One appeal, which states ‘support our trip around the world’, is propped up by a pricey DSLR camera
There are a few reasons in life why people may genuinely need to beg on the streets.
Whether that be that they’re ill, poor or even just needing funds for survival.
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However some people are appealing to the public for an entirely different reason – one that many are calling ‘disrespectful’.
The Western backpackers – who have been branded ‘beg-packers’ on social media – have been singing in the streets and even selling postcards in a bid to fund their trips.
One couple decided to sell postcards (Picture: Twiitter/ @ImSoloTraveller)
Another held up a sign asking for funds to help him travel
One traveller sat with takeaway food while begging (Picture: Twiitter/ @ImSoloTraveller)
Images taken by people living in the region show the tourists holding signs which read ‘Hello friends! I need money for travel’ and ‘I am travelling around Asia without money, please support my trip.’
One appeal, which states ‘support our trip around the world’, is propped up by a pricey DSLR camera – worth hundreds of pounds.
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The ‘beg-packer’ rising was first brought to light in 2016, when Maisarah Abu Samah, who is from Singapore, posted two pictures of begging tourists on Twitter.
She said: ‘It was the first time I’ve seen something like that and it stopped me in my tracks.
‘First of all, you don’t see many people selling knick-knacks or playing music in the street in Singapore because there are strict rules governing these activities.
‘And, if you do happen to see street vendors or street performers, they are usually in the town centre and not near a bus stop in a relatively middle class neighbourbood like this. I’ve also never seen white people doing that.
The travellers are begging in some of the world’s poorest regions (Picture: Twiitter/ @ImSoloTraveller)
He had a violin, but no money (Picture: Twiitter/ @ImSoloTraveller)
‘We find it extremely strange to ask other people for money to help you travel. Selling things in the street or begging isn’t considered respectable.
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‘People who do so are really in need; they beg in order to buy food, pay their children’s school fees or pay off debts. But not in order to do something seen as a luxury.’
One person, named only as Khalid, posted a picture of a woman holding up a sign beside her busking partner.
He said: ‘People from first world country asking donations from third world country to help them travel the world.’
And this guy had an amp, but no money (Picture: Twiitter/ @ImSoloTraveller)
This couple had a lot of musical equipment, but could not fund their trip
The ‘beg-packer’ trend has even now spread to the internet – with a dedicated website, Fund My Travel, allowing people to ask for donations.
Unlike the street ‘beg-packers’, the website only allows requests to ‘fund meaningful travel experiences.’
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However some people are using the site as a platform for cheap travel.
One recent appeal, for example, begged for funds to allow one man, David, and his partner Sebastian to enjoy ‘outrageous adventure, eating bugs, cliff diving, scuba and jungle trekking’ on an extreme budget.
They’re asking for around $5,000 (£4,000) to cover their airfare, accommodation, and spending money.
So far they have received $20 (£16).