I really think hard before I start something new… even if it’s watching Friday Night Lights from the beginning on Netflix, mainly because once I start something I have to finish it (even if I don’t like it, like 50 Shade of Grey or Twilight, ugh!). So, I was cautious and staying back when I kept seeing people post online about the new website Trover– the one they call the mix of Pinterest and Tripadvisor.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start another social media website with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest already downloaded to my phone. I realized though I wasn’t really using Pinterest anymore since most of the links led to dead ends. I had an opening and since people say Trover is like a “travel pinterest.. that actually works” I decided to go for it.
searching for Hawaii discoveries on Trover from my room in Lahaina
Basically, you post discoveries. It can be done just with a photo on your phone and a travel tip along with it. The becomes searchable for other people. You can search by place and see what tips people posted about that place. You can take it further by saving other people’s discoveries (and your own) to lists.
I started out by searching for an upcoming trip to Langkawi, Mayalsia. I put in a few discoveries from other people, and will add my own once I get there.
I kind of think of it like Couchsurfing. It’s a group of people who want tips, so they need to reciprocate and give tips. When they click the heart to like a tip it comes to your page saying they’ve said “thank you”. Cute!
I questioned what I knew well and knew right away that was FOOD, particularly in Goa. So I made a Goa food list where I put up photos from my phone with tips on what I like to order. I put almost 40 and it actually didn’t take that long. I plan to update it as I try new places. If you want to follow you can click here.
I searched out to see if other people were posting about “Goa food” and there wasn’t much yet, although what popped up was nice, like Hotel Venite in Panjim which is one that I have yet to try.
The great thing about Trover is that the tip is right there so you don’t have to click over to “find out more”. This means less work for you, and it means that there aren’t companies out there just posting junk to get traffic to their websites. Also, it doesn’t help me as a blogger so I can do it just for fun and to actually get quick tips when I need them. I’m excited to try it out more but have only had it a few weeks. Although lots of about places, some are just really fun and specific like coffees they loved and where they got them.
Also, it seems like they are always giving away money! Right now, they have a Gold Hour Photography contest where you can win $1500. There are some details like what to tag so click over and make sure to follow the rules.
“With summer’s long days, it is the perfect time to add some golden sunlight to your travel photography – and we want to see your best. In fact, to level up the fun, we’re going to give $1500 to the person who can show us the best #goldenhour discovery.”
I think I’ll go ahead and post to Facebook and twitter some of my favorite lists and discoveries so you can see if it interests you. I think this app will only be as good as the people that use it and the more the merrier. What do you think, will you try out a new website?
-I was compensated for my time in writing this review-
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