Instagram couple begs followers to pay for their £9k Africa vacation because working ‘is not an option’ for them.
An Instagram couple has been slammed online after asking followers to pay for their £9,000 vacation to Africa because working “is not an option” for them.
Elena Engelhardt and her husband Catalin Onc, from Germany, document their exotic travels on their joint Instagram account Another Beautiful Day and boast over 34,500 followers.
Having visited everywhere from Bali to Kingdom of Nepal, Paris and Copenhagen in recent months, the German couple have currently set their hearts on a tandem bike ride to Africa in July – however got to raise £9,000 to make this dream a reality.
But whereas most people would have to save up for months to fund this sort of vacation, the influencers are hoping their online following will give them with the money they need.
The couple have set up a Go Fund Me page where they claim they want to take followers “on this huge adventure” before asking for money “towards the bike and equipment, food and accommodation” as well as internet and SIM cards to keep their following in the loop.
They added: “Some will simply tell us to get jobs, like everybody else and stop begging.
“But once you have the impact we do on others’ life, getting a job isn’t an option.”
The couple insist that they want to “show the beauty of this planet and its inhabitants, however also the ugliness” on their journey which might supposedly raise awareness for mental health.
Anticipating that followers would tell them to fund the trip themselves, the couple said they didn’t wish to “make fast money” through modelling as that would “advertise consumerism.”
What’s more, the couple insists that working would be “detrimental” to their lifestyle – and presently they’re hoping on Catalin’s mother for funding.
In a comment which was hastily deleted, Catalin wrote: “At this very moment, my mother is funding us; she works 2 jobs and has not much herself.
“We didn’t ask her for money however she loves that she is able to assist. Mum, I want you to know, that it’s not only us but hundreds of others that have the benefit of your help.”
Unsurprisingly, this questionable arrangement didn’t sit well with fans who urged the “free-loading” couple to fund the trip themselves.
Commenting on their Go Fund Me Page – which has raised just £178 of the £9,000 goal in 8 days – one user raged: “You’re not impacting anyone’s life, you’re just a couple of freeloaders making an attempt to get holidays paid for by mugs.
“Stop sponging off your mum (aren’t you embarrassed?), stop begging, and stop trying to convince the world that great holiday for you 2 somehow improve the world.”
Another branded the couple “narcissistic and over privileged” and asked: “Who wouldn’t want to travel and not work?
“This only helps you, nobody else benefits.”