Have you ever been on a vacation that ended up being a total nightmare? I have. I was fifteen and my extended family had decided to take a roadtrip to Penang. It was a long 9 hour journey, and when we arrived at the hotel, it was nothing as advertised. It was isolated from everything, old and run-down, and the beach nearby was filthy. It was a long four days, and needless to say, I haven’t been back to Penang since. That being said, I didn’t get into much trouble, and as boring as it was, it’s considered mild compared to the trip Troy and KC Montero took for their upcoming Discovery Channel show, Worst Vacation Ever. From racing boats, to getting into a Muay Thai bout, these brothers put themselves through horrible vacation ideas and try to make the best of it. We speak to them over the phone to find out more.
How did the idea for the show first come about?
Troy: The idea came about in my brother’s living room I believe. We were sitting around and brainstorming ideas over pizza and some beer and we came up with a bunch of ideas that we wanted to pitch to Discovery, and this was probably one out of maybe 20 or 30 ideas that we came up with.
Can you describe the premise of the show?
KC: We wanted to go and experience some of what people claimed to be bad vacations.
Troy: Yeah, just to expand on that, we saw a bunch of bad travel reviews on sites like Trip Advisor and even on social media, so we decided to investigate and find out if it’s really the place or if the travellers had an isolated bad experience. We wanted to do our very own version of “myth busting”, I guess.
So, could you tell us more about the filming process of the show? Do you guys get into any trouble, any dangerous or any bad situations?
KC: I think a couple of times we almost missed our flights and one other time the flight was cancelled because of mechanical problems. Oh, and we almost were run over by some boats when we were racing in a canal in Thailand. That was pretty crazy. We had a permit to film, but the traffic wasn’t stopped so we could’ve been “t-boned” by some of the bigger boats on the channel. They weren’t stopping for us and we weren’t exactly the most proficient at boating. There was a pretty high chance of us getting hurt, and come to think about it, I don’t even know if we were insured.
Troy: Well yeah, we were like a couple of chickens in the middle of the road, running around. Some of the bigger boats would flying by, and they were really close. Over the course of the show, there were a few injuries, a few hangovers (laughs) and I think we also lost a cameraman.
You lost a cameraman?
Troy: I know, that’s going to translate well.
KC: He’s alive, though.
Did you guys venture into any dangerous territories?
KC: We didn’t go into any dangerous territories because we didn’t want Discovery Channel to have to come bail us out. We also didn’t have enough money to bail each other out, so we didn’t cross the line, but we did push the envelope quite a bit. I don’t think any travel show has covered Angkor Wat quite like we did in the Cambodia episode so keep an eye out for that.
Troy: Yeah looking back, many things we did on the episodes could’ve been considered dangerous. We shot live weapons, we raced in boats that were totally out of control, and we ate weird foods. Yeah, many things could’ve gone wrong, come to think of it. I’m just glad that none of the crew got eaten by an alligator or something like that.
What would be your ideal vacation then? Something like the one you guys went on?
KC: No. No, no, no. I don’t want to do that. My ideal vacation is doing nothing. I don’t want to hike, I don’t want to go to a witchdoctor, I don’t want race boats, and I certainly don’t want to fight a Muay Thai fighter. I want to sit by a beach, I want to lay down, I want to sleep, and I want to drink beer. I don’t want to have to fear for my life or worry about if I’m going to get arrested or miss my flight home. That’s not my ideal vacation.
Troy: I think for me, I do like all those things. I like to make the most out of my vacation. KC is totally right. If you give him four days somewhere he’s going to spend three of them laying on the beach or sleeping in, even possibly not leaving his hotel room. For me, though, I really want to explore and try different foods, and stuff like that. So, the way that the show is, is really similar to how I would visit other countries.
What are your three top travel tips?
Troy: First, do your research on the place so you can find out, places to eat and stay, and what’s going on in the area. Second, make sure you come prepared by bringing the proper gear, be it backpack, shoes, clothing etc. Finally, go there with an open mind because you really never know what’s going to happen, especially if it’s your first time in a new place or a new country.
KC: Yeah, I’d have to say the same. I just want to add that you should travel with someone who won’t annoy to the point of you wanting to murder them.
Troy: Yes, murder and vacation don’t go together.
Worst Vacation Ever airs 9pm, January 29 on Discovery Channel. Don’t miss it.