Why do we need another travel app?
As a travel blogger, storytelling is an essential part of my life. But how much ever stimulating my story might be, it’ll fail to create an impact if I am not telling it to the right audience. Apps like Instagram and Pinterest, serve to a larger variety of interests; ranging from food and drinks to fashion and modeling to travel and photography. There’s a high chance that our travel stories may not be relevant to everyone hooked on Instagram or Pinterest.
Where do I find the right audience?
As a Travel Blogger, I am trying to build a niche in travel blogging and photography. The problem with Instagram is the excessive abuse of hashtags such as #travel and #nature, that are often bombarded with ridiculously grotesque selfies and utterly disgusting nude pictures. On Pinterest, I hate it when my travel boards receive repins from fake accounts, hired pinners or automated robots. I’m not using these platforms for blindly boosting my reach, it’s more about making meaningful connections and engaging my audiences with quality content
So what do we travelers need?
What if I tell you that there is an app that is making a fair attempt at bringing together the best of Instagram and Pinterest, but, is exclusively made for travelers? On top of that, it supports its own set of unique features that help us in making travel plans and sharing our travel stories with the right audience. Did I tell you that it’s all for free?
That’s Trover for you!
How did I find Trover?
Literally, just went on google and typed, “The Best App For Travelers.” Links to various articles popped up to the first page (you must be thinking that’s usually how google works, right?) and I opened some of them on a new tab (unnecessary details ?). I browsed through the articles and looked for the unfamiliar names. Trover caught my attention and I thought to myself, “50,000 travelers can’t be foolish!” So I downloaded the app. I have been using it for almost 3 weeks now!
What Is Trover?
I am using the description of trover, as posted on their official website, and I am adding my understand of it in parenthesis in orange.
Trover is the photo app (insired by instagram/pinterest) for travelers (i.e. a focused audience). Trover is powered by a joyful community of wanderers and photographers who seek share-worthy things (no place for random pictures or spams) to see and do all over the world( i.e. make travel plans and share stories). Trover contains hundreds of thousands of beautiful, geo-tagged photos (integrated with google maps) that represent experiences as varied as ziplines in Singapore, markets in Madrid, and cocktails in Kyrgyzstan.
You Can Thank Other Travelers
There is a unique method for travelers to like each others’ posts on Trover. They express their gratitude towards the fellow travelers for their discoveries, by saying a Thank You!
You Can Share Your Discoveries
You can simply add the photographs from your desktop or upload them from your instagram feed or facebook albums. Remember, only original content is posted here!
You Can Create Story Boards
Here’s a sneak peak of some of my story boards, including a list of places I want to visit on my upcoming Trip to China and Mexico and a list of Places I’ve Been To so far!
Less Number of Users: With around 50,000 downloads on google play, the users on Trover are not of the scale of Instagram and Pinterest. Though, they are more focused on travel planning and photography.
No Tagging: So far I haven’t been able to figure out if Trover allows us the option fo tagging other users. Also, I am not sure if there is a way to use hashtags in Trover. Though I think that this limitation is actually a blessing in disguise – less spamming!
Distorted Image: I have experienced on a few occasions that the resolution of the images, uploaded on trover from the instagram feed, gets distorted in the process. I’m not sure about the perfect image specifications yet. Still figuring it out!
What Is Your Next Step?
So what are you waiting for?
Start sharing your travel discoveries!
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