Bitcoin and other top cryptocurrencies are no longer the domain of just a few people. When Bitcoin values exploded, the world responded by becoming informed and investing in cryptocurrencies. Does that mean it is easy to travel on digital currency today?
We have to admit, it has become easier than when Felix Weiss took off on an 18 month trip around the world in 2016, but it still can be a bit challenging. Let’s take a look at a few of the things you will need to consider if you wish to travel using your cryptocurrency.
Booking Flights – From Difficult to Commonplace
A few years ago it was nearly impossible to book all your flights using only Bitcoin. Today the landscape has changed dramatically. CheapAir.com was the first to start accepting Bitcoin in 2013, but now you can find numerous travel services accepting the digital currency. You can book your flights using CheapAir, Expedia, BTCTrip, Peach Air from Japan, Surf Air out of California, or Destinia, just to name a few.
Using just CheapAir, or Expedia, you would be able to book a flight to anywhere in the world, while getting great prices. Here is a list of the best places to buy bitcoin in 2019 cryptos-monnaies.fr/acheter-bitcoin/
Reserving Your Hotel – Easy Or Not?
Hotel reservations are still a little more challenging. You can reserve a room using services like Expedia, but you will still want to make sure your hotel accepts the digital currency, too. You will need to be able to pay for additional services at your hotel, so verify they accept your crypto.
Car Rentals – The Challenges Begin
Renting a car may be one of your biggest challenges if you want to avoid using a major credit card. Major car rental companies have not climbed aboard the cryptocurrency trend, which is not surprising. Cryptocurrency is more anonymous in nature, which is troubling when renting a car.
You can find some local car rental companies that do accept cryptocurrency, so do not lose hope. We suggest doing a little research using CoinMap.org to locate a car rental agency around your travel destination.
Restaurants – Using Crypto To Put Food In Your Stomach
Finding restaurants accepting cryptocurrency is a hit or miss proposition. You will find a few in most major cities, but the majority of restaurants still are not accepting digital currencies. You can search on CoinMap to see in any restaurants near your location are accepting crypto.
Working Around The Challenges
You might be starting to think it is going to be hard to travel using only your digital currency, but it is not as difficult as you might be starting to think.
All major cities have ATM locations you can use to withdraw cash to pay for restaurants, bar tabs, and entertainment. This eliminates some of the biggest concerns while traveling with cryptocurrency.
It may still be hard to rent a car, but you can overcome your local travel needs by using Uber, or similar services. Uber does not accept direct payment from Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, but you can use the CoinBase service to pay for an Uber ride.
CoinBase is a great solution for many of your other needs, too. You can get a debit card from CoinBase which can be reloaded using your digital currency. This eliminates the need for a credit card at hotels and restaurants.
Tap Into The Community
The crypto community is going to be your best source of information when you travel. While you can learn a lot by using CoinMap, you will learn far more by chatting with other digital currency users on Facebook and forums. They can point you to the local companies who are accepting digital currency that is not listed on CoinMap.
Plus, tapping into the community let’s plan a meet-up with other digital nomads living on digital currency.
Security – Don’t Forget To Protect Your Crypto Assets
We don’t want to end our short talk about traveling with cryptocurrency without discussing security. We advice using a hardware wallet with the multi-signature capability and make sure all of your online accounts are using two-factor authentication. Trezor and Ledger both have excellent hardware wallets.
As you can see, traveling with digital currency may not be as easy as using major credit cards, but it can be done. You will need to take a little extra time planning your trip, but it is worth the effort.
You can also apply for a Tenx Crypto payment card if you are in Asia, Australia or NZ!