— Alex Hobern (@alexhobern) June 4, 2019
The TV personality traveled in 15 countries as the Crypto team, beating three other teams (Cash, Card and Wearables) to cross the finish line, although having lost to Team Mobile on points collected.
Hobern had already made his fame earlier on controversial reality TV show The Circle. But he made an even bigger name for himself now after managing to travel, buying tickets and food, exclusively using Bitcoin and other crypto, from the UK to Canada and the US, through to Hong Kong, then making his way back via the Middle East and Eastern Europe before making the final pit stop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
What makes it remarkable is that he had no prior experience with Bitcoin had to meet crypto personalities and using the internet to find crypto merchants:
“In general, the easiest parts were the hotels and flights. There were middle-men who were able to accept bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in exchange for booking these things… There were a lot of stores and merchants who said online or in their window that they accept bitcoin or cryptocurrencies but we were unable to use it when we arrived. One in Ireland had a bitcoin sign in the window but the person behind the counter didn’t know what bitcoin was.”
A service called Bitrefill turned out to be a huge help, helping him buy vouchers with Bitcoin that merchants accepted. Hobern explained:
“It’s almost a loophole in the rules, that you can use these kinds of services to pay for goods and services like Starbucks or Uber through a third party. I also paid people in bitcoin and crypto using Wirex, who would then buy what I needed for me.”
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