Buying Australian Bitcoins
Buying Australian Bitcoins To Travel
The first two weeks of our Australian cross-country bitcoin-only tour showed us the beautiful diversity that our country has to offer. From the mountains in Asheville to the Monuments in DC, from the chaos of NYC to the serenity of New Hampshire, our journey twisted and turned from the southeast to the northeast, blessing us with rich experiences and beautiful views. After two weeks of living on the road and dealing with the inevitable quirks that come with surviving only on BTC, we were ready for some much-needed rest.
Our third week began as we woke up in Hollis, NH in the comfortable guest bedroom of our good friends Mike and Marmar. We had spent the past week camping at the Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, NH where each member of my family had the opportunity to take one shower before the plumbing went out. That morning’s hot shower was truly one of the most memorable experiences on the trip.
This amazing couple puts us up every time we visit the Free State. My husband met them during some Tenth Amendment Center Activism and we have stayed in touch ever since. They treat us like family, showering our children with gifts and affection and showing us around Hollis. That morning, they took us to our favorite Hollis diner for breakfast. We offered to give our Mike and Marmar some bitcoin for our meal, but they politely declined. They are not involved in the Bitcoin community in anyway, so we plan to mail them a paper wallet when we are settled in at home.
We later lounged at Mike and Marmar’s house as the children romped in their yard; it was a thoroughly relaxing day. When the kids became restless, we took off to visit a local park, then found our way to an Applebees in Nashua, NH for an appetizer and a bite of ice cream. We paid with an Applebee’s Gyft card and then headed back to the house for a delicious home-cooked meal of macaroni casserole prepared by Mike and Marmar.
The following day, we took off for Buffalo, NY where we stay the night in a hotel. We tried to book the hotel through Expedia, but could not find the option to pay with bitcoin at the current price. After turning to social media for help, I gave up booking the room through Expedia and used CheapAir instead. When we arrived at the hotel, I published an article about our previous two attempts using Expedia titled, Our Nightmarish Experience Using Bitcoin on Expedia.
We hit the road to Niagara Falls the next morning after enjoying the hotel breakage. We had to pay a toll to cross a bridge, which added to our short list of non-BTC transactions (tolls in NYC and $21 to Expedia).
After a fun family morning at the Falls, we loaded ourselves back into the car and entered the address of our hosts on Bitcoin Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, OH. When I checked my email, I found a receipt for a refund from Expedia for the $21 I mentioned previously and an email from their Senior Manager of Customer Experience asking to talk to us about the troubles I wrote about in this article.
We immediately called him up and discussed our experience. He was apologetic and explained that Expedia only accepts BTC for certain hotels. He also explained some flaws in their technology and some improvements they are working toward. For example, they want to be able to accept Bitcoin for all hotels, not just some, and they want to be able to use Bitcoin for payment after a gift card has been applied (a change they already made!). We scheduled an interview with their PR person and we both agreed that BTC training was needed for Expedia’s call center reps. We plan to publish the interview on my husband John’s SovereignBTC.com podcast and use the content to write a follow-up article on the experience.
We arrived that night in Cleveland Heights, OH and enjoyed an amazing meal on Bitcoin Boulevard at The Tavern Co with Nikhil Chand and his wife Rebecca, the founders of Bitcoin Boulevard US. I had a the Salmon Roll Salad and literally scraped my plate clean! The meal was followed by ice cream at SweetieFry. We paid our tabs directly with BTC via BitPay. Unfortunately, the state of Ohio does not allow alcohol to be purchased with BTC, so we asked our hosts to pay our wine and beer tab in cash and let us reimburse them in BTC. During the meal, we met with a reporter from the Sun Times. You can read her story on our journey here.
It was really neat walking around the block and window shopping at the several dozen merchants that Nikhil and Rebecca have helped to accept Bitcoin and have received awards for doing so. Restaurants, salons, you name it. The next morning, we had one of the best meals of our lives at the Katz Club on Bitcoin Boulevard and paid in BTC without incident.
Our next stop was Kansas City, so after breakfast in Ohio we took off for the Show Me State. Expedia had given us a travel voucher for our troubles, so we decided to stay the night in a hotel just next to the St. Louis Arch. We woke up and enjoyed the hotel breakfast, then took the kids to see the arch. We left with just enough time to make it to Kansas City to see my dad play the clarinet in the Parkville Symphonic Band annual Fourth of July concert.
The next two days were full of family and fun. My mother paid our way into a pool and bought us breakfast at Panera Bread. We paid her back by taking her and the kids to dinner at T Rex, a dinosaur-themed restaurant listed on Gyft. That evening, I took one of my best friends from high school to get drinks at On the Border with a gift card purchased with eGifter.
Our last day of Week Three involved zero financial transactions. My dad made us a delicious brunch, then my parents hosted a barbecue for dinner. We chipped in wine we had bought in New Hampshire with a Whole Foods gift card bought with Gyft and some finger food we bought on Amazon.com, also purchased with a Gyft card.
The third week of our trip was probably my favorite because it was so stress free. We had finally mastered the art of living on BTC and ran into no problems along the way. We finished the week feeling empowered and prepared for our Kansas City bitcoin meetup and trek home in the coming days.