Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to look for recommendations for restaurants, cafés, or historical sites on Pinterest or Instagram and got waylaid in the process. I don’t know about you but it happens to me all the time!
Pinterest has no shortage of picture-perfect images of exotic locations and while these idyllic images might be perfect for inspiration, they have little to contribute to planning the itinerary of your next trip or a day out in a foreign city.
Instagram is the other end of the spectrum. There are so many posts that one needs to sift through to get any recommendations about a new city or country. Try following a city based hashtag – #London, #Paris, or even #Timbuktu – to see what I mean. You’ll see everything from generic quotes on wanderlust, and fashion advice to drinks in mason jars and unicorn wisdom but not much by way of recommendations.
So imagine my delight when I chanced on Trover – an amazing app that combines the best features of Instagram (localised recommendations) and Pinterest (gorgeous photos) but exists solely for travellers like us. High-quality photos that are geo-tagged help inspire travellers to visit stunning destinations but also help them plan their itineraries to the tee 🙂
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with Trover and I must admit I’m sort of addicted to it. I started by exploring Trover’s pre-made lists – gorgeous beaches, National Parks in the US, and ruins laden with history. Gradually I worked my way to South America and that’s how I got hooked to it 🙂
I’ve been looking for recommendations of things to do in all the cities we’re visiting in South America during train rides, gym sessions, and every other chance I get. The visual interface is easy on the eyes but utilitarian at the same time. I’ve been saving lists of things to do in Bolvia, Ecuador, and Peru but I’ve also been penning discoveries. These ‘discoveries‘ are simply my favourite things to do in London and around the world. I’m hoping they will help travellers who are new to London and other cities I’m familiar with.
That’s the thing about Trover – it’s an amazing community where travellers help other travellers.
But the best part is yet to come. Trover is location sensitive. Which means, if you’re craving a cuppa coffee and you’re near Oxford Street in London, Trover’s users (aka travel genies like you and me) will guide you to the finest coffee shops in the area – those would be Nude Espresso and TAP Coffee in case you’re interested! 😉
The app also lists the exact distance of each recommendation. This feature is perfect if you’re craving a bowl of ramen in New York, introducing yourself to the cultural sites of Marrakech or just looking for that perfect croissant in Paris – nom!
Have you tried using Trover to plan your trips? What do you think?
If you haven’t experienced Trover yet, you can check it out here or search for Trover on Itunes – of course it’s free (who else hates paying for apps?). I have to warn you – you’ll be hooked in no time 🙂
Leave us a comment below if you download Trover or share our frustration when it comes to Instagram and Pinterest – you know we love hearing from you.