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An Instagram travel couple is being criticized for asking their followers to fundraise $11,000 so they can go on vacation

INSIDER logoINSIDER 6/18/2019 Rachel Hosie
a man riding a bicycle next to a body of water © Getty/Stockbyte 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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A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on May 2, 2019 at 5:36am PDT

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).

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A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:10am PDT

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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A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:24am PDT

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.

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