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Old Jun 13, 18, 3:27 pm
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The Telegraph: The curse of the 'Gap Yah' traveller

I know this style of travel will appeal to few on here, but it does make me wonder what you guys actually think about this issue:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/li...=tmgoff_fb_tmg

I mean, the title/link kind of speaks for itself, but still...
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Old Jun 13, 18, 3:32 pm
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What a complete bunch of losers.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 3:39 pm
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Just as disgusting as those BP'ers who lurk at patio restaurants and finish off the half eaten plates of the people who have just left.

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Sounds like a different, perhaps more sinister, strain of Affluenza.
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Some people have no shame. Pathetic.
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Truly a drain on society.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:14 pm
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We have them in Hong Kong.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/04/1...aging-critics/

Apparently, what makes them worse than the hundreds of Mainland beggars is that they are white!!!! (But it is Jason Wordie so...) At least the bongo ones seem to have moved on. Damn they were annoying.

The Caucasian beggars hitting Hong Kong with a vengeance while police turn a blind eye | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post
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Ah yes, begpacking. I am wondering when this will start causing problems for more conscientious travelers i.e. having to carry proof of funds where previously it would never have been asked for.
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I saw this in Mount Hagen a few months ago...some Aussie (?) group. Absolutely ridiculous in a province having to grow their own foods to live with their families, very high level of the poverty. "Selling" local goods outside the Mount Hagen School & Library. Didn't click until this article.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 2:51 am
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Ah yes, begpacking. I am wondering when this will start causing problems for more conscientious travelers i.e. having to carry proof of funds where previously it would never have been asked for.
I'm wondering how many begpack for the "experience" (bragging rights and the social media likes) rather than actually needing the money.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 3:45 am
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This article was from more than a year ago, why post now?
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Old Jun 14, 18, 7:21 am
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This article was from more than a year ago, why post now?
Does that *really* matter? It's still relevant.
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I'm wondering how many begpack for the "experience" (bragging rights and the social media likes) rather than actually needing the money.
Er...all of them, I would say. By definition, if they are travelling across continents and not working for a year, they are not poor.

I had never heard the term "begpacking" before, but it's a good term. That is exactly what it is. Begging. I could use other terms too. "Scrounging", "sponging", "bludging" and "bumming" are just a few that spring to mind.

The whole online "crowdfunding" (read: techno-begging) trend is testament to a growing sense of entitlement in the so-called "developed world" and "begpacking" is exactly the same.

So many people seem to believe that they are genuinely entitled to something for nothing. The thought that they should actually earn and save the money themselves never even crosses their minds.

These people often state that travel "broadens the mind" or "helps their personal development". These ends would be far better achieved by getting off their lazy behinds and waiting tables or pulling pints for a couple of years to build up some savings, before they flounce off to whatever "mind expanding" university course tickles their fancy.

Sorry for the rant, but this whole "gimme" culture gets my hackles up.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 7:57 am
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It isn't limited to underdeveloped areas. My wife and I saw a fair number of "begpackers" in Portland, Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest a few years ago.
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