they’ve come across during their own adventures. And these discoveries are arranged in order of proximity to wherever I happen to be at any given moment.

So there I was in Washington Square Park looking at this long list of interesting monuments, art exhibitions, cool streets to wander down, shops, neighborhoods, buildings, and of course, restaurants, cafes, food stalls and more, right near by, that others have shared on the app exactly for travelers like us to discover.

Being hungry, I then chose to click on the “Food” category so that all I would see were nearby discoveries of restaurants and other eateries. And that was all it took.

Upon noticing a ‘discovery’ that was a ramen shop, which a Trover user had uploaded and labeled as “Authentic, delicious ramen. Small, unpretentious shop in the Village.”, complete with a photo of a tempting bowl of soup, I was on my way.

Soon enough, I was slurping up that very same soup and enjoying quite a spectacularly tasty ramen lunch at a great little restaurant that I otherwise would never have known about. And that’s very cool to me.

Trover - Ramen-ya

Not only that, but after my lunch I went to see a beautiful room of the New York Public Library near Bryant Park as well as Belvedere Castle in Central Park, two discoveries that I also found on Trover. And I’ll be using the app to find a place for my friend and I to eat in Brooklyn tonight and I’ll use it during my final day of wandering around NYC tomorrow.

Trover screenshots app

I’ll also most definitely be using the app over the next couple of weeks while I’m in Southeast Asia. (See below for how I’ve already started planning my Southeast Asia trip with Trover.)

Trover Doesn’t Waste Your Time

I don’t use many travel apps, very few in fact, usually because they are not too user-friendly or they don’t provide me with much real benefit. If I’m going to use a travel app, I want it to be something that I can open up on my phone and instantly benefit from so that I can put that phone back in my pocket and focus on the destination itself. And that’s what you get with Trover…it’s like an instant travel enhancer that doesn’t require much effort or waste any of your time.

Share Your Own Discoveries

Of course, as you travel around, you just might want to share some of your own discoveries so that others can find them too. I’d absolutely love to know about your favorite places that you’ve come across throughout your own travels, especially those places that are not written about in regular guidebooks or that don’t generally receive much attention. And as you might have guessed, it’s quite easy to share your discoveries on Trover.

– Take a photo with your iPhone or Android through the Trover app
– The photo will automatically be geo-tagged and its location will show up on a map
– Add a short blurb about your discovery (such as a useful tip or link to more information)

That’s it, you’re done!

Trover - Dzitnup Cenote

You can also add photos at any time through the website which is ideal. I’ve been uploading some of my own favorite locations from my earlier travels…if you’re interested you can check them out over at my Trover profile page.

Southeast Asia, I’m On My Way!

I mentioned above that I’ve also been using Trover to plan my upcoming trip to Southeast Asia and the way I’m doing that is by creating what is called a ‘List’. Lists allow me to take the most appealing discoveries I find from a certain destination and organize them in one place. It’s basically a way for me to create my own personal guide.

For example, I created a “Southeast Asia, I’m On My Way!” list. I then jumped on the Trover website and started typing in the countries I plan to visit on my trip, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. Every time I searched for a new destination, a long list of discoveries appeared for me to look at and whenever I found a discovery that caught my attention and that I would love to experience myself, I just clicked one button and added it to my list. This way, once I’m on the ground in Asia, I can just open the app and actually start visiting the discoveries I’ve collected. Not bad at all.

Trover - Singapore

Trover - Southeast Asia List

And if you want some extra travel inspiration and perhaps some ideas for your future travels, you can follow other people’s lists as well so that you’ll see every new discovery that they add to their collection. Here’s two of my favorite lists and I challenge you to check them out and not find yourself fully inspired!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Favorite Places On Earth

So that’s my new travel companion, Trover. It’s simple and useful and that’s exactly how I like a travel app to be.

To try it all out for yourself, just sign up at Trover.com and download the free app on either your iPhone or Android. I’m definitely curious to see what you think so please let us know how it goes!

What do you think? Have you heard of Trover? Are you ready to try it out?


This post was written in partnership with Trover after trying out the app and finding it truly useful and worth spreading the word about. Of course, my opinions and thoughts above are, as always, 100% my own.

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  2. Martina Donkers

    Trover is fun. 🙂

    I’ve been using it a lot lately. There are some really gorgeous pictures, and the way it arranges everything by proximity is really neat!

    I’m looking forward to trying it in a well-trodden area like you describe in New York. That sounds cool. Here is Fiji, there aren’t a lot of people using Trover – to the point where most of the nearby photos are ones I’ve taken myself, and after just a little scrolling, I end up with pics from New Zealand! So it doesn’t quite work so well in less travelled areas. But it’s still fun, and a great way to collect travel ideas. 🙂

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  4. Ian

    I wonder if you look back and think, I am about to walk into a nightmare and wish I could stop it from occurring. I just read your dengue post…and want to warn you to not take that trip! But I cant. Damn you flux capacitor!

  5. Mariana @ Wandering Nana

    Thank you for this, Earl! I downloaded the app and have already found ideas of fun things to do around my home. Plus, I think you just inspired me to go on that Southern Asia trip I’ve been wanting to go for a while.

  6. Kevin @ Guess This City

    This looks like such an awesome app. I have it downloading as we speak. I am always finding myself looking for places and cool new things to in the cities I am in. I think this will help me find some of things and add some for other people. Really glad I came across this. I think Trover is going to become my travel companion as well!

  7. Katherine Wright

    Thanks for the review, Earl. I’ve been in Europe traveling for the past 9 months. Now back in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Going to give Trover and go to hopefully discover some new spots in a familiar place. Thanks for the tip. Cheers!

  8. Kristen Sarra

    I downloaded Trover before I read this and I must say I agree with everything you said. It is my new favorite app and I heavily recommend it. Simple, easy to use, and quick! Great post!

  9. Travel Adventure

    Hi Earl, love your travel site! Btw, it’s only now that I heard about Trover and I’m glad you’ve posted something about this apps here in your blog, it’s worth trying!

  10. Lolai

    This looks great! Even though I live here in Hong Kong, I like wandering to unfamiliar parts of the city. I’ll get hot and want to find a cafe or something. So I’ll find myself standing around on the sidewalk trying to google cafes. This sounds so much easier!

  11. Erica

    Looks like a fun app! My favorite way to see a new city is to just set out on foot and wander around. As a vegetarian when it comes to eating it would be ice to have something on hand to help make that choice.

  12. Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream Puff

    Thought we would throw a little joy and happiness your way.

    We have traveled extensively using conventional methods and are inspired by other travelers to keep going.

    We are planning to start a sailing travel adventure in November and are busy prepping now. We hope to set sail soon.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  13. Geeky Explorer

    Thank you for this post.
    I had already had good feedback from Trover, but after your post I decided to give it a try and I am loving it. I decided to plan my upcoming trip to Malta using Trover and it is really easy!

    Thanks again.
    Bruno

  14. Brian Hill

    Earl, Trover appears to be what other sites are not, user friendly! I checked out a Trover site you mentioned and everything works easily. I think I will sign up. Brian.

  15. Kamil | LifeOnTheMove.net

    Thank you for great tip! I’ll test it for sure as well because it seems exactly like something what I have been looking for my travel, thanks!

  16. Claire

    I like it. Kind of like Pinterest but more for traveling, and easier for discoveries. It will be really helpful for organizing my upcoming travels. I’ve already downloaded it!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Great to hear Claire and does make it easier to find travel discoveries. I’m certain it will be useful for you on your upcoming trips!

  17. Katie @ The World on my Necklace

    I have heard of Trover and have actually read a few revies by fellow travel bloggers but yours is my favourite because you actually describe how to use it, which is great for the technology challenged such as myself. I can definitely see myself using it now I know that it actually is easy – thansk Earl!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Thanks Katie 🙂 And I’m glad you’ll be using it as it really is a cool app and super easy to use in the end!

  18. Drew Meyers

    I was originally a huge travel photo sharing skeptic (still am in most cases), but Trover’s product has won me over. Primarily because they solve the photo overload problem that every other site seems to suffer from. The future of the web/mobile, is higher quality photos + content from MORE trusted sources. Trover delivers.

    I’m such a huge fan that we are borrowing some of their “nearby” UI for the new private couchsurfing app we are building.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Drew – Glad you’re such a fan as well and they sure do deliver. It’s simple, to the point and offers immediate results. What more do we need?

  19. Yvonne

    OK, you didn’t have to twist my arm at all. I’ll use this this for my n-th visit to Florence and Venice, and see if it can lead me to new things!

  20. Harish Sharma

    I just downloaded the App. It looks like a good app. Kind of fits the missing pieces. I have used FourSquare, Triposo, TripAdvisor for my travel. But this looks like a good option. Triposo App has something like this in Beta. It basically lets you create your own mini guides with your own findings…but this one looks simpler and lot cleaner. Will give it a try and if found useful, I will suggest this to all our guests coming to Delhi and India.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Harish – That sounds great and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it quite a lot. Let me know how it goes once you play around with it for a bit!

  21. Steve C

    Without tossing cold water on this post, remember when you posted about present day travelers not talking to each other because they had their nose in their electronic devices? This just goes to show that there are two sides to every story, another example of “everything” in moderation.
    As an “old fogy”, this may just be the tipping point for me to purchase my first smart phone. As a 20 percent-er, (smart phone holdout), I guess I’m just getting tired of breathing all that dust. Lead, follow or get out of the way!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Steve – I do remember saying that, which is exactly why I mentioned one of the main benefits of this app is that I can quickly use it and put that phone straight back in my pocket so that I can focus on being in the destination. If I had to fiddle around with this app for a long time to get any benefit from it, I certainly wouldn’t use it!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Thanks Mary. I’ve actually been hundreds of times before as many of my friend and family live here and I grew up in Boston. But I appreciate the offer 🙂

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Scott – Here’s their data sharing policy:

      “We do not rent, sell, or share your personally identifiable information with third parties or nonaffiliated companies, except as described in this section or with your express permission.

      We reserve the right to share trend and aggregate information with our partners for business purposes and with other third parties for marketing purposes. We might disclose, for example, that a certain percentage of our users list their home town as San Francisco. However, will not link aggregated data to individuals or their devices or accounts.

      We disclose information when required by law or judicial authority.

      We disclose information as required to safeguard Trover’s rights or property.

      We reserve the right to share certain personally identifiable information (such as your log-in, profile, and preference information) with other websites that are owned and/or operated by Trover, Inc. These sites are also required to adhere to the provisions of this Privacy Policy until such time as it was amended in accordance with the process for modification set forth herein.

      If Trover is ever merged with another company, or if Trover buys, sells or reorganizes some or all part(s) of its business, parties involved in such a transaction would gain access to the information that Trover has collected over time. Such third parties would be required, however, to adhere to the provisions of this Privacy Policy until such time as it was amended in accordance with the process for modification set forth herein.”

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