Believe it or not, its Saturday again! A Stay At Home Saturday. Again. And again. And again. Anyone else bored looking at the walls of your home? Anyone else get thoughts of anywhere else popping up in their head? I literally sent a message to LizC this week “Ohhhhh, remember Miniso?” (A store we like to visit when we go to La for concerts?) The lady group is passing around photos of places we want to go “When we get out of here?”. Do you have those thoughts? It’s currently the hot summertime, remember going to the ocean? Or a beach? Or a POOL? Eating things you didn’t make yourself? Or handed off to you via a contactless messenger service? (UGH, or handed to you through a drive-through window where you can see everyone is wearing the masks under their noses and you almost cry because you realize this bagel now has the ability to kill you?)
I miss it. Gah. I miss travel so much. International. Nationwide. Statewide. Alas, for the foreseeable future, we’re going to have to sit here in our homes remembering the times and hoping that they’ll come around again. One way that’s fun to temporarily placate (or poke at) the travel bug? Watching the travel variety shows! You know the ones, idols or actors going to some foreign local, we all pretend there is a hoard of people/cameras following them and watch them all be all fish out of water? Trying to get from place to place, eating local foods, going to local touristy spots? Yeah, doing all the things you wish you were doing right at this very second?
Well, luckily, there’s a lot of them! So many so, you can pick your desired locals, your desired stars, and find a show to fit your taste! The following is a list of some of the more popular or notable shows.
Paired together for an unforgettable trip across Asia, stars Lee Seung-gi and Jasper Liu become buddies as they connect with fans and local cultures.
Stephanie’s Note: This just popped up on Netflix. SaraG is watching and LOVING it. There was a moment when she was saying “I love Twogether!” and I responded “OMG! I Love 2Gether!” see the issue? Alix sat there and let us swoon over two different shows, waiting for us to realize the error.
Traveler (Various Seasons)
The program is about two travelers, who went to Cuba, that combines trips and documentaries whom take a backpacking trip and enjoy a variety of experiences in the local area. For two weeks (26 December 2018 – 10 January 2019), both travelers backpacked in Cuba to learn about Che Guevara’s freedom and revolution, Buena Vista Social Club’s brilliant melodies and enjoy the refreshing feeling of old cars (1950’s to 1970’s) and mojito. This backpacking trip is without the interference of the production crews and both travelers have to make decisions of their choice together on finding private accommodations, known as casa, eating and transportation.
New travelers Ahn Jae-hong, Kang Ha-neul and Ong Seong-wu visit Argentina. For two weeks (30 November – 12 December 2019), the trio became real travelers in the original landscape of Argentina and enjoyed the beauty of a dozen times more colorful than their changing attire. They will go to places like Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier and fighting against the wind on the road across Patagonia.
Stephanie’s Note: I love Lee Ji Hoon! He’s one of the guys in season one! I remember watching one of the episodes and he’s darling!
Law of the Jungle (Various Seasons)
Law of the Jungle (Hangul: 정글의 법칙; RR: Jeonggeul-eui Beopchik) is a South Korean reality-documentary show that airs on SBS. Each episode features celebrities sent to survive in remote locations around the world. The show was first aired on October 21, 2011. The show’s 300th episode aired in 2018.
Stephanie’s Note: TONS of seasons on this, tons of episodes. I watched a bunch of stars eat an iguana. Watched Jin from BTS fishing with a BTS Bomb. And SaraG tells me a couple of the Nu’est members are in the seasons, so you better believe I’m going to hunt those down.
One Fine Day (Various Seasons)
Season Shinee: SHINee is first one do be in One Fine Day. All members have choice to leave somewhere they want, but they have to take care of everything.
Season BAP: Popular idol travel variety show. B.A.P is heading to Hawaii to rest and do some challenges.
Season Super Junior: Super Junior’s members Leeteuk, Eunhyuk and Donghae are going to Switzerland for their trip.
Season B1A4: B1A4 embarks on a trip to Tongyeong, Korea in order to rest and enjoy the delicious food and beautiful places. Also, they will encounter with unexpected problems which will make of their trip a memorable experience.
Season VIXX: Popular idol travel variety show. VIXX is heading to Jeju island to rest and do to some challenges.
Season Girls Day: Girl’s Day heads to Okinawa, Japan for a trip to relax and to partake in various missions.
Season Seventeen: With a format outside of the conventional One Fine Day of celebrities, Seventeen surprised the production team, who assumed that the group would not be able to do anything and would be confused to be abandoned on an island using themselves.
Stephanie’s Note: Awwww I remember watching parts of the Shinee episode! When Key went to England? Awww remember England?
TayNew Meal Date
Follow Tay Tawan and New Thitipoom as they visit the best places to eat at the end of every month.
Stephanie’s Note: Wonder who Tay and New are? Obviously, you’re not a fan of BL then! Alix and I watched many a TayNew Meal Date episode on a day of BL and Bubbles. All they do is go a place and Thailand and eat food. It’s amazing.
Grandpa’s Over Flowers (Various Seasons)
This show is about 4 veteran actors traveling around the world with the help of a luggage boy a.k.a Lee Seo Jin with a limited budget. First season of the show is filmed in
Season 1 Paris, Strasbourg, Bern, and Lucerne.
Season 2 Taiwan
Season 3 Spain
Season 4 Dubai and Greece
Season 5 Eastern Europe
Stephanie’s Note: I think I watched the first episode and I always wanted to see more! For some reason these cranky old men traveling makes me giggle.
Noonas Over Flowers
Produced by Na PD, this show is about 4 actresses traveling in Turkey and Crotia with Lee Seung Gi joining them as the luggage boy.
Stephanie’s Note: Lee Seung Gi will travel anywhere!
Youth Over Flowers (Various Seasons)
Season Peru: Produced by Na Young Seok PD, three best friends Yoon Sang, Yoo Hee Yeol and Lee Jeok travels to Peru.
Season Iceland: This season of Youth Over Flowers was initially announced with three cast members, Jung Sang Hoon, Jung Woo, and Jo Jung Suk. The three actors went to Iceland. Kang Ha Neul joined later.
Season Australia: Bringing Winner to Australia. The four-member group will travel for 8 days and 6 nights.
Season Africa: Ahn Jaehong, Ryu Junyeol, and Go Kyungpyo were surprised by Youth Over Flowers team during the last day of their Reply 1988’s celebratory vacation in Phuket, Thailand and were taken to Namibia. Park Bogum who had returned from Phuket early for his Music Bank filming was “kidnapped” right after his Music Bank recording. They stayed in Africa 10 days.
Laos: Youth Over Flowers team surprised three actors and they only find out that they gonna be on vacation in Laos.
Stephanie’s Note: I have the one with Baro downloaded and always meant to watch it! Now I want to soo bad! I hear they cheat the entire show and NEVER get caught until the end.
Carefree Travelers (Various Seasons)
This is a travel program whereby the cast travels around various countries in the form of package tours alongside participating travelers and invited guests, but without the usual managers, talent agents and various staff behind the scenes tagging along. For Season 2, slightly different from Season 1, the cast, invited guests and participating travellers travel around various countries experiencing local cultures, based on the schedule tailored from the wish lists of the fixed cast and invited guests, and following local package tours.
Five young men get on a plane to an unfamiliar country, cameras in tow. On the show, the five idol stars explore the country, trying to create a report for Korean broadcaster KBS’ 9 o’clock news.
Stephanie’s Note: We watched the first episode, too cute. Side note. I watch a lot of first episodes of things. Gotta work on my follow-through.
New Journey to The West (Various Seasons)
Season 1 Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun, Eun Ji Won, and Lee Seung Gi embark on a 5-days and 4-nights trip to Xian, China, where each one of them is assigned a character from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. The members must collect all the dragon balls to get their wishes fulfilled by the staff members.
Season 2 In this season, Lee Seung Gi, who is enlisting for his mandatory military service, is replaced by actor Ahn Jae Hyun. The members visit Chengdu and Lijiang, China, where each one of them is assigned a character from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. The members must collect all seven dragon balls to get their wishes fulfilled by the staff members.
Season 3 Each member takes one of the characters from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West” as they go to different destinations every season. In Season 3, Kang Ho-dong, Eun Ji-won, Lee Soo-Geun, Ahn Jae-Hyun, Mino and Kyuhyun travel to China (Guilin and Xiamen). New characters (Master Roshi and Bulma) were also introduced.
Season 4 In Season 4, current members from Season 3 travel to Vietnam
Season 5 In Season 5, Kang Ho Dong, Eun Ji Won, Lee Soo Geun, Ahn Jae Hyun, Mino, and P.O travel to Hong Kong and Hokkaido.
Season 6 follows immediately after the 5th season of the show. It takes place in Hokkaido, Japan, where the theme changes from Horror Special to Fruits Special.
Season 7 The theme for this season is ‘homecoming’ and is plan to deliver lots of joyful laughter through creative costumes and games.
Jung Hae In’s Travel Log
Actor Jung Hae In becomes the producer of a documentary. He is hosting his version of the documentary Backpack Travels and chooses his first destination New York, the city where every traveler dreams about. It is a documentary about walking as he travels around the city. He will be joined by his fellow actors Eun Jong Gun and Lim Hyun Soo, and they will show their unexpected chemistry. How will their walk-documentary turnout?
Stephanie’s Note: I love watching stars traveling to the US. When Nu’est went to New York? Swoooon.
BTS: Bon Voyage (Various Seasons)
Season 1: BTS traveling around North Europe for 10 days, celebrating their 3rd year!
Season 2: Follow BTS as they have a memorable 9-day journey in Hawaii!
Season 3: The seven members are making happy memories in Malta!
Stephanie’s Note: I thought they went to New Zealand for season three? RM stressed me OUT in season 1 with his losing his passport.
‘NU’EST Road’ is a reality show that features all five members go on a friendship journey to discover unknown travel destinations and create precious memories together.
Stephanie’s Note: Yep, I did it, I put this in. They go to Japan so it COUNTS. Watch the episode when they get scared at the amusement park!
So, are you thinking of travel? Where do you want to go? For real, I think I’m going to go and spend the rest of the day watching these shows. Highest on my list, Twogether, That Youth Over Flowers season with Baro, and Grandpa Over Flowers! Oh! And the JR season of Law of the Jungle! So many travel shows, so little time!
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