n. A backpacker who finances their food, lodging, or transportation expenses by asking for handouts.
But in the age of social media, crowdfunding, and hashtags, the dream of free travel has morphed once again, giving us the phenomenon of #begpackers: People who travel backpacker-style on a beggar’s budget, asking for contributions, freebies, and handouts from locals or fellow travelers…as they go.
I recently came across a unique kind of traveller: the beg-packer. Like the name implies, it literally means begging your way through the places you travel.
Images of so-called begpackers — Western tourists who beg, busk or sell trinkets on the streets — have been widely shared on Twitter, drawing criticism from locals who says the practice is deeply disrespectful.
"Beg-packers" is the word sometimes used to describe young Western tourists who play music or sell knick-knacks in the streets of southeast Asia to pay for their trips or to purchase their ticket back home.
#begpacking: When you have no money to travel and need funding from others. #wotd #poor #needmoneytotravel