Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

The Worst Travel Trend Of All Time: Begpacking

Traveling the world is something a lot of us dream of doing someday. But it’s not exactly affordable. So people usually save up for months, even years, for a trip of a lifetime. Even then, that might not be enough. But the people of Southeast Asia are noticing some Westerners trying to take advantage of their generosity by begging for money to fund their travels, and it’s not sitting well with them. If anything, it’s starting to tick the people of the Indonesian island of Bali off.

#1. According to an immigration officer, the Western begbackers are mostly Russian, British, or Australians.

It’s easy to see why people are reporting these begpackers to the authorities. This foreigner is begging for money to travel to Thailand, while an aging homeless woman is collecting junk to sell for food.

#2. Not too long ago, a concerned local posted a video on Facebook about an irresponsible Russian begpacker who put their baby at risk.

Zayl Chia Abdulla captioned the video, “I happen to pass by this area in Bukit Bintang and I saw this irresponsible act that can literally cause injury to that poor baby. Why is the authority allowing such act to be showcase to public? These street performers need to be arrested! Please do something”.

#3. A begpacker from Russia asks people to take money out of their pockets and put it into his, because who doesn’t have a couple of dollars to spare, right?

It’s a well-known fact that Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places in the world. Sergey could’ve asked for a job somewhere, sweeping floors or even working reception at a hostel in exchange for free accommodation and food. But he chose to go out on the streets and ask others to sponsor his lifestyle. Understandably, the locals can’t help but roll their eyes at these types of requests.

#4. Some foreigners are begging for money in working class neighborhoods still reeling from disasters.

In this area, a foreigner is asking for money to fund his journey through Asia. But some believe that it’s wrong to ask for a hand out from a community recovering from the damage experienced by a typhoon.

#5. Even though she looks western to the core, this begpacker pretended to not know any English when Twitter user, Raphael Rashid, confronted her.

But many folks couldn’t help but wonder why she hadn’t sold her watch to make a quick buck or two if she was strapped for cash. The girl seems to be doing remarkably well too for a beggar, too. She’s got a fresh manicure and all! We can’t remember the last time our nails have looked as good as hers.

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