The Rise of Begpackers: Are They Ruining Tourism in Asia?
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In Asia, a new type of traveler has emerged, known as a “begpacker”. These are tourists who ask for money to help fund their trips. Some sell items or perform music, while others simply ask for donations. This trend has been most noticeable in countries like Thailand, India, and Indonesia. However, it’s not always well-received. Some people think it’s annoying, even disrespectful, especially in places where locals struggle to make ends meet. The term “begpacker” comes from the words “begging” and “backpacking”. While some see this as a fun new way to travel, others see it as taking advantage of the kindness of locals. As Asia reopens after the pandemic, will the “begpackers” return? Or will they find new ways to fund their travels, perhaps online?
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