In partnership with Trover.com
The day has finally arrived. The end of our road trip around Australia.
We’re currently on the A3 highway heading to the Gold Coast in southern Queensland after a great final day in the small country town of Eidsvold, two hours west of Bundaberg.
Our feelings are mixed, but the one thing we can agree on is that we’re ready to pounce through the gates of this new chapter with the ferocity of a running bull.
The Gold Coast is calling us.
It’s the one region in Australia that best checks off all our liveable requirements.
It has a great climate, beautiful beaches, hinterland wonders, a vibrant and active lifestyle, close friends, and an international airport and facilities. It’s also Queensland, a state that we adore. Not to mention Caz and I got engaged on Coolangatta Beach some 15 years ago!
Since then we’ve visited the Gold Coast many times and enjoyed many tourist activities, but now we’re keen to get to know it on a more local level.
To do that we’re turning to the resources we trust and love. You, our readers and social communities, our close friends, and planning and discovery resources like Trover – resources that actually give us tips and suggestions rather than just pretty pictures.
You’ve probably heard us mention Trover a few times now, and we wrote about why we’re big fans here.
In a nutshell, Trover is a travel app and a website, much like Pinterest and Facebook are both apps and web based.
It’s visual grid-like display of photos is similar to Pinterest, but Trover is purely about travel and a community of traveller’s sharing photos and tips dedicated to helping with both the discovery and planning.
We’ve been partnered with Trover for almost a year now, and it’s a relationship we’re continuing because we love the app and how it’s made purely for travel enthusiasts.
And we’ve also had very positive responses from our readers who love the app and have become avid users as well. It’s so relevant and useful to travelers – beautiful images combined with insider tips!
How to use Trover to plan your travels
Today, we want to show you how you can use Trover to plan your itinerary for your next travel adventure.
We’re going to plan out some Gold Coast activities for ourselves so we can dig deeper into the Gold Coast, using tips from locals and other passionate travelers.
What kind of experiences do we want on the Gold Coast?
It’s important to think about the types of experiences you want. This will help you find the right travel tips on Trover.
For us, we don’t need to be looking at any accommodation as we’ll (hopefully) have our own long-term rental.
Gold Coast is the place of magnificent beaches, sunrises, family and outdoor activities, cafes and walks. We want to find the best viewpoints and outdoor pursuits.
We’re also keen on finding those favourite local restaurants, cafes and bars.
We haven’t explored much of the hinterland region and nearby national parks and are keen to dive deeper into that.
Searching Experiences on Trover
Option 1 – The Search Bar
On your laptop or desktop simply type in the destination choice in the search box.
This brings up all the photos from that search. A handy geo-search tool bar scrolls down the page with you showing the distance to other discoveries near you!
The closest places are at the top and as you scroll the places get further away.
Option 2 – Explore Tab
Click on the Explore tab and a drop down menu will appear. Under “Places to Visit” I scrolled down and clicked on the Gold Coast.
I was then presented with this handy page with tips under sub-categories of:
Option 3 – Your Phone
Yes, Trover is smart and knows where you are and shares the discoveries close to you.
Scroll across the menu bar on your phone and it has categories like outdoor, food and art. Scroll down and the running man shows you exactly how far away each discovery is from you. Brilliant!
Or select the Jump To tab and it acts like the search bar on your laptop:
The Magic of Trover
The magic behind Trover is that each image is geo-tagged and comes with a description left by other travelers, making it super easy to find the same place and experience.
This is the part that makes Trover stand out from other sites. ‘Trovers’ are encouraged to provide useful descriptions and tips to enhance the visitors experience to the destination.
One other cool feature is that you can create LISTS on Trover around certain topics, much like you create boards on Pinterest.
Discovering the Gold Coast with Trover
We’ve been going through the above search steps and adding discoveries to our list called things to do on the Gold Coast seeking out sunrise spots, waterfalls, places to eat, wildlife encounters, kids activities, and places to walk.
So far we have up to 50 new discoveries to do and will keep adding stuff as other Trover’s share their finds.
Choose your own local adventure today
What city or region do you want to explore? What lists can you create?
One of our biggest tips for people wanting to travel more is to start in their own backyard.
You don’t need as much time, there’s less packing to do, it can be cheaper, and the logistics of planning is easier. Plus it will help you prove to yourself just how capable you are of planning for and organizing travel.
When returning to our hometown in 2010 from living overseas, we knew the best way for us to overcome reverse culture shock was to continue to travel in our own back yard.
We put our travel glasses on and spent the weekends exploring new areas and experiences.
It felt as if we were still traveling, and, as life goes, you create more of what you feel. Soon enough, travel experiences further afield arrived, which then led to our amazing non-stop 18-month travel experience around Australia.
Now that we’re stopping on the Gold Coast for a while, we want to incorporate the same philosophy. Travel doesn’t have to stop once the car wheels do. We can keep the same attitude in our hometown and help us continue to feel like we are free-spirited adventurers.
I can’t wait to see this sunrise at Froggy Beach.
I want to set you a challenge. I don’t want you to tell me why you can’t travel anymore.
Simply start traveling more in your own hometown or nearby region. And I want you to start planning today!
Jump on Trover and search for new and exciting things to do, following the steps we’ve shown above.
Plan out an entire day or a weekend getaway using the helpful tips and suggestions from others in the Trover community. Put your travel glasses on and see it from a different perspective.
Then share your own tips and photos within Trover itself to help those in the community wanting to explore your local region.