Join our pioneering Director of Marketing, Amelie, as she races from Toronto to Las Vegas in time for Money 20/20.
New City, New Challenges
Travelling on bitcoin is proving quite lucrative for me during this trip! Despite the lows of sleeping in airport lounges and buses, I landed on my feet in Denver. I was fed by the hotel and left my room, admiring the view of the lobby as I ventured out.
After a wander around the city, I left to head to the car rental business through which I’d rented a car using bitcoin. My intention had been to complete the last leg of the trip via car, pulling into Las Vegas in style. Arriving at the desk, my heart sank. My driver’s license is sitting pretty in my flat back in Chichester. Kicking myself silently, I left and headed out to the airport to try and grab a last-minute flight to Las Vegas.
Challenge Number 5
Whilst at Denver airport, I received my next challenge from Ali of Fintech Finance. My challenge was to send a tweet at midday stating exactly what I had spent in dollars and how much I had left. This was a seamlessly easy challenge for me. My bitcoin wallet, Blockchain.info, has the operability to transfer your balance into any local currency. As well as this, it also tracks your transactions on the homepage. Simple!
Next – food. Travelling on bitcoin has its ups, but it does fail slightly when it comes to sustenance. A lot of food merchants won’t accept it as a currency. Luckily, while in Subway, I met a woman who I started talking to about my challenge. It turned out she was a bitcoin wallet holder also, and so she bought me my sandwich, in exchange for bitcoin in my wallet.
Travelling on Bitcoin: Spreading the Word
The last leg at Denver was to get on my 7:30am flight. As all was going well, I hit a snag. Bitcoin transactions take typically up to 4 hours to process. After booking my flight, I received an invoice 2 hours later to pay. By this time the price of bitcoin had increased. I then paid the balance, but by the time the transaction had been processed, the price had increased again. Cheap Air then told me they had rejected my payment and needed to speak on the phone for confirmation. Poetically, the phone line did not open until 8am, and my flight was at 7:30. Problem.
It was a woman I met in the airport who saved my journey. She was curious about bitcoin, but did not hold a wallet. After talking for a while, I convinced her to download the Blockchain.info wallet, and I transferred the cost of the flight to her. She then bought my flights using her credit card, success!
I am so honoured to be able to spread the message of travelling on bitcoin, and the perks that it brings.
“Yeah, I’m just excited to meet you and learn how to use Bitcoin, and I’m grateful that you found me and taught me how to do it. Thanks!”