Catalin Onc and his wife Elena Engelhardt are an Instagram-famous couple that began their journey in 2017 and have since amassed more than forty-thousand followers. They take lavish trips and document them on their joint Instagram account. Since then, they have traveled to France, Indonesia, Italy, and New Zealand. Their most recent trip was to Mauritius. The couple is now taking their traveling exploits further by planning a trip to Africa. However, they’ve faced a lot of backlash from the online community. The couple started a GoFundMe page for their trip. People didn’t like the fact that they wanted other people to pay for their vacation. The influencers’ reasons for not paying for their journey had fans confused.
The Instagram couple surprised the entire online community when they started a crowdfunding account to finance their trip to Africa. The GoFundMe page brought about a mixed reaction of confusion, hilarity, and outrage. People found it bizarre that the couple went worldwide, showcasing their lifestyle and preaching “freedom.” It seemed a bit ironic. People on social media called out the couple to fund their trip by getting a job. According to the couple, working for a living would be detrimental to their lifestyle. Maybe they believe that it impedes their “freedom.” If that’s the case, it’s strange to see how unfazed they are taking other people’s hard-earned money.
The online community found humor in the couple’s funding method till they found out who was financing their other trips. Catalin’s mother worked two jobs to fund the couple’s lifestyle. The fact sent social media into a frenzy. Cat’s mother herself hasn’t commented on the issue at hand, which leaves room for ambiguity. Is she doing this out of her blind and unconditional love for her son? Is she a very enabling mother? No one knows. In any case, her son should have the wherewithal and awareness not to make his mother fund his vacations. Considering she has been investing in her son’s trips for a while, the concept of working might be lost on Catalin.
The social media community was outraged when the source of the couple’s funding became public knowledge. Beginning a GoFundMe page is ridiculous, but if people are still contributing to it, they look even stupid. However, Cat’s mother funded the couple’s lifestyle before the public funding page, and this angered netizens. His mother worked two jobs to ensure that her son traveled the world and document it for his followers. It seemed very disrespectful, and people were quick to call out the couple on this practice.