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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I was chatting to another traveller last week and he told me that he's encountered a lot "scabs" on his travels around the world, and that the inexperienced backpacker needs to be ready to deal with them.

Most backpackers are surviving on little, and every freebie helps, but in your opinion, are the majority of backpackers opportunistic freeloaders?


2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I think it depends on the situation and the persons character but i don't think most travellers would be. yes you want to save some money to do more so you're going to take anything you're given but not necessarily at the expense of another, as for the threat of them against yourself , well once you're sensible and not too guilable they're not going to be able to get too much from you,

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Well, that was pretty much my opinion too. I've never been in a situation where that's happened to me, but he was a bit condescending and said that backpakcing in Europe really wasnt the same thing, and once I'd done the RTW thing I'd know what he was talking about.....

So, I was interested to think what everyone here thought about it.

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

thats actually something i've seen a lot lately - the condescending side of experienced backpackers - the majority i've spoken to (not including tpers) spoke to me as if i was a child that couldn't fend for myself as i didn't have their experience,

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Have to agree - it's pretty much non-existent here on TP. Most people are anxious to share their experiences to help someone else, which is cool.

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

If you mean there's a type of backpacking freeloader then I would say yes, but they're the type of person that freeloads at home too...

I met people on extreme budgets when I was in SA but they were generally quite good at just saying no to things and handling their situation. It can be fun when you have not much money that sounds weird but its sort of like travelling on your own! you're forced to find the cheaper things, fun for free and that, I did it in Rio and had the best time ever!!


7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I agree with mim...I think it is a type of person (If they are freeloaders in general), and I hate to say this, but the condesending type bothers me more than the freeloader type!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I agree with mim...I think it is a type of person (If they are freeloaders in general), and I hate to say this, but the condesending type bothers me more than the freeloader type!

Why do you hate to say that? I think I know - it's the saying anything bad thing. But, I would bet that most people, backpackers and non-backpackers, would agree that the condescending person is definitely the more annoying one. I may not have the experience someone else has, but that does not make them correct in their comments. I just don't have proof to the contrary to argue the point effectively. I also think TP has a certain draw for a certain type of person, therefore the replies are useful and (most of the time) respectful. Those who do not behave in that manner do find out quickly that rude behavior and condescension are not tolerated here - and it's the members that make that clear, not Mods or Admins most of the time.

Freeloaders - it depends on the person. I agree with Mim and CC, a chronic freeloader (or one who knowlingly plans to take advantage of others throughout their travels) are probably the same at home. In my opinion, that is unacceptable behavior. But, if it's looking for free or cheap modes of transportation, accommodations, etc. (and not taking advantage just to do so) - isn't that part of the backpacking experience? You are working on a limited budget and need to make use of what resources are available to you. Wherever you go, you will find both types and the annoying condescending travelers too.

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hear hear!

What he was referring to mainly were people who would bum money or maybe not buy a round of drinks after he had, or people who "borrowed" things and then high-tailed it off with them...stuff like that....

But, honestly I think the guy might be more annoyed at himself really than at other backpackers. Maybe he just allows himself to be an easy target or something.

Anyway, it was interesting to hear what everyone had to say about it. Thanks;)

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I had a backpacker ask me the other night if i could lend him money to pay his airport tax, but as someone has mentioned, he's probably a freeloader at home too. I asked him how come he had managed to pay for a night out having a few beers if he had no money - he soon moved on. This was an isolated incident so i don't think this is too much freeloading opportunism going on, but it does happen. I'm in Ho Chi Minh City at the moment and there's a much bigger problem with a group of Nigerians who prey on young backpacking girls, getting free drinks and anything else they can get off them around Pham Ngo Lao. These guys live here and try to pass themselves off as professional footballers, quite a few western girls on there own seem to fall for the charm. Beware if you're on you're way here!!!