Selling postcards, playing guitar or just sitting on a rag with a board: ”Please give me some money for my Worldtrip”. The trend ”Begpacking” becomes very popular in Southeast Asia. Some people love to do it. Others disgust it and say that it’s bad for the economic wellness of the local people. The moral answer is difficult and there are a lot of opinions about it on social media. But how can you become a ”Begpacker?”
Selling scorpions to local people
If you can’t play an instrument or make awesome photo’s to sell it as a postcard you can always play the Beg-packer who sells scorpions. First you need to catch the dangerous animal, then fry it and later hopefully some locals will buy it. They love scorpions right? I think it would be not a good idea, because most of locals don’t eat bugs and scorpions. When I ate a scorpion my local friends laughed and said nobody eats scorpion here. Only some tribes who live far from the society. It’s just a market for the tourists.
In Thailand there are a lot of local people who work very hard for their money. So it would be wonderful if some western ”Beg-packers” volunteer to give Thai people some massage. Because the local people are earning a bit money by giving cheap massage to the ”farangs”. So now is your chance to give the favour back! But remember Cheap Cheap!
This one challenge is maybe more dangerous for the ”Beg-packers”. If you want to be really cool and post crazy pictures on social media than you need first to find a snake master and learn from him the crazy art of ”snake charming”. When you get the hang of it you can always go on the street with your fresh catched dangerous snake and ask for money when you try to dance with him. Would you take the risk? Because Im not.
If you are into skating you can earn some money by showing around your crazy skate moves. You can invest in a music box and do some moves on your skateboard. Than get some attention by the beats you skate on. This one is more safe and you don’t get fast in problems with the police. I would try this one myself if I get stranded. But be careful for other anti-begpacker travelers who want to steal your board!
What would you do if you get stranded or robbed in Asia and need to earn more money to continue your Worldtrip?