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Summer’s Best Deal Convertibles

by Chelsea Jimenez July 20, 2012. Leave a comment

With temperatures reaching all time highs across the US, more and more convertibles are out on the road. With this, there’s no wonder you have had cabrio-envy, often finding yourself daydreaming about shutting the A/C off for once and being able to feel the breeze while driving around town. Though convertibles are normally seen as a luxury item, there are many used soft-tops and hard-tops in the market that won’t make you break the bank to get one. On Trovit we have over 50,000 used convertibles for sale, but if you’re looking for the best deal why not consider one of these convertibles:

Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

– Used Starting at $9,950 on Trovit

Fiat 500C

– Used Starting at $15,993

Mazda MX-5 Miata

– Used Starting at $1,750

MINI Cooper

– Used Starting at $1,500

Chrysler Sebring Convertible

– Used Starting at $1,300

Ford Mustang Convertible

– Used Starting at $1,400

Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

– Used Starting at $1,701

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

– Used Starting at $1,890

Volkswagen Eos

– Used Starting at $10,990

BMW 128i Convertible

– Used Starting at $24,221

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The Happiest Jobs in America

by Chelsea Jimenez July 11, 2012. Leave a comment


Jobs that will have you whistlin’ while you work.

Thanks to CareerBliss, a career community dedicated to helping you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life, this week we bring you the top 5 happiest jobs in America.

Curious which American workers have the most satisfying jobs? Well, today’s your lucky day! You can check out some of the happiest jobs in America.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: happiest jobs based on whose opinion? Well, CareerBliss collected more than 100,000 employee-submitted company reviews. These reveal how much employees love their jobs based on key happiness factors, such as boss, coworkers and work-life balance.

Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and University of Tulsa professor Brad Brummel led the team in narrowing down the top factors of happiness that most directly influence workplace satisfaction. Employees ranked their feelings about these top 10 happiness factors: the people you work for, people you work with, support you get, rewards you receive, growth opportunities available to you, culture of your company, work you do, control over your work and the reputation of the company.

The following jobs scored the highest overall happiness rating:

1. Software Quality Assurance Engineer

These folks are the happiest, mostly because they love both their coworkers and their respective companies. As our world is increasingly dependent on technology, the demand for software quality assurance engineers is high as well.

The average salary for software quality engineers is around $65k.

2. Executive Chef

Chefs were among the happiest as well because they get the opportunity to do what they love with people who share their passion.

The average salary for executive chefs is around $58k.

3. Property Manager

Property managers actually tied with executive chefs for the number two spot of the happiest jobs in the country. Property managers ranked high in happiness because of the work they do and the people they work with as well.

The average property manager salary is about $49k.

4. Teller

Folks who love interacting with people on a regular basis are particularly happy as tellers. Most of the employees who reviewed their jobs for CareerBliss said they particularly appreciated the banks they worked for and the people they worked with.

The average teller salary is about $25k

5. Warehouse Manager

Warehouse managers play a strong role in coordinating storage and distribution of any company.

The average salary for warehouse managers is about $44k, depending on the company and location.

Click here to check out the full list of happiest jobs in America

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Celebrate the Fourth of July Colonial Style

by Chelsea Jimenez July 4, 2012. 1 Comment

Two-hundred and thirty-six years ago the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, announcing that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as independent states, free from British reign. To celebrate this day nearly every city across the 50 States has its own special festivities, but some of the oldest and most traditional celebrations are found in the thirteen original colony states. Check out the best of that each of the original thirteen has to offer!


  • Check out the County fair and Fourth of July parade in Dover.
  • At nightfall see the local fireworks displays in Bethany Beach, Elsmere, Felton, Newark, or Rehoboth Beach.


  • Start the day in Philadelphia at the presentation of the Liberty Medal at Independence Hall in Philadelphia followed by the Philadelphia Fourth of July Parade, and finally, fireworks!
  • Have some fun at the Sunoco Welcome America! Festival with over 50 events and activities throughout the day.
  • Outside of Philadelphia you can run in the Central Pennsylvania 5k family fun race.
  • In Central Pennsylvania join the activities at the 4th Fest and be sure not to miss the Great American Cherry Pie Eating Contest.
  • Join in on the Birthday celebration at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
  • Make a long weekend out of it at the four day long American Music Fest in Harrisburg.

New Jersey

  • Catch some wind at the Ocean City annual kite-flying contest at Carey Stadium off the Boardwalk and follow it up with some entertainment and fireworks.
  • Watch the world-famous Macy’s fireworks from a boat in Jersey City.
  • Make your way to Ridgefield Park to see one of the oldest Fourth of July parades in the US.
  • Top your day off with the fireworks display at the Jersey Shore.


  • If you’re in Atlanta don’t miss the Centennial Olympic Park’s annual celebration.
  • Car-lovers can’t miss Cumming Fairgrounds in Forsyth County where they can see the Steam Engine Parade featuring vintage vehicles and floats.
  • Cool off at Lake Lanier Islands Water Park with live music shows and drive in movies at the pool.
  • Come away with a tasty souvenir at the Stone Mountain parade as all attendees get watermelon slices. Also, don’t miss the fireworks show as it boasts an amazing laser and graphic effects attraction on a huge screen.


  • Attend the 2 day festival, Fourth at the Wharf in Norwich for endless entertainment and fireworks.
  • Get active at Brownstone Park for outdoor fun like ziplining, beach volleyball, and obstacle courses to name a few.
  • Head to Mystic Seaport to see the boat races on the Mystic River, have a picnic on the Village Green, check out the Independence Day parade, and see Civil War military exercise reenactments.
  • Have an exhilarating Fourth at Stanley Quarter Park celebrating the Great American Boom with carnival rides and games.


  • Don’t miss Boston Harborfest which includes more than 220 events including walking tours, concerts, Revolutionary-era historical reenactments, and the famous Chowdafest.
  • See the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in the Hatch Shell aside the Charles River which includes a free outdoor concert and fireworks.
  • Dine at the Sky High Fourth of July Dinner and celebrate 52 floors above the back bay at Top of the Hub with cocktails and views of the fireworks over the Charles River.


  • Join in on the Salute to Independence in Sharpsburg Maryland at the Antietam National Battlefield.
  • See the fireworks display at Fire on the Mountain.
  • Take in the tunes at the Great American Festival at the National Harbor Waterfront.

South Carolina

  • Catch the boat Parade at Murrell’s Inlet.
  • Have a great time at the Fourth of July Blast at Patriot’s Point in Charleston.
  • Attend the Red White and Blue on the Green festival in Summerville.
  • And of course, set off your own fireworks (safely), as it’s permitted in South Carolina.

New Hampshire

  • Check out the Laconia July 4th Celebration with the gala parade, activities, concerts, and a fireworks extravaganza in Opechee Park.
  • Visit Gilford for the Lakes Region Weekend Country Fair.
  • Watch the best fireworks displays from Salisbury or Hampton Beach.


  • Spend the day in Colonial Williamsburg and see how life was before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • Take the Blue Ridge WineWay Fourth of July Weekend Tour and scout out the local wineries.
  • Check out a car show like the Culpeper Fourth of July Car and Bike Show.
  • Visit the Yorktown Victory Center and participate in military drills and exercises.
  • See the Big Stone Gap’s Red White and Blue Parade at Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.
  • Get musical at the bluegrass country festival at Breaks Interstate Park.
  • The most popular fireworks displays are  “Stars in the Sky” in Newport News and “Fourth of July at First Landing” in Virginia Beach.

New York

  • The most popular parades are the annual Chinatown Parade and the Annual Brooklyn 4th of July Parade.
  • Go back in time at the Van Cortlandt Manor or Washington Irving’s Sunnyside with a program full of food, entertainment, activities, and costumed interpreters.
  • Browse New York City at the 4th of July street festival.
  • Watch the fireworks from the Empire State Building, a boat in New York Harbor, or the George Washington Bridge.

North Carolina

  • Attend the official North Carolina Fourth of July Celebration in Southport.
  • See the parades and party in Raleigh or Chapel Hill.
  • Pet lover? Parade your pet through town at the annual Pet Parade held each year in Pinehurst.
  • Watch the fireworks over the USS North Carolina in Wilmington.

Rhode Island

  • Watch the annual Drum & Bugle competition.
  • March in the Bristol Parade and end the day watching the fireworks over Bristol Harbor.

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5 Reasons to Book a Vacation Rental for Your Next Family Vacation

by Chelsea Jimenez June 28, 2012. 1 Comment

This week we would like to bring you a special guest blog post by Claire Fischer, editor for FlipKey’s blog. Flipkey has 150,000 vacation rentals located in over 7,000 cities throughout the world, and you can now search them in Trovit’s international sites:

US, UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany


Family travelers are always searching for new ways to get the most value on vacation, and these days they are turning to vacation rentals as the ideal type of accommodations. According to the USTravel Association, 30% of travelers in the United States are considered family travelers: those traveling with either children or grandchildren. For these multi-generational groups, looking to save when they travel, websites like Trovit and FlipKey make it easy to find and book vacation homes in destinations around the world. Here are five reasons to book a self-catering house or apartment the next time you travel with your family:

1) More Space

When staying in a vacation rental you and your family can take advantage of an entire house instead of trying to cram into one or two hotel rooms. Many times, the price of a rental home will be the same or lower than the price of a standard room in a hotel with comparable amenities (check out the vacation rental calculator on TripAdvisor). Multiple rooms provide increased privacy for parents and make it easier to travel with fussy babies, light sleepers and cranky children because your family can spread out and relax. In a vacation rental, you are able to get your beauty rest without losing sleep over the cost.  And that is if you are traveling with only a small family…

2) More People

If your family has more than four people, or if you are interested in traveling with a group of friends, then hotels can be an inconvenience on your plans and your wallet. You need to book multiple rooms at the hotel for everyone, and you need to make sure that those rooms are close enough together to keep an eye on the kids. Often, this kind of arrangement requires booking far in advance and results in extra fees for cots and extra guests. Vacation Rentals take the pressure off when traveling with a large family or a group of friends. There are rentals to accommodate groups of all sizes. And since cost is based on the whole home, the price per person is almost always lower in a vacation rental than in a hotel.

3) Pet Friendly

According to the US Travel Association, “18% of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel and over 49% of adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be a part of their family.” Few hotels allow pets to stay in their rooms, and the ones that do… you probably want to make sure they aren’t listed on TripAdvisor’s list of the 10 Dirtiest Hotels. Pet-friendly vacation rentals maintain a high standard of quality while still allowing your furry family members to stay with you and over 35,000 rentals on FlipKey allow you to do just that.

4) Feels like home

When you stay in a vacation rental, it feels like home. You get all the comforts of a house that a hotel just can’t compete with. Access to everyday amenities like a kitchen, grill, and DVD player make your stay more enjoyable, and you don’t have to worry about locking your valuables in a safe or dealing with obnoxious hotel guests (or screaming children) running down the halls at night. Plus, vacation rental owners love and care for their properties, and they often incorporate personal touches to make you feel like a visiting friend instead of just another hotel guest. Vacation Rentals offer the tranquility and comfort needed for a family vacation. You can even pick a rental that suits your family: baby proof? pool access? activities and games for children? You decide. There’s a Vacation Rental for everyone.

5) Low Cost

The final, bottom-line reason why vacation rentals are better than hotels for family travel is the price tag. As mentioned above, there are clear economic benefits for large groups and families staying in vacation homes due to the extra space and amenities. There are also additional savings beyond the hotel bill:

  • Free Internet
  • No Pet Sitter needed at home
  • Access to family entertainment such as games and movies
  • Eating meals in your rental instead of dining out for every meal

When staying in a hotel, unless you have requested a suite with a kitchen (which costs extra), you end up spending additional money on every meal you eat. In popular tourist destinations, restaurant prices are higher than average, and the expense can burn a hole in your wallet quicker than expected. Access to a fully equipped kitchen and proximity to local stores can help you save hundreds of dollars because you can cook your own meals and only occasionally go out for something special.

So there you have it: Five reasons to skip hotels and rent your accommodations on your next family vacation!

You can find more travel tips on the FlipKey Blog, and follow @flipkey on Twitter.

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Father’s Day Weekend Getaways

by Chelsea Jimenez June 15, 2012. 1 Comment


This Sunday is Father's Day and many people may still be scrambling around looking for a gift for their Dad, but lucky for you we here at Trovit Vacation Rentals know exactly what he wants! Quality time with YOU! So why not take the weekend to get away and spend some one on one time with your old man? We have great ideas of places to go for every type, from the Dad that can't stay still, to the Dad who just wants to soak up the sun in a comfy lounge chair.

If your Dad is Adventurous why not consider doing an overnight at your nearest National Park? With nearly 60 National Parks in the US you're bound to have one nearby to spend the day hiking and enjoying the views with your Pops.

Where to stay in:
Grand Canyon
Glacier National Park

For the Urban Dads who prefer skyscrapers to mountains just head to your nearest big city where you can spend the weekend playing tourists.

Where to stay in:
New York City
Los Angeles

Artistic Dads' dream Father's Day getaway would have to include strolling through a museum in the company of his favorite child. Even if he's already been to the museum, 'artsy' dads don't mind a repeat trip!

We suggest:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Art Institute of Chicago
Cleveland Museum of Art

If your Dad looks forward to the weekends to be able to relax in front of the TV, why not take him outside to get the same R&R, but to the sounds of waves crashing instead of football players tackling.

Outer Banks
Hilton Head
Santa Barbara
Fort Lauderdale

A very Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there!

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Trovit Employee Feature IX: Caroline

by Chelsea Jimenez June 4, 2012. Leave a comment

It’s starting to get warm over here in Barcelona, the home of Trovit HQ. With people starting to think about summer vacation, it can be hard to sit someone down for long enough for them to tell us about themselves. However, in true Trovit Employee Feature style we have managed to pin down our next “volunteer”.


Name: Caroline

Age: 29

Position in Trovit: Country Manager for Trovit Netherlands and official caretaker for Morocco Cars.

First thing she does when she gets to the office: To start the day Caroline likes to head to the kitchen to grab some breakfast and a cup of coffee, after which she checks her emails.

The best thing about Trovit: Being young and international herself, Caroline likes the fact that Trovit has a very relaxed, youthful and multicultural atmosphere.

Why would she recommend to a friend that they work in Trovit? The job is extremely varied and no two days are the same. In her previous job, Caroline used to be very focused on sales with little opportunity to manage her own time. In Trovit, she enjoys the opportunity to manage her time as she sees best.

Hobbies outside of work: She likes all things sport; field hockey, running (along Barcelona’s beach) and going to the gym to name just a few. Caroline also enjoys dining out in some of the wide variety of restaurants that Barcelona offers.

Music she listens to at work: Coeur de pirate, Keane and Michael Kiwanuka are all featuring on her playlist at the moment.

Dream job (not counting Trovit of course): any job that managed to combine both traveling and sports would suit Caroline just fine.

Favorite view from the office: The view from the Trovit games room looking out onto the Mediterranean sea, Montjuic and the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Remei.

Where she would like to visit: She would very much like to see Kuala Lumpur, along with the surrounding areas of Malaysia. As luck may have it, she will be spending her honeymoon doing just that for a whole 3 weeks.

Some other things everyone should know about her: She is often assumed to be Dutch, but is in fact Belgian (she grew up in the Flemish part of Belgium, speaking French at home and Dutch at school). Sticking with the language theme, Spanish is impressively the 6th language she has learnt, with French, Dutch, Italian, English and a touch of German being the other 5.

Want to get to know other Troviters? Find out more about Guillem, Albane, CamilleDaniAislingSophia, Javiand Mavi.

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Summer’s Here! (unofficially)

by Chelsea Jimenez May 30, 2012. Leave a comment


Most people consider Memorial Day Weekend as the kick-off to the start of the summer season, and we like to agree, so we’ve launched  our Vacation Rentals search option in the United States so you can start planning your summer getaways A.S.A.P. Search over 100,000 vacation rentals across the US on Trovit.

No idea where to go? Here’s a list of the top vacation destinations in the United States according to U.S. News Travel. Whether you’re a city, beach, or mountain lover, there’s a place for everyone!

Had a different place in mind? Search wherever you want to go, when you’re going, and the amount of people going on Trovit Vacation Rentals.

Happy Vacationing Troviters!

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World Press Freedom Day 2012

by Chelsea Jimenez May 3, 2012. Leave a comment


Today, May 3rd, has been established as "World Press Freedom Day" by UNESCO as a day to "evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession."

If you are passionate about current events and want to be part of the next generation of journalists, editors, broadcasters, and news reporters, there are many offers across the United States for all things to do with the press. For every magazine, newspaper, television news program, radio broadcast that we read, watch, and listen to, a lot of people are needed to make it happen. Here's a few ideas about the types of careers in the industry. If you're interested in seeing available job vacancies across the U.S. you're just one click away!

Freelance Journalist
Copy Editor
Freelance Copy Editor
Editorial Assistant
Creative Lead
Creative Writing
Producer (radio, t.v., …)
News Reporter
Writer Editor

Looking for something different in the industry? Browse more job offers in Arts, Entertainment, and Publishing

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National Volunteer Week

by Chelsea Jimenez April 18, 2012. Leave a comment


As the current employment situation in the United States makes finding a job a rather long process for most Americans, it's important to look for other ways to keep your resume current. One of the best (and most gratifying) ways is to look for volunteer opportunities in local organizations. In honor of National Volunteer Week we want to give you some ideas on where to find volunteer work.

On Trovit we have nearly 7,000 volunteer opportunities which you can browse and apply for, but if you are interested in volunteering for a specific cause we've put together the following list of some of the top NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and their current volunteer vacancies in the United States.

Looking for a different cause? See the full list of the top 100 Best NGOs in the world!

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Trovit Employee Feature VIII: Mavi Jimenez

by Chelsea Jimenez March 26, 2012. Leave a comment

Though the Trovit offices are officially located in Barcelona, some of our tech team telecommutes to work from other parts of Spain. In this employee feature find out more about what it’s like to be a telecommuter for Trovit.


Name: Maria Elvira Jiménez, but everyone just calls her Mavi

Age: In February she turned 30 and was scared that it would be more traumatic, but she’s realizing life in your 30s isn’t so bad after all

Studies: She has her degree from the University of Murcia as a Technical Engineer in Computer Systems. Recently her love of art has brought her back to the University as she’s currently in her second year studying Fine Arts.

Hometown: A small town outside of Murcia called “Mula.” She enjoys Mula because of it’s tranquility and the picturesque castle (Castillo de los Vélez) overlooking the city.

Previous Job: She worked in a bank as a COBOL programmer, but it wasn’t the right job as everything was too serious and she couldn’t wear her Converse!

Position in Trovit: PHP Programmer, and currently the only female in what we call the “Parsing Corner” (the section of the office where the programmers sit).
(We’re currently looking for a Senior PHP Programmer at Trovit. Have what it takes? Apply here!)

How she started working as a telecommuter for Trovit: A friend of hers, who was already working for Trovit as a telecommuter, asked her if she would be interested in the offer and she decided to try it out. The trial period seems to have gone well as she’s been with Trovit for nearly 3 years.

A typical day as a telecommuter: At 8:00am her alarm clock goes off and she gets dressed. Though many people think telecommuting means you can work in your pajamas, Mavi believes that if you’re not dressed you can’t work. Her computer is programmed to turn on at 8:15 while she makes coffee, puts on her music, opens up the Trovit chat, and starts her day.
When she’s done she closes everything up and heads off to class. When she gets back she checks back up on work to make sure she hasn’t left anything undone.

The best and worst of being a telecommuter: When she first started to work at Trovit she was surprised by how much they trusted her though she was not physically in the office working. She likes how telecommuting allows you to manage your time how you like (studies, run errands, personal life, etc.) and since you’re at home, your work environment is much more comfortable and much quieter (and generally less stressful). To add to the benefits, as transportation and gas prices continue to rise, she considers herself lucky to not have to spend money on the bus or have to grab the car to get to the office. Bad part about telecommuting? You need to have a lot of self-discipline to continue pushing yourself.
*She would also like to add that telecommuting means she can’t share in on the sweets, pastries, cakes, etc. that we have in the kitchen to celebrate birthdays and Trovit anniversaries.

Hobbies: She loves art and has always loved to draw, design, and paint (we would like to note that she is very good at it). Her natural talent and passion for art is the reason she started studying the Fine Arts. She also loves to swim and whenever she can get a free moment she heads to the pool.

4 things everyone should know about Mavi:
-At 6 foot 1 her height is something that always draws attention
-She loves junk food and Coca Cola
-She has an alter-ego which you can see in her blog
-To pay her way through college she worked as a mailwoman for the Post Office and got to deliver mail on a Vespa (this is what sparked her love of Vespas).

Wish you could telecommute? Search thousands of job offers for telecommuters on Trovit!
Want to get to know other Troviters? Find out more about Guillem, Albane, CamilleDaniAislingSophia, and Javi

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