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Beg Packers-Stop the Nonsense

Beg Packers-Stop the Nonsense

Volunteer, Intern, WorkAway or Stay Home

Call it Millennial Hashtag Delusions born of Instagram travel porn or White Privilege I am tired of these articles about “beg-packers.”
Back in the mid 90’s I took a year off from college. I worked in the French Quarter as a bartender to save money to hang out in Jamaica for a few months. On my way to work and when leaving after a brutal shift of drunken fools I would see these “Street Ra[t]s” — white hippie kids with matted cat hair masquerading as #dreadlocks with signs that read “spare a sip man”
New Orleans is a poor Black city and these lazy and typically middle-class kids were sprawled on the streets asking for money and sips from people’s cups.
Now I am reading about this same strain taking it global. When I ran out of money hanging out in Brazil I got a job tutoring English. When I wanted to stay longer in the Comoros I offered my design and writing services to an NGO in exchange for a place to live, food, and a stipend.

Where is the sense of self-responsibility?

@JeromeTaylor @StickboyBangkok A few in HK. See this one the island and Kowloon, never actually travels it seems. — ian taylor (@koknia) April 12, 2017

Take your entitlement back home or be a productive force in the developing world.

Leave more than a carbon footprint and bad taste in the locals’ mouths.

Travelling across the world — even if it’s in cheap hostels on a budget of £5 a day — is not a God-given right; it’s a luxury that millions will never have. Backpackers might be able to justify their behaviour to themselves, saying that they’re not forcing anyone to give to them/they really can’t afford their next flight/they’re busking not begging, but deep down they surely know what they’re doing is wrong.

With the rise in the social media attention and articles on blogs and newspapers I have to wonder is it rally a thing on the rise or just click bait designed to create discussions?

About The Author

Growing up, I traveled throughout the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa with my parents. During college, I did several study abroad programs. Since graduating I've been living overseas. I now call South Africa home.

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  1. I love your writing style and I never realized that “beg-packers” were such a phenomenon.

  2. Have been reading about beg-packers recently and can see it’s causing a bit of a stir. I’ve got no problem with people getting creative to raise money for travelling but begging is not something I really agree with.


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