Travel to 40 countries in 400 days with BTC

A fast-moving Bitcoiner has crossed 7 out of 40 countries on his Bitcoin-powered marathon around the world.

Paco the Runner, also known as Paco de la India, left on September 17, 2021 and paid for his entire running trip thanks to all the Bitcoiners around the world. He shows that “Bitcoin gives everyone freedom the way they want it.”

Buy Sats an icicle early in his journey. Source: Twitter

Paco went from “living in a lie on the fiat standard”, to traveling the world living off Bitcoin (BTC) alone when a close friend gifted him the book, The Bitcoin Standard. The reading and subsequent conversations with friends about money and the nature of the world led him down the Bitcoin rabbit hole.

He told Coin-Crypto that “once you see it, you can’t see it again.” He was pilled orange:

“It was a full moon night and my friend asked, ‘Do I want to travel the world? I said yes. He says you should travel on Bitcoin.”

From that moment on, Paco’s travel plans turned into a campaign “Bitcoin awareness, mass adoption and showing the kindness of people”. He documents the journey and every Bitcoin transaction through travel vlogs and social media updates.

He likes “Sharing bitcoin with people from different walks of life is a blessing. To be able to share the importance of bitcoin compared to shit coins with everyone is like one of the best works.

So far, he has successfully lived off BTC through the first seven countries of his travels. He only uses ‘cash for public transport’. Nevertheless, the Bitcoin-only journey has not been without its problems.

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

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

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

He also remembers the moment he arrived at Koh Samui in Thailand, an island known for its anti-Bitcoin sentiment. He was afraid because it was a new island, 100 km in size. Panic struck when Paco thought to himself, how am I going to live on such a big island with no money?

Fortunately, he started walking the island and “After 200 meters I saw a sign saying that the place accepts Bitcoin. As if the universe has conspired to make this happen.”

There is also:

“A train ride in India and my neighbor had a Trust wallet, gave him a few sats and arranged for dinner for the night. A guide in India, [who I] convinced him to accept Bitcoin. [In] Cambodia, I went for a pub crawl ad that paid for it on Bitcoin.

The list goes on: a banana bread maker in Cambodia, “haircuts, burgers, Tuk-tuk, dentists”, even a “silver coin” paid with BTC.

A tuk-tuk, a guidebook and banana bread in Siem Reap, Cambodia – all paid for with Bitcoin. Source: Twitter

It’s not easy, but Paco advises other ambitious Bitcoin travelers to start small:

“Orange pill your neighbor, your favorite shop, bar, cinema, start sharing your sats. It’s easy for them to learn from a familiar face like yours. Be that little pebble you throw into the lake and it will create ripples that will benefit generations to come.”

In the meantime, Paco will continue his runs around the world, meeting Bitcoiners and pre-coiners as he spends Sats. He concludes, “Every step you take now will shape your future.”

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