5 Korean Travel Variety Shows You Can Watch To Go On A Virtual Vacation

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Don’t go stir crazy just yet, because these five reality shows will effectively cure your wanderlust by making you travel the world…virtually!

While the world still works on flattening the curve of the pandemic, the side effects of confining ourselves to our homes are felt on an intense magnitude.

Quarantine helps keep everyone safe until a cure is discovered, but it doesn’t come without waves of boredom. If you suddenly feel the strong urge to pack your suitcase and travel the world or head to a Idaho resort, we can totally relate. However, until the situation permits it, our travel plans will have to be shelved for the meantime.

Now, before you start sulking about it in a corner, we’ve compiled five of the best reality shows that will help you travel from the comfort of your home. It may not be your dream vacation to Paris or Seoul, but until we’re out of the woods, this is the next best thing.

Get your virtual passport ready, and pack your best digital summer dresses, because these reality shows are taking you on a virtual vacation! (Who knows, these might even inspire you for your next holiday destination.)

1. 2 Days 1 Night

2 Days 1 Night

Starring Kim Jong Min, Yeon Jung Hoon, Moon Se Yoon, Kim Seon Ho, DinDin, and Ravi, this long-running reality show is definitely one for the books. It’s longevity and all-star cast alone prove how much of a firework this travel program truly is.

The series features the cast members as they traverse the beauty of South Korea. Aside from the breathtaking scenery from the trips, 2 Days 1 Night habitually throws funny challenges and missions for the members to complete, which always have corresponding prizes and consequences.

There’s nothing quite like watching celebrities take on hilariously arduous tasks for your entertainment. Say it with us now: Two Days…One Night!

2. Traveler


Season 1 of Traveler featured Ryu Jun Yeol and Lee Je Hoon. It followed their travel escapades in the Caribbean tropics of Cuba, which is famous for its distinctive music and rhythm.

Season 2 invites you to follow the adventures of Ong Seong Wu, Ahn Jae Hong, and Kang Ha Neul. Here, they immerse themselves in the wonders of beautiful Argentina, also known as The Country Frozen In Time.

Aside from generating a bunch of laughs, Traveler is geared towards traversing the multi-faceted culture, history, and cuisines of the countries they visit. The local interactions are always a great way to pick up a nugget of knowledge as your takeaway. Are you ready for some in-depth exploration of these enriching cultures?

3. Bon Voyage 

BTS Bon Voyage

Tag along with Bangtan Sonyeondan as they travel to the far flung corners of the world in Bon Voyage. Get ready to laugh and shake your head at their triumphs and epic fails as the boy group is faced with challenges to find their way in foreign lands.

One of the most exhilarating highlights would have to be when they rode the daunting Nevis swing and catapult in New Zealand. The most laughable moments would include the times when the boys struggled to navigate to their hotels, got on the wrong bus in Norway, nearly lost their suitcases, and grappled to communicate with the locals in Malta.

Additionally, BTS served up some heartwarming moments as well; like when Jin befriended a local, or when V gave stickers to children at a fastfood chain.

If you appreciate the ineffable beauty of Europe, the serene landscapes of New Zealand, and the language barrier misadventures of BTS, Bon Voyage will be your new best friend. The show illustrates BTS like you’ve never seen them before.

With uncharted waters full of adventure, Bon Voyage gives them a platform to overcome fears and explore the world. No stage, no makeup, no cheering fans, no performances; just the boys, random challenges, a foreign country, and a map. What could possibly go wrong?

4. GFRIEND Memoria  


Dive into the colorful and quirky world of GFRIEND’s reality program, GFRIEND Memoria. Yerin, Sinb, Yuju, Sowon, Umji, and Eunha recently launched their own travel show on the social media platform, Weverse.

The ensemble of six takes their fans on virtual adventures as they tour around South Korea and rise to the occasion to complete their missions. The travel program shines the spotlight on the girls as they stumble into the most hysterically funny situations with spectacular vacation spots as their backdrop.

Viewers may be used to seeing the K-pop stars all dolled up and ready to take the stage. But this series depicts them in low-key environments that challenge them in both unnerving and comical ways. Prepare yourself for a healthy dose of playful antics, friendly competition, and strong teamwork that will make you love GFRIEND even more.

5. Begin Again

Begin Again

Feed your soul with picturesque scenery and poignant music in Begin Again. In contrast to the funny, energetic, and bustling themes of most travel programs, Begin Again is a soft and relaxing breeze by the sunset.

The reality show features the melodious voices of Lee Juck, Paul Kim, Lee So Ra, Girls’ Generations’ Taeyeon, and AKMU’s Lee Soo Hyun while they go on full fledged busking sessions in Europe.

Follow these K-pop artists on their journey to some of the world’s most captivating countries, such as Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, and Ireland. Kick your feet up and immerse yourself in soul-stirring cityscapes, country landscapes, and panoramas while these seasoned performers serenade you with heartwarming music.

Better start streaming this show if you’re in the mood to fall in love with Europe’s romantic vista paired with mellifluous music. Begin Again is a masterpiece that effectively conveys the universal language of music and cultural beauty.

While you embark on your virtual vacation, we wish you safe travels!

Source & Image Credit: JTBC, GFRIEND Official Youtube, Big Hit Entertainment, KBS, VLive, Viki, Weverse, Youtube