Instagram couple leave social media after asking followers to pay for vacation
A German couple who faced backlash for asking their followers to crowdfund €10,000 (£8,866) to cover the costs of their upcoming vacation have announced they are going to “step away from social media”.
Earlier this month, Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt, who share the Instagram account Another Beautiful Day, announced that they would be taking a tandem cycling trip to Africa and needed help from their more than 42,000 followers to cover costs.
According to the couple, who created a GoFundMe page, donations 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 and emergencies.”
“We could write a long text about mental health or global warming,” the couple wrote. “We could tell you about following your dreams, or how important stepping out of your comfort zone is. We could tell you how beautiful travelling is, and it’s benefits, or the fact that most news don’t match reality. But we’re going to show you!”
LOOK WITHIN And with this post, I will step away from social media for a little while. I mentioned that I'll be doing the hardest thing I've ever done mentally and physically, soon. Here it is. I am going on a walk. I will walk as long as I possibly can. No sleep, No social media, No distractions. Just me and my brain out there. This first came to my mind in the Himalayan mountains, where I got to experience what my mind, body and soul are capable of. Now I'm going to take it even further. I am ready to face whatever is buried deep inside me. those doing the 30 day challenge, carry on. Remember why you started and keep moving forward. Much love to you all. Time to do some soul work.
A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on Jun 17, 2019 at 12:41am PDT
We could write a long text about mental health or global warming. We could tell you about following your dreams, or how important stepping out of your comfort zone is. We could tell you how beautiful traveling is, and it’s benefits, or the fact that most news don’t match reality. But we’re going to show you! Less talking more action. Starting on the 20th of July in the middle of Germany, on a tandem, me and Eli will cycle towards Africa, and hopefully beyond. 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 it’s inhabitants, but also the ugliness. But we can not do this on our own. We need you! The funds we raise will 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. We need funds now for preparation as well as throughout our trip. Every dollar, every message, every couch or garden for our tent, any help you can offer will help us go further. We hope you all enjoy and learn with us. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE another beautiful day with love Cat and Eli Link in bio Or paypal Abd_cat@hotmail.com
A post shared by CAT AND ELENA (@another_beautiful_day_official) on Jun 9, 2019 at 3:54am PDT
However, following widespread criticism from their followers, who accused the couple of freeloading and told them to get a job, Onc said on Monday he would be stepping away from social media to go “on a walk”.
“With this post, I will step away from social media for a little while,” he wrote, adding that he’d previously announced he would soon be doing “the hardest thing I’ve ever done mentally and physically”.
According to the influencer, who shared an up-close photo of his “look within” face tattoo, he will walk as long as he “possibly can” without “sleep, social media or distractions”.
The couple's latest announcement has done little to lessen the backlash, with many people still suggesting they get jobs instead.
“Try walking to a job interview,” one person wrote.
Another said: “Didn’t get any donations so they got to walk to Africa now instead.”
“If the hardest thing you have ever done is go for a walk, then I can imagine how earning a living like the rest of us must be so hard for you,” someone else wrote.
Onc and Engelhardt’s GoFundMe page has raised just €322 of its €10,000 goal.