App of the Week: Trover

Trover Android

At the start of November, I took a trip with one of my best friends to Japan. In planning our trip, my friend and I visited all the usual resources — websites like Trip Advisor, Airbnb, and in the case of Japan specifically, Japan Guide, but there’s one app I wish I had know about before I got on a 14 hour flight to Tokyo.

That app is Trover, a kind of Instagram for travellers that’s evolved a fair bit since its initial release. At present, it helps its users fuel their wanderlust, as well as discover restaurants and places to see.

However, you don’t need to be a traveler to appreciate what Trover has to offer, as the app can be used to discover the best of what your own hometown has to offer. Its geolocation feature arranges photos based on the relative proximity of the location they were shot at and arranges them in three different categories — food, outdoor and art. Having seen a lot of Toronto’s side streets, I was surprised to discover several nearby murals I hadn’t yet discovered in my own wanderings.

Likewise, an account is not required to start using and enjoying the app, though if you intend to post photos of your own, then you’ll need to get one.

Download Trover from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.