Trover: The Travel App You’ll Actually Use

I have a confession to make.  I don’t actually use most of the travel apps on my phone.  I see something new and think that looks cool, play with it for about 2 minutes and…that’s the last time I ever use it.

Why? Because most travel apps aren’t all that useful and frankly I have enough time wasters in my life – there are just waaaaay to many cute cats on the internet!  There are other apps that I enjoy such as Instagram, but I’ve never used it to for travel planning purposes.  It’s more like Oh, that’s a pretty beach and that’s it!

[bctt tweet = “@Trover is different from other #travel apps! It helps you with your actual trip planning!”]

Trover travel app
How Trover Works
Trover is available for your desktop or as an iPhone or Android app.  Users upload photos that are automatically geo-tagged if you take the photo from within the Trover app on your phone.  If you upload a travel photo from your desktop, then you have to add the location of the photo – that way everyone knows how to find the awesome discovery (as they’re called in Trover) that you’re sharing.  Users are also encouraged to add a travel tip to each discovery so that in addition to inspiring other travellers, each discovery has some useful information that other travellers can use if they want to replicate your experience. In the example below, I’ve recommended the best times of the year to visit Kaudulla National Park.
Trover, a travel app that lets users add useful info for other travellers

Getting Travel Inspiration from Trover

Let’s say, you didn’t have any travel plans and were wide open to where you wanted to go, then you could click on Explore >What’s Hot on the menu bar and see popular discoveries on Trover, or choose one of the categories as shown:

Trover explore function

Travel Planning with Trover

You can also search by location, or interest, so if you knew you wanted to visit a certain country, or go scuba diving you can enter those into your search terms as well.   If you do this, you’ll see “lists” that will come up.  This is my favourite feature of Trover and what makes it so useful.

For example, let’s say, you knew you wanted to visit Germany, but you didn’t know exactly where in Germany. You could look at the different lists and click on one.  The one pictured below is a list I created called Cities and Towns to Visit in Germany (the image is clickable). You can look through this list, see what looks interesting and use it to help you plan your own trip.  The other feature I love about the lists is the map, so you can see the location of every place on the list.  The map is also clickable, so if you knew you only wanted to visit southern Germany, you could just click on markers there. You will also see a Start a Discussion About This List tab in the bottom right hand corner.  This is a great feature for interacting with the makers of the list where you could ask them specific questions about a destination or a particular place.

Cities to Visit in Germany, found on Trover, a travel app

Trover also makes it really easy to search by interest.  If you wanted to search for hiking, you will see related lists come up.  In this case, this list has hikes from all over the world, but if you knew you wanted to just view hikes in the United States, you could simply click the country in the menu bar and then Trover will only show you the hikes on that list in the United States!  I love this feature!

You can use Trover to find hikes around the world, or by specific country

You can also use Trover to find a place to eat.  I really like their Food & Drink List. Again, you can search by country, but more than that, you can also search by what’s nearest to you!

You can use Trover, a travel app to find places close to you to eat.
The other great things about the discoveries  is that you can either give it a thank you if you liked it or add it to your own list – making for easy travel planning, or you can also follow a list for easy reference.

Trover london bridge
What I Didn’t Like
I only have minor  annoyances with Trover. The minimum photo size is 612px wide, and I’ve had a few photos I wanted to post that didn’t make the cut at 600px wide. Also, if someone is uploading the photo from their laptop, the location is only as accurate as the user (not an issue, when the photo is taken within the Trover app on a phone, since it’s geo-tagged).  I’ve seen a few places that were in the wrong location.

Trover is a travel app that you will actually use.  It puts you in touch with other travellers, is dedicated exclusively to travel, makes travel planning easy peasy and it’s free! Sign up here and be sure to follow me!

If you’re already using Trover, leave your id in the comments below so that I can be sure to follow you!


Note:  This review was brought to you by Trover, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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About Author

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. She's passionate about getting outdoors as often as possible and helping travellers do the same on their vacation in a sustainable way. She's Canadian and grew up in the Canadian Rockies but now lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her skiing or hiking in the mountains most weekends, hanging out with her cat or with her nose in a good book.


March 24, 2015
Thanks for introducing me to Trover, Laurel. It sounds similar to a site I've been part of but haven't used in a while but I'll give it a try, see if it holds my attention. Thanks again!
March 24, 2015
@Marcia - I'm really enjoying it, let me know how you like it. Another really interesting feature of interest to bloggers is that you can add a link to a blog post in the description.
March 24, 2015
Trover I concur is an answer app started using it a couple months back.
March 24, 2015
Never heard about this travel app before, but it does sound a bit intriguing, so I'll give it ago. Thanks! :)
March 26, 2015
Wow, I have to take a second look at Trover! I was one of the few people who tried it when it came out but left it on the wayside because didn't see how to use it. And with all the other social media channels around, I just didn't have any more time for it. But will certainly reappraise my use of it!
March 26, 2015
I totally share your scepticism Laurel. And I rarely, if ever, click or download any application. And, just like you, I don't use any fancy application related to travel. So, I read your review with an interest. I think I should appreciate the search by interest most useful feature. And, as I share hiking passion with you, I should try to find new places for a perfect hike. Thanks for the review!
March 26, 2015
This looks like a very useful tool indeed and I love the interactive map component. Will definitely check this out for sure! Thanks for the tip!
March 26, 2015
I see that I need to spend some quality time on Trover. I got an account quite a while back, but never got around to getting serious with it. As you know, it's tough to keep up with all apps and social media. But it looks like Trover might be one to focus on. Thanks for the information.
March 31, 2015
@Cathy - Agreed it's tough to keep up with all the apps, but this one is worth using.
March 26, 2015
I really like Trover and have been using it to plan a US road trip later this year - I'm getting lots of inspiration and great ideas for places to stop en route. It's a useful addition to my trip planning apps :)
March 31, 2015
@Suzanne - Glad to hear it!
March 27, 2015
I started using Trover a while ago and used it to help plan a visit to Lisbon. It gave me lots ideas for interesting places to see. I haven't added any photos for a while so must put that right. As a blogger another feature I liked was leaving a link to an article that tells you more about the photograph and this has generated a little bit of traffic to my site - always a good thing!
March 27, 2015
I haven't heard of Trover before, but it sounds interesting so I'll give it a try.
March 31, 2015
@Mette - Highly recommend it, especially for bloggers.
March 29, 2015
I actually like Trover more than other sites such as Instagram or Tumblr. I get a thrill when they put my photo on the #whatshot list!
March 31, 2015
@Natalie - Me too!
March 31, 2015
Seems like a cool app, and a great way of discovering the undiscovered nooks and crannies of different destinations! Will have to check it out.
Sophie @ Sophie's World
April 3, 2015
I added a few photos on Trover ages ago, but not done much with it since. Inspired to take another look now :)
May 4, 2015
A traveler would find anything that adds value to the time spent and this app makes it better it seems. Thanks for explaining Trover features.
November 24, 2017
Trover is such an amazing app - I'm always on there looking for new ideas.

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