World Bali has had enough of begpackers: Freeloading travellers to be sent packing - No word on them blasting Slayer to drive them off

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Foreign tourists who beg or sell small items for money to fund their travels have become commonplace across Asia, and immigration authorities in Bali have had enough.
Ever since Bali first established a position on the tourist trail in the 1920s, the Indonesian island has become a haven for foreign travellers in search of sanctuary among its picturesque paddy fields, deep blue breaks and sacred temples.

From well-heeled proponents of "barefoot luxury" (with a firm emphasis on "luxury") to down-at-heel backpackers for whom budget is the buzzword, Bali has something for everyone. Well, almost everyone.

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There is one type of tourist that the island's immigration office recently said is not welcome: the begpacker.

A product of the sort of entitlement only privilege affords, the begpacker has become a scourge across Asia, affecting everywhere from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, as well as here in Hong Kong.

Almost always white, the bedraggled begpacker often clutches a handwritten sign appealing for help. "I am travelling around Asia without money. Please support my trip," they might entreat passers-by, blissfully unaware that the cost of their round-the-region journey probably exceeds the annual earnings of the local residents they purblindly petition for help.

In Bali, begpackers have become such an issue that authorities have had enough.

"We have seen many cases of problematic tourists, lately they are either Australian, British or Russian," Setyo Budiwardoyo, who works at the Immigration Office of Ngurah Rai, in Bali, told Indonesian-language news portal Detik on June 25. "Foreign tourists who run out of money or are pretending to be beggars, we will send them to their respective embassies," he said.

The idea of touching down in a country knowing you don't have the financial means to support yourself is surely unimaginable to all but the most self-indulgent traveller.

Particularly in a place where the tourist dollar (or rupiah) means such a lot to the local community.

Tourism accounts for up to 80 per cent of Bali's economy, according to a 2018 Vice magazine article, and has helped lift people out of poverty through an increase in employment opportunities and a rise in regional income.

While there are environmental arguments against the impact of the industry, Bali's residents are at least financially better off than they were a decade ago.

But only if visitors are willing to spend.

Those who aren't - whether Chinese tourists on zero-dollar tours, on which sightseers are wheedled into shopping at stores where all profits are siphoned back to China, or Western begpackers, who would rather sponge off the kindness of strangers than pay their way - are a financial drain on the island.

And a misplaced passport or a stolen wallet are no excuse, either.

Consulates and embassies exist to, among other things, help travellers in genuine need of assistance; although it should be noted that having made the "lifestyle choice" to travel off others' handouts probably doesn't fall under the category of "genuine need".

As far as Destinations Known is concerned, there is no romance to poverty and nor is there virtue in travelling the world for free. Someone has to pay for it, somehow, so it might as well be you.

And don't even get us started on those who attempt to crowdfund their round-the-world adventures …
People In Asia Are Sick Of Western ‘Begpackers’ Asking Locals To Fund Their Travels For Them (29 Pics)

Travel is truly one of the best things that a person can do – it broadens the mind, fosters empathy with people of all races and cultures and creates memories that last a lifetime. However, travel is a luxury and a privilege that only a fraction of the world's population can afford.

So when Western people, with all the privileges we hold, are found 'begpacking' on the streets of developing countries, it can leave a sour taste. Tourism is a vital source of income in many countries; we should travel in such a way that maximizes the benefits for local people and businesses. Sponging off the kindness of strangers to further our own selfish travel goals is just not on! If you can't afford to travel, stay at home until you earn enough money to do it ethically.

Authorities in some countries have had enough, and now immigration officers on the Indonesian island of Bali have started sending these 'begpackers' to their embassies to get themselves sorted out. "We have seen many cases of problematic tourists, lately they are either Australian, British or Russian," one official said. "We tend to report these cases to the relevant embassies so that they can oversee their citizens who are on holiday."

While we don't know the context behind these pictures - some of these people might genuinely have been a victim of some misfortune - others are clearly just looking for a free ride around the world.

What do you think about this phenomenon? Have you traveled on a tight budget before? Have you ever found yourself needing help in a foreign country? Do you see a problem with this kind of 'begpacking?' Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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For the vast majority of the planet the cost and practicalities of travel make it simply an unattainable dream; visa regulations are stacked heavily in favor of Western passport holders and affordable flights just don't exist in many parts of the world.

A European can, for example, pop over to Senegal for 90 visa free days whenever they feel like it. However, if a Senegalese person wanted to do same, going back the other way to Europe... harsh rules and restrictions apply for them. This is the reality for most of the developing world, so be thankful for the greater freedoms your passport gives you. Click here to check out the 2019 Global Passport Power Rank.

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There is nothing wrong with sharing a skill, like teaching a language for example, or selling some hand-made products. Travelling on a shoestring is a source of pride for many people, who enjoy the challenge of survival in challenging places. That's also fine, as long as you don't become a burden and have to rely on others, who themselves may have little to give.

“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,” Will Hatton, founder of the Broke Backpacker blog, told the Independent.

“This isn’t a conventional career choice but it is how some people opt to travel the world and if you are sharing a skill or selling a product I really don’t see the harm. I think a lot of people are threatened by backpackers living so hand to mouth as it’s a lifestyle which many people just can’t get to grips with – ultimately though, for many, it’s far more fun to travel the world on $10 a day than to be chained to a desk.”

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"The news about foreign tourists turning to begging and busking on the streets of Kuala Lumpur cannot be good news. They claim they need money to continue their world travel." Malaysian businessman and traveller TV Smith said in an Instagram post.

"It cannot be a good thing as it might affect all of us travelers, especially travelers on a budget."

"I am very angry reading this as I do not travel without sufficient funds or contingency. Most of us don't. We stick to a plan and go home when money run low."

"How will it impact you? Soon, many countries may start imposing conditions to enter such as minimum amount of money in travelers cheques or you must carry a credit card with a healthy credit limit. Or provide proof of hotel reservations and return tickets. I have seen it imposed at entry points in the UK in the 1980s. I don't know if travellers cheques still exist and it was a hassle buying them before a trip. It will affect genuine travelers everywhere."

"I think it is best we do not give money to these panhandlers as it will only encourage more shoestring backpackers to do the same. Some of the beggars boast on their Facebook, showing off their lavish lifestyle funded by begging from locals. Many just pretend to be poor and may have a platinum card in a pouch somewhere."

Pretty much sums it up! Let's hope this horrible new 'phenomenon' is quickly dealt with. Travel responsibly, everyone!

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I've only posted about half of the screenshots from that Bored Panda source, but you get the idea.

Looks like people in Asia are sick and tired of champagne socialists with "wanderlust" fever. In this occasion, I'd say that this is definitely "visa privilege and currency exchange privilege", seeing as how they can show up in the middle of Indonesia with around 100 USD and go by just fine. But at the same time, I can definitely see how this can be seen as a mockery for locals.

And the hashtag #Begpacker is getting traction on twidder, take a gander for some real hot takes.

I'm all for kicking hippies out so they have my full support. Fuck these hobos.
 
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You just triggered me! but seriously, every single fucking hippie uses the same expression to justify their "oh so careless" lifestyle.

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Begpacking - A New Phenomenon.

The news about foreign tourists turning to begging and busking on the streets of KL cannot be good news. They claim they need money to continue their world travel.

It cannot be a good thing as it might affect all of us travelers, especially travelers on a budget.

I am very angry reading this as I do not travel without sufficient funds or contingency. Most of us don't. We stick to a plan and go home when money run low.

How will it impact you? Soon, many countries may start imposing conditions to enter such as minimum amount of money in travelers cheques or you must carry a credit card with a healthy credit limit. Or provide proof of hotel reservations and return tickets. I have seen it imposed at entry points in the UK in the 1980s. I don't know if travellers cheques still exist and it was a hassle buying them before a trip. It will affect genuine travelers everywhere.

I think it is best we do not give money to these panhandlers as it will only encourage more shoestring backpackers to do the same. Some of the beggars boast on their Facebook, showing off their lavish lifestyle funded by begging from locals. Many just pretend to be poor and may have a platinum card in a pouch somewhere.

Picture of a busker I captured in Chinatown. Not saying he is a begpacker,

#begpacking #begpacker

#PunchABegpacker should start trending.
 

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I don't get it. So do these guys have magnets or something that suck money out of people's pockets?

Don't donate to them and they starve to death, problem solved.
They give legit travellers a bad name and impose on the kindness of those much less fortunate than them, in those countries. Imagine being so selfish and clueless to not realize how rëtarded and insulting a rich Aussie hippie looks like, begging for spare change in the streets of Jakarta or Mumbai, while nonchalantly blogging about it on Instagram.
 

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See, that's what I'm saying. I'm sure they all have a good stash of backup/emergency money right on tap if they ever need it - so they're not broke-ass poor as the people who live in the countries they "explore", which adds to the insult.

And these two free spirits are leeching off social services, considering that there's actual needy people who could benefit from access to the city's free soup kitchens but choose to eat at those places. And again, they're 300 Euros away from saying "eh I'm bored, going back home" whereas the people in those soup kitchens don't have that possibility.

Reminds me of the lyrics of Pulp's "Common People", it describes these fuckers pretty well.

[Verse 1]
She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
That's where I
Caught her eye
She told me that her Dad was loaded
I said "In that case, I'll have rum and coca-cola"
She said "fine"
And then in thirty seconds time she said

[Chorus 1]
"I wanna live like common people
I wanna do whatever common people do
Wanna sleep with common people
I wanna sleep with common people like you."
Well, what else could I do?
I said "I'll... I'll see what I can do"

[Verse 2]
I took her to a supermarket
I don't know why but I had to start it somewhere
So it started there
I said "pretend you got no money"
And she just laughed and said "oh, you're so funny"
I said "yeah...
Well, I can't see anyone else smiling in here
Are you sure

[Chorus 2]
You wanna live like common people
You wanna see whatever common people see
Wanna sleep with common people
You wanna sleep with common people like me?
But she didn’t understand
And she just smiled and held my hand

[Bridge]
Oh, rent a flat above a shop
And cut your hair and get a job
And smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all, yeah

[Chorus 3]
You'll never live like common people
You'll never do what ever common people do
Never fail like common people
You'll never watch your life slide out of view
And then dance, and drink, and screw
Because there's nothing else to do
Oh!

[Chorus 4]
Sing along with the common people
Sing along and it might just get you through
Laugh along with the common people
Laugh along, even though they're, they're laughing at you
And the stupid things that you do
Because you think that poor is cool

[Verse 4]
Like a dog lying in a corner
They will bite you and never warn you
Look out, they'll tear your insides out
'Cause everybody hates a tourist
Especially one who, who thinks it's all such a laugh
Yeah, and the chip stain's and grease will come out in the bath
You will never understand
How it feels to live your life
With no meaning or control
And with nowhere left to go
You are amazed that they exist
And they burn so bright whilst you can only wonder why

[Bridge]
Rent a flat above a shop
Cut your hair and get a job
And smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all, yeah

[Chorus 5]
Never live like common people
Never do what common people do
Never fail like common people
Never watch your life slide out of view
And then dance, and drink, and screw
Because there's nothing else to do
 
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kinda powerlevelling here i think, but yeah I've been seeing more of these type of scum in my area/places i tend to travel to but locals here aren't aware about this as much since my country isn't as popular for tourism

these assholes don't bathe either but they sure as hell don't care about another country's culture/tourism if they're just borrowing cultural props from towns
 

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They give legit travellers a bad name and impose on the kindness of those much less fortunate than them, in those countries. Imagine being so selfish and clueless to not realize how rëtarded and insulting a rich Aussie hippie looks like, begging for spare change in the streets of Jakarta or Mumbai, while nonchalantly blogging about it on Instagram.
I figured they had some kind of backup fund. No one is that stupid to just strand themselves in a foreign country. That's kind of what I was getting at, don't donate to them and let them use their own money to slink back home instead of using embassy resources. Then make it illegal for foreigners to beg on the street.
 

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I figured they had some kind of backup fund. No one is that stupid to just strand themselves in a foreign country. That's kind of what I was getting at, don't donate to them and let them use their own money to slink back home instead of using embassy resources. Then make it illegal for foreigners to beg on the street.
Well that's just it - the locals are poor as it is so I reckon that they eat away their funds slowly but surely anyways. But even then, it's reasonable for locals to be fed up with these freeloading idiots.
 

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See, that's what I'm saying. I'm sure they all have a good stash of backup/emergency money right on tap if they ever need it - so they're not broke-ass poor as the people who live in the countries they "explore", which adds to the insult.

And these two free spirits are leeching off social services, considering that there's actual needy people who could benefit from access to the city's free soup kitchens but choose to eat at those places. And again, they're 300 Euros away from saying "eh I'm bored, going back home" whereas the people in those soup kitchens don't have that possibility.

Reminds me of the lyrics of Pulp's "Common People", it describes these fuckers pretty well.



There's a certain variety of schadenfreude I really enjoy, it is from watching the jackass kids of jackass yuppies become utterly worthless adults, and throw away everything their parents had earned. They raised spoiled, sheltered, mediocre kids, and here is one of the results.
 
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