- An Instagram couple is asking their followers and the public to fund their upcoming trip to Africa.
- Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt, who run the Instagram account Another Beautiful Day Official, are asking people to fundraise €10,000 ($11,215) to pay for them to cycle to and through Africa.
- But their plea has not been well received.
- The pair have been described as “egotistical brats” and “shameful, self-indulgent bludgers,” and they’ve been repeatedly told to get jobs.
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A pair of Instagram influencers are being heavily criticized after asking their followers and members of the public to fund their vacation.
Self-described “lovers, travellers, dream chasers” Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt run an Instagram account called Another Beautiful Day Official, where they have 34.8k followers.
The couple recently announced plans for a tandem cycling trip to and through Africa from Germany – but they asked their followers to help raise €10,000 ($11,215) for the vacation.
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Wow you guys can't imagine how excited I am for life..and our future. Sometimes it feels like butterflies in my stomach, thinking about what could happen. In the last few years, so many unexpected and amazing things happened which were never planned. Cat and I don't really plan our future, we're talking a lot about what we'd love to do but we kind of take it how it comes, always flexible, free and ready to take the opportunity when the right one appears. Soon I'll be going to Nepal but Cat's visa is expiring not long after so we'll probably be going back to Germany. What's going to happen over there, no idea.. not sure how long we'll stay, what we'll do and where we'll go next. Only thing I know is that we'll do it together. Being apart from each other for most of the time in the past 7 months was good for our relationship and us as individuals but a new chapter is about to start and I can't wait to find our where life will take us Photo // collaboration with beautiful villa @villashaktitawa and @studiosolveig + @sallytm
On the GoFundMe page for the trip, Onc and Engelhardt wrote: “We want to take you all on this huge adventure. A celebration of life, as we ride freely across mountains, by the sea and through metropolitans. We will show the beauty of this planet and its inhabitants, but also the ugliness [sic].”
They continued: “But we can not do this on our own. We need you!”
Onc and Engelhardt said they needed funds both for “preparation” and “throughout” the trip, explaining that the money would go towards “the bike and gear, food and accommodation (when needed), internet, and SIM cards in every country to keep you up to date, insurance, emergencies.”
They added: “Every dollar, every message, every couch or garden for our tent, any help you can offer will help us go further.”
At the time of writing, six people had donated to the couple’s cause, taking their current total to €200 ($224).
However, most responses have been critical of Onc and Engelhardt’s plea.
“Bloody hell, you’ve got to be joking!” commented one person. “Who gave these egotistical brats money?? Shameful self indulgent bludgers… Now notorious… And easily identified.
“This stupid stunt will follow you both for the rest of your lives. Your poor mother. This whole horrible thing just makes me feel sad…”
Another echoed the same sentiment: “This is just pathetic, really. I too have read about this online and it disgusts me that you two have such a luxurious work-free lifestyle while one of your mothers has to work twice as hard to support you.
“And about that ‘working is not an option’ crap, just grow up and earn your own money. You are an embarrassment to the human race.”
Many people simply told the couple to work to earn money for their trip, with one saying: “GET A JOB!!!”
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This is how I feel when people make money the biggest topic. Having tattoos, a pretty girlfriend and followers on Instagram opens doors for us, it’s true. We could live a lavish lifestyle and only show that, like most people on social media do. We choose not to. We have seen how people are around us when we have money and when we don’t. #grateful that we get to see both sides of the spectrum. I wish you all could experience this. Some people are quick to judge and speak. At this very moment we don’t have much, we are accepting money from my mother and also donations but we don’t hide that. This situation is teaching us a lot. #tryingtodosomethingbigger
Indeed, Onc and Engelhardt have previously discussed their unemployed status: “I have seen and done too much to just go back to a ‘normal’ job,” Onc wrote in an earlier Instagram post.
And in an Instagram caption on an image posted a few days after the GoFundMe went live, they wrote: “Some people are quick to judge and speak. At this very moment we don’t have much, we are accepting money from my mother and also donations but we don’t hide that. This situation is teaching us a lot.”
Onc and Engelhardt did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.