15 Photos Proving Why People in Asia Are Fed Up Of Western ‘Begpackers’ Asking Locals To Fund Their Travels
Everyone loves to travel and a vacation is eagerly looked forward to and saved up for which makes it all the more meaningful. Travelling to different parts of the world helps you experience different cultures and also creates memories to last a lifetime. However, in the world today, there is one form off travel that is frowned upon and that’s free backpacking. The phenomenon of free backpacking or begpacking as it is being called is slowly becoming a nuisance for people in Asian countries who are growing fed up of westerners begging ion their streets not for food but brazenly to fund their vacation of travelling.
Begging to support one’s family is one thing but bumming strangers to fund your selfish goals is something else. Immigration officers in Indonesia and Bali have even started sending these begpackers to their embassies to be sorted out. Take a look at the pictures posted by other individuals in various platforms and the photos speak for themselves.
1Saw this foreigner begging to travel to Thailand
The comparison of this picture speaks volumes about the selfishness of the begpacker. This foreigner is begging next to a woman collecting junk and scrap which she presumably will sell to support her family.
2Begging in a neighborhood hit by a typhoon
How inconsiderate? This is a working-class neighborhood that was hit hard by a typhoon, yet the begpacker thinks nothing of begging there just so he can travel through Asia. How people can act in such ways is unthinkable.
3Begpacker in Hong Kong
For many around the world, a vacation is out of bounds and travelling within one’s own country is also out of reach because of the cost of travel. But for westerners, it’s comparatively easy where someone can just fly off to Senegal on a three-month visa but for a Senegalese, that would be next to impossible because of the harsh restrictions. This is why many take advantage and simply rely on begging to get them through.
Will Hatton, founder of the “Broke Backpacker” organization said “Whilst it is not OK to beg whilst travelling there really is nothing wrong (or new) with busking or selling hand-made jewellery on the side of the road.” That’s fair, but nobody likes making an effort, begging is simpler.
5Begpackers misuse children for tricks in Bukit Bintang
One Facebooker posted what he thought was totally irresponsible. He said I happen to pass by this area in Bukit Bintang and I saw this irresponsible act by Russian begpackers that can literally cause injury to that poor baby.