I used to feel bitter towards “begpackers” because of my powerless passport, but not anymore.
First of all, according to Global Passport Power Rank, my Indonesian passport is ranked 58th out of 93. While doing this research, I get to know that my passport is ranked lower than the passport of the countries I never heard of like Nauru, Kiribati, and Vanuatu.
More surprisingly, the passport of Timor-Leste, which was part of Indonesia until 1999, is doing better – sitting at the 45th position!
The Roots of My Bitterness Towards “Begpackers”
For someone who loves travelling, the roots of my bitterness towards “begpackers” are obvious. I have to work hard and save diligently to make my bank statement decent enough to obtain the tourist visas.
In contrast, most “
Because of that, when I saw them begging on the streets holding cardboard asking for donations to fund their travel, I felt irritated.
Things like ‘if you don’t have money, don’t travel!’, ‘why don’t you ask your family to help you?’ appeared on my mind. But… who am I to ban them from travelling or begging?
“Begpacking” is a Travel Style
There’s a saying ‘if you can’t change a situation, change your perspective’.
So, I ask myself: do I want to eat crappy food when
Do I want to be a “begpacker”, begging for some money under the hot sun and in the cold night, just so I could travel?
I now see “
As Mark Manson, the author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” says,
‘Many people may be to blame for your unhappiness, but nobody is ever responsible for your unhappiness but you. This is because you always get to choose how you see things, how you react to things, how you value things.’
My Powerless Passport Empowers Me
I’ve come to a
As a result, I always have warm breakfasts, comfortable beds
Therefore, my fellow