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Travel to 40 countries in 400 days with BTC

A nimble Bitcoiner who ran through 7 out of 40 countries in his Bitcoin marathon around the world.

Paco the Runner, also known as Paco de la India, departs on September 17, 2021, paying for its entire trip thanks to all the Bitcoiners around the world. He is showing that “Bitcoin gives people the freedom they want.”

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Bought a headband for Sats early in his journey. Source: Twitter

Paco went from “living a lie by fiat standards”, to traveling the world living off Bitcoin (BTC) just when a dear friend gave him the book, Bitcoin Standard. His reading and subsequent conversations with friends about money and the nature of the world led him down the Bitcoin rabbit hole.

He told Cointelegraph that “once you see it, you don’t recognize it.” He got the orange lump:

“It was a full moon night and my friend asked, do I want to travel the world? I said yes. He said you have to use Bitcoin”.

From that point on, Paco’s travel plan morphed into a campaign to “raise Bitcoin awareness, mass adoption, and human kindness”. He documents his journey and every Bitcoin transaction through travel vlogs and social media updates.

He wants to “share Bitcoin with people from different walks of life as a blessing. To be able to share the importance of bitcoin versus shit coins with everyone is like one of the best jobs.”

So far, he has successfully lived in BTC through the first seven countries of his travels. He only uses “cash for public transport.” However, the Bitcoin-only journey is not without its difficulties.

While visiting Sri Lanka, he lost “the key to his room and the hotel owner was very upset.”

“I requested a backup copy and ran to a neighboring town, and there was no electricity. Finally, it came and I asked him if he would accept Bitcoin, he said yes. LIKE WTF. BITCOIN KEY MAKER. ”

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Paco with the room key he paid for Sats. Source: Twitter

He also recalled the moment he went to Koh Samui in Thailand, an island known for its anti-Bitcoin sentiment. He was scared because this was a new island, 100 km big. Panic ensued as Paco thought to himself, how am I going to live on such a big island with no money?

Luckily, he started walking on the island and “In 200 meters, I saw a sign saying this place accepts Bitcoin. It’s like the universe conspired for this to happen.”

There are also:

“Once on a train in India and my neighbor had a Trust wallet, gave him a few sats and gave me dinner overnight. Guide in India, [who I] convinced him to accept Bitcoin. [In] Cambodia, I participated in a pub crawl ad paying for it in Bitcoin. ”

The list goes on and on: a banana bread maker in Cambodia, “haircut, burger, Tuk-tuk, Dentist”, even a “silver coin” paid in BTC.

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A Tuktuk, a guide and Banana Bread in Siem Reap, Cambodia – all paid for in Bitcoin. Source: Twitter

It’s not easy, but Paco recommends that for other aspiring Bitcoin travelers, it’s best to start small:

“Your neighbor’s orange juice, your favorite store, bar, movie theater, start sharing your metrics. It’s easy for them to learn from a famous face like yours. Be the little pebble you throw into the lake and it will create ripples that future generations will benefit from. “

In the meantime, Paco will continue running around the world, meeting Bitcoiners and pre-coiners while spending Sats. He concluded, “every step you take now will shape your future.”