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5 reasons why you should watch Battle Trip before you travel

Battle Trip is a South Korean entertainment program which sees two groups of celebrities travelling and competing with each other based on specific topics and showing viewers travel tips.

Then the audience in the studio will vote which group win the battle.

The show has showcases not only destinations around Asia but in other continents such as Europe.

Known to be helpful for travellers, even former celebrity couple Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo were reportedly watching the show before planning out their honeymoon.

If you are planning to go for specific location, here are five reasons why you should check out Battle Trip (if the show had featured that destination) before you go:
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1.You can have the exact travel itinerary and see how it turns out

Planning your travel itinerary can be stressful, so how about letting these Korean celebrities plan it for you?

Some of these itineraries are not the typical touristy itineraries. For example in an episode featuring actors Hyun Woo and Tim, the two celebrities divided their Bali itineraries into two parts. On the first day they went to the main tourist attractions while on the second day, Tim took them to hidden spots of Bali.

How did he knows the hidden gems of Bali? Tim stayed there for a month when he filmed the Indonesian TV series, “Saranghae, I love you”.

The show also features different kinds of theme for every episode while giving audience different kind of itinerary, even if it is at the same location.

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For instance, there is one episode features a snack tour in Seoul which one group goes around the city in search for tteobokki (Korean rice cake) and another looking for bakeries.

2.You can get a rough idea of how much to plan for your budget

The most important thing about any travelling plan is the budget. You can roughly know how much these celebrities spend when they travel, especially on food and drinks.

Some of us might not be able to afford what they eat (like Kobe beef in Japan) but most of the eateries featured in the show are quite affordable.

They might not be exactly clear about other expenses such as transportation fee. Viewers, nonetheless, still can know the rough budget especially for food and entrance fees to tourist sites.

3. You can get an idea of what (and where) to eat too!

As these Korean celebrities eat through the show, you can also roughly plan and expect what to have in your trips.

Although depending on the celebrity, some of them are quite picky with their food while some are adventurous.

This show can be mouth-watering to watch, especially when the celebrities have the same food preferences like yours as they enjoy their food throughout the journey.

4.Of course, where to visit and what to do

Who would not want to visit the World Liquor Museum in Jeju, South Korea or go bob-sleighing in Canada?

Every trip has its own unique itinerary of places to visit even when the destination has been featured more than once in the show.

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Additionally, the show showcases different itineraries based on the different season. Hence, the audience can decide when is the best season to visit a particular destination.

For example, you can only visit Sapporo Odori Beer Garden in Hokkaido, Japan for booze during the summer.

Or you can visit the Blue Pond in Biei, Hokkaido which only looks picturesque in the summer but not in winter.

As for Hokkaido’s Shirahige Falls, it only looks like it comes straight out of a fairy tale during winter while it looks like any other waterfall during summer.

5.Finally, they show you the reality of travelling; the ups and downs as well as the good and the bad

The best part about Battle Trip is it shows the reality of travelling. Sometimes, not everything goes your way even after you meticulously plan for everything.

While watching the show, you can take note of what to watch out for if you are planning to go to the same place.

For instance, when the K-pop Infinite members went to Gangneung, South Korea for a short hike, the Badabuchae-gil Trail was closed due to bad weather.

Watch how the celebrities make up for their setbacks when things did not go the way they planned.

You can watch all the episodes of Battle Trip on KBS World’s official Youtube channel.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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