When programmer Jonathan Silverblood flew to Townsville, Australia from his home in Finland for a two-and-a-half-month vacation in August, he had one main task: to pay whatever he could using Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
The coastal city of Townsville is known as the “Bitcoin Cash City,” a name derived from a conference of the same name first launched in 2019. It is believed to have a strong number of merchants accepting the Bitcoin-fork token.
Silverblood said while attending the conference in 2019, he was intrigued by the number of merchants and vendors offering BCH as a payment option in Townsville and had planned a return to the city once COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
I’ve been inside now #Townvillethe #BitcoinCashCity for 59 days and made 97 bitcoin cash transactions to pay for life. This does not include transactions that the rest of my family have made and transactions where I have been a guest and someone else has paid …
– Jonathan Silverblood (@monsterbitar) 8 October 2022
“Going to this destination was all about using BCH and it was also kind of an excuse to spend more than I usually do, while at the same time doing more work by letting the family and children take a vacation with Grandma,” he said. told Cointelegraph after he returned home from the trip.
“Using it to pay for things while I was there made sense, partly because I’ve already paid my income in BCH and partly because it’s a lot less effort than some of the other forms of payment I use.”
Silverblood is a Bitcoin Cash enthusiast and programmer. He has worked at General Protocols for the past three years, where his salary is paid in BCH.
He noted that in the 69 nights he spent in the city, he was ultimately able to conduct 130 transactions using Bitcoin Cash. These included goods and services in bars, restaurants and hotels, getting a tooth pulled by a dentist, getting a haircut, and repairing a Steam Deck game console.
“Some days were quite busy; we bought breakfast, lunch, ice cream, bread and dinner, but sometimes my family wanted to go elsewhere rather than eat at specific BCH merchants.”
Silverblood also made several payments using BCH that weren’t with businesses in Townsville, including Steam and Netflix gift cards, “plus some bills at home.”
However, his Bitcoin Cash-funded vacation wasn’t without a hitch.
Silverblood says its experience using BCH as a payment method has been successful but not “very successful” due to issues with payment terminals running out, Wi-Fi access and some merchants are not in. able to offer cryptocurrencies as an option at checkout.
“When I arrived at Townsville airport I also wanted to pay for a taxi ride to the hotel, but a competing taxi company bought the taxi company that took BCH, so it was no longer an option.”
He also found that not all traders were open to the idea of using BCH because they didn’t want to “complicate the accounting” and “couldn’t handle the volatility”.
“For most of the merchants I spoke to on my trip, it seems that the number of customers paying with cryptocurrencies is too small to justify additional costs for staff training, additional hardware such as Wi-Fi and terminals. payment, “Silverblood said.
“Cryptocurrencies are here and they work, but adoption by merchants is slow and widespread, which makes it difficult to live fully,” he added.
Silverblood said he didn’t even end up buying his airline tickets with BCH, as his family specifically wanted to fly with Qatar Airways, which doesn’t currently accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method.
This is despite the airline launching its own Metaverse in July.
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Silverblood and his family have returned home to Finland, but the programmer is confident this won’t be the last time he will use cryptocurrencies to pay for goods and services.
“I can’t bitcoin the dentist, I can’t make my breakfast bitcoin, I can’t even use bitcoin at the bitcoin conventions”
– Jonathan Silverblood (@monsterbitar) October 18, 2022
“I will definitely try to do something like this again, in a few weeks, I am flying to another Bitcoin Cash hotspot, St Kitts, for the BCH 2022 conference,” he said.
“I don’t know what to expect there though, I’ve heard everything from 100% that all traders accept it, only half do and traders will accept it, but you need a special wallet.”