I love travelling and wouldn’t mind spending two weeks visiting South America or Asia, but can’t seem to get away from the desk for long enough to do it, at least not right now.
Earlier today, in my daily news run, I came across this article (http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130425-the-ethics-of-asking-strangers-to-pay) and started thinking about it, trying to see if there’s more to this, beyond the obvious.
And couldn’t. Whichever way I looked at it.
It’s like planning to pimp your ride and offering people the “opportunity” to fund your project in return for photos with the car, keeping them up to date with the latest developments or maybe even a “free” ride. Seriously?
I mean don’t get me wrong, if there’s people out there willing to do it, why not?
For those of you who don’t speak romanian, the sign on the machine says “Find out how stupid you are” and asks you to insert 10 Lei (approx. 2 quid).
Some are calling this “fund my travelling campaign” a “scheme to defraud people”. Personally, I don’t see it that way – you’re not making it look something it’s not, it doesn’t have a small print at the bottom of the page with all the terms & conditions that no one’s gonna read, all you’re doing is asking people to fund your travelling.
To all the generous people thinking it makes sense to fund someone’s holiday..aaa sorry travelling plans, I’m sure you can think of better ways of helping others – like charities or health campaigns or medical research.
If you still think there’s nothing wrong with this, I’m sure we can find a way to set up a centralised fund raising firm for worldwide travellers, and then sponsor the most exciting travel campaigns based on votes, likes, shares, you name it! Just sayin..