“Begpacker”: Tourist who travels backpacker-style without sufficient funds but asks for donations, freebies, and handouts from locals. It is often done in countries where the average income is far lower than what he/she could earn working a minimum wage job at home.

We all love travelling. To exotic, faraway lands, especially. We plan for months or even years, trips like that. Dreaming about said trips, for months, or years. Saving money for months or even years. It seems though, that some travelers, just forgot about the last part. They are called “begpackers”, and the definition to the term, is given in the beginning of this article.

These “begpackers” are becoming quite annoying, especially in Asian countries. There, it is said, mostly the British, the Australians and the Russians beg in the street in order to travel. And in Bali, the locals got so frustrated with the increasing number of western begpackers, that immigration officers started escorting them to their embassies, in order to find a solution to this problem.

“We tend to report these cases to the relevant embassies so that they can oversee their citizens who are on holiday,” said an Indonesian immigration officer.

Here is a collection of 25 Begpackers. Some of them are just cringy. While others, straight out provoking.


#1 Saw This Foreigner Begging To Travel To Thailand Next To An Elderly Woman Who Is Collecting Junk In Order To Resale To Survive

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#2 In A Very Working Class Neighbourhood That Has Been Especially Hard Hit By The Typhoon How You Have The Nerve To Beg For Money To Fund Your Travels Around Asia Is Completely Beyond Me

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Your new clothes and new shoes, begging for money in a wet market as people around you try to rebuild their shops and lives

#3 Begpacker In Hong Kong

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#4 Begpacker

#5 I Happen To Pass By This Area In Bukit Bintang And I Saw This Irresponsible Act By Russian Begpackers That Can Literally Cause Injury To That Poor Baby

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#6 Begpacker In Seoul

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#7 Beg Packers – Tourists Who Travel With The Intent To Beg For Money From The Locals To Fund Further Travel. Peep The Sign, Too

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#8 Initially She Started To Beg With Her Child And Picture Of Her Because Her Husband Dumped Them

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Few days later this husband pops out and they are together begging.

#9 Begpacker From Russia

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#10 Begpacker In Seoul

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#11 She Is Stil Active And Doing The Same Scam Since We Reported In May In Penang, Malaysia

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#12 Begpacker

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#13 Westerners Are Traveling Around Asia On A Shoe String Budget And Begging For Money To Fund Their Trip

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#14 Somehow Begpacking Is Becoming A Trend Among Ukrainians, Please Support Them, Share With Us When You See Them To Help These Brave Hard Working Travelers!

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#15 Begpacker Giving “Free” Hugs

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#16 They Literally Would Create Such A Gimmick Of Putting Blind Folds And Offer “Free Hugs” With A Donation Box Asking For Help To Fund Their Travels

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We can clearly see how privileged these guys are because a lot of Asian girls got so giddy about them to the point that one of them wept with joy while being bear-hugged by one of them. Welp, I guess this is becoming a trend now…

#17 What Ever Happened To “Free Hugs”?

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#18 Begpacker In Seoul

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#19 His Signs Reads: “You Can Hug Me For Free And If You Want You Can Support My Trip And Leave Some Donation Let’s Hug”

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What makes this guy think anyone wants to hug him? And to pay him for it? Pssh nah bro, get a job like the rest of us

#20 Yesterday I Saw These Blindfolded Travellers Asking For Money In One Of The Most Transited Areas Of The Shopping District Of Kuala Lumpur

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#21 Begpacker Near Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

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#22 Begpackers Spotted In Hoi An

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#23 Begpackers In Asia

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#24 Begpacker

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#25 Begpackers In Thailand

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