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The following branded content post is brought to you by Trover, an app that I’ve been using more and more over the last several months. Here’s the latest on how I’m playing with Trover lists for you.
A few months ago, I introduced you to Trover — the travel app that filled in the much-needed gap in between Foursquare and Pinterest, where functional, geo-targeted tips by real travelers were mixed with gorgeous photos inspiring you to get more out of your travels.
Since I last wrote, there have been some changes — first of all, Trover is now available for Android and iPad! It really is gorgeous on the iPad, and I know a lot of you were asking about an Android version, so go ahead and try it out!
Secondly, it’s worth noting that Foursquare has recently separated into two apps (Foursquare and Swarm) with two different functions (discovery and check-ins). The response so far seems to have been more negative than positive, and I personally am disappointed in it. But that means that there’s a chance for different, better apps to jump in.
Because of this, I think it’s now an important time for Trover to shine. After all, on this app you can still discover AND share, all within the same interface. It’s so easy.
Traveling Further by Building Lists
This time around, I’ve been working on building some more lists — collections of discoveries targeted together for a certain reason.
After playing around, I’ve created lists with three different purposes: to-do lists for purely my own benefit (which I did for my trips to Brunei and the Philippines), functional lists that help people get the most out of visiting a certain destination, and what I’m calling wanderlust lists, which help people plan their trips from the starting point by inspiring them with places to see over a much larger region.
I’m going to highlight one wanderlust list and one functional list.
The Best of the Dalmatian Coast
The Dalmatian Coast is an absolutely fantastic part of Croatia and one of my favorite summer destinations on the planet — but even if you’re planning a robust two-week trip, you won’t be able to see everything. There’s just too much. So I put together a list called The Best of the Dalmatian Coast.
This list narrows down some of the best sights in the region and will give you a starting point to start planning your trip.
Here are some of my Trover discoveries on the list:
Paklenica National Park — Not nearly as well-known as Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, Paklenica is a haven for rock climbers.
Dubrovnik City Walls — An absolute must if you go to Dubrovnik. This is where you’ll get the best pictures of your trip.
Mljet — My favorite island in Croatia is home to bright teal saltwater lakes. It’s an easy day trip from Dubrovnik.
Bar Massimo, Korcula — This is one of the best rooftop bars I have EVER been to. It’s literally built out of the crumbling city walls!
Zadar — My favorite PLACE in Croatia, and that’s saying a lot. The old town is fantastic and Alfred Hitchcock declared it the home of the world’s best sunset.
If you’re planning a trip to Croatia, this should give you some ideas about where to spend your time.
Two of my other wanderlust lists:
Best of South Africa — The top experiences in one of my favorite countries.
Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites — If you travel for beauty — or just heritage hunt like me! — this list is for you.
Eat and Drink South of the Thames
When talking about regions in London, a lot of people dream of the edgy east, with neighborhoods like Brick Lane and Shoreditch, or the effortlessly cool North, with neighborhoods like Camden and Primrose Hill. Even the west has some good spots.
But the South? It doesn’t get quite as much praise, even though there are lots of cool neighborhoods like Balham, Brixton and Clapham. London is a HUGE city and it can take an hour to cross the city on the tube, so if you’re staying in the South, you might as well eat locally. My list is called Eat and Drink South of the Thames and the only criteria is that, well, it’s south of the Thames!
Here are some of my Trover discoveries on the list:
Borough Market — One of my favorite things to do in London, Borough Market is a MUST for any foodie. It’s so much fun to walk around the markets and chow down on samples. I recommend picking up a duck confit sandwich or chorizo bap!
Franco Manca — This sourdough pizza place originated in Brixton (where it’s so popular you have to wait in super-long lines), but the Balham pizzeria, while still crowded, is much easier at which to grab a table. The soft pizza is sensational and I love their organic chorizo.
Seven Bar — Incredible, inventive cocktails that change every four months for only 5 pounds each — a huge bargain in London! They’re currently serving strawberry vanilla slushies and elderflower caipirinhas.
The Hope — Rubbing elbows with some of London’s best restaurants in Wandsworth, The Hope does a great pork and chorizo burger and has nice outdoor seating overlooking Wandsworth Common.
Champagne + Fromage — Another Brixton market find, this place serves up platters of CURED MEATS and CHEESES with CHAMPAGNE. So much that I literally couldn’t finish it all! A first!
Two of my other functional lists:
Mardi Gras Must-Dos — Lots of places to laissez les bons temps roulez in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
I Love Somerville and Cambridge — This is the coolest part of Boston, it’s where I first lived in Boston, and it’s where I would live if I ever moved back. Lots of my favorite spots are on this list.
Show Off Your Knowledge
Whether you’re an expert on Paris’s ninth arrondissement or the coffee scene in San Francisco, put together your own list of favorites! And do check out the lists that do exist — you can see many here — and see what people are coming up with.
Hope these lists help you plan your trips — and put together some of your own!
19 thoughts on “From Rocking Croatia to Eating London: My Favorite Lists on Trover”
I’ll be honest – I’m not too sure what to do with Trover! I downloaded it the other day and tried playing around with it but didn’t get too far. You’ve now given me the incentive to check it out properly.
Oh and did you say chorizo bap? That sounds YUM.
Enjoy! And yes, the chorizo baps are delicious! They sell them across from Monmouth Coffee.
Fab. Will definitely be trying it out when I’m next in London 😉
A great pitch for an app. I love making AND consuming lists, so it might be a fun new addition to my travel toolbox.
I personally like Trover over other apps because it gives geographical info along with the enticement for a place. Thus, it’s a valuable travel app. I think it will be a rage in the days to come.
I joined and never added photos, you’ve inspired me! Ohh and when you are back in Zadar next lemme know, I live there 🙂
You might want to try The Jam Tree in Clapham. Large quirky restaurant/bar with pingpong table that serves up the most unusual cocktails including popping candy and peanut butter.
I had never heard of Trover before. It sounds really useful and fun! Can’t wait to give it a try.
Making lists is a great way to see a place. I’ve heard so much about Trover. When I upgrade my phone I will definitely get it.
I just started using Trover and I love it! I’ve currently only used it in my home city (New York) but it’s great to have the beautiful/wacky/interesting things I’ve seen here listed all in one place (and to share those things with people visiting NYC).
I love Borough Market! There are really awesome food places there, but one I want to check out is the chocolate restaurant (Rabot 1745)! They have a cocoa plantation in St Lucia and all of the dishes have something from the cocoa fruit in it… Yum!
Love the app! It’s like a bucket list on steroids!
mmmmm, I love avocados!!! We’re in avocado season now in the DR and I’m stuffing my face before we leave! haha.
Ah you are so right about Foursquare/whatever Swarm is! I used to always use Foursquare for tips upon checking in and now Swarm has made it much more complicated. I downloaded Trover when you mentioned it before, but maybe now I’ll really try to get into it. Thanks for explaining!
As an adventurer, I love backpacking and visiting different countries. I have visited many Asian countries but never really any European except France and Italy. If given the chance, time, and money, I would love to visit more of the countries that have been featured in trover. The images there speaks for themselves as the view are definitely surreal and breathtaking. When I’m travelling to different countries, I always make sure I bring souvenirs with me like mugs and postage stamps to help me remember the places I’ve been. Normally I frame the stamps and hand them on a wall inside the house to help me remember where I’ve been and the happy times spent on that country. In case I fail to get stamps from a particular country, I can always rely on StampWorld.com to supply me with the stamps I need so I do not miss out on my stamp collections.
Wow, now I’m obsessed with Trover!
I’m just beginning to familiarize myself with your site and I’m sure I’ll be commenting in the future but this popped in my head so I thought I’d start thusly: When I saw the line, “The old town is fantastic and Alfred Hitchcock declared it the home of the world’s best sunset,” my first thought was, “And if you’re not getting you’re sunset advice from Alfred Hitchcock, really, you’re just wasting your life.”
Hahaha. I appreciate that, Jason!
Was that guacamole in the picture above. The food looks great. I haven’t been to Croatia yet, the closest I have been would be Slovakia. I have heard the beaches in Croatia are amazing.