The Why and How of Traveling with Bitcoin

 

 

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The best way to travel into 2018 is to travel with the future of payments. Bitcoin is fast becoming a more recognized payment option within the world of travel and for good reason! There are great advantages to using Bitcoin while traveling, here are some of the reasons you should think about trying it yourself for your future trips.

Currency Exchange
Changing currency is not only a hassle but can also become very expensive, especially if you need to change to more than one different currency throughout your trip. When using credit cards or international debit cards, fees can add up quickly.

By using local Bitcoin ATMs, it is easy to get the local currency needed for your trip wherever you are!

Reduce Risk of Fraud and Theft
We all know that everytime you use your credit card, you are running the risk of your personal information getting into the hands of the wrong people. Being in new places could heighten this risk. By avoiding using credit and debit cards, you are keeping your information more secure.

If you avoid bringing your cards for just this reason, that would mean that you are depending on cash. By relying on cold hard cash, the risk of being pickpocketed and left with nothing at all is at an all-time high.

Since Bitcoin cannot be stolen and can only be sent or exchanged by you, it is the safest currency to travel with.

Easy Time Through Border Control
Hate going through border control and telling them exactly how much money you are bringing with you on your trip? Skip that step too! Just know in advance where the local Bitcoin ATMs are at your destination, the only cash you will need is for that magazine and sandwich for the plane!

No More Cancelled Cards
A small but simply annoying step you can skip as well is that call to your credit card provider to let them know where you are going. Even worse is when you forget and are left with a useless card while on your trip! Bitcoin never suspends your funds.

 

So you’re convinced now, right? The question now is, how do I do it?

 

Here are some websites you should know about to not only help you while on your trip but also help you start planning it now!

 

Researching the Area
As mentioned before, the number one thing to know is where you will be able to pay using Bitcoin or where ATMs are to get the local currency you need.

Coinatmradar.com and Coinmap.org are here to help you with that. It is also suggested to check out local Facebook groups of Bitcoin users, that’s how you can get the inside scoop like that one taxi driver that will accept Bitcoin along with their personal number!

Booking Your Trip
There are now lots of options for booking your flight and hotel using Bitcoin. Use sites like Cheapair.com, Abitsky.com, and Btctrip.com to book your flights around the world. For hotel and flight combos, try Bitcoin.travel, Expedia.ca, and Fluege.com. Want less of the hotel feel and something a bit more cozy of a stay? Try 9flats.com, a vacation home and apartment rental service that has around 20% of their choices available to purchase through Bitcoin.

 

We here at SolidTrust Pay want to wish everyone a very happy New Year and hope that we can help you through any Bitcoin need that you have!


SolidTrust Pay Holiday Hours

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It’s December and the ho-ho-holidays are approaching! With that being said, the staff at SolidTrust Pay will be celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones.

LiveChat will be offline on December 22nd, 25th, 26th, and January 1st, 2018. Please note, these dates will also have an effect on document verification, meaning it may take a little bit longer than expected to verify submitted documents.

We would like to wish all of our members around the world safe and happy holidays, and a healthy, prosperous start to 2018.


SolidTrust Pay Has a New Look!

solidtrust pay_logoAt SolidTrust Pay, we believe change is a good thing. We are happy to announce that our image will be undergoing a bit of a makeover – a shiny, modern one! We would like to remind you that, even though our image is changing, we will continue to offer you top quality service; certainly that will not be changing anytime soon.   

To prepare you for these exciting changes, here is a comprehensive list of what you can expect in the coming days and weeks at SolidTrust Pay:

A complete website facelift
Our image may be changing, but all of your account functions will remain the same after you have logged in – no surprises here!


A new logo
To bring our company into 2018, SolidTrust Pay will introduce a new logo. Again, we will have a different look, but our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction will remain the same.


Layout upgrades to our social media profiles
We will continue to bring you industry standard content, but it will be done so via pages with a more simplified and modern look. These changes will also extend to our blog logo, which will also be receiving ‘a new coat of paint’.

Contemporary banners and buttons
Merchants rejoice! We will also be updating our banners and buttons, which in turn will make your products and services that much more attractive to potential buyers.

If you’re in a panic and thinking “will I have to update any of my information?”, the answer is no! This transition will not require you to do anything. Our staff has been working hard to ensure that you will have a smooth and comfy ride over to our new interface.

We are excited about these changes and hope that you are too 🙂


SolidTrust Pay Supports the Fight to Keep Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality. You may have heard the two words, but do you know what it is? Net neutrality is defined by the FCC as rules [that] protect your ability to go where you want when you want online. Broadband service providers cannot block or deliberately slow speeds for internet services or apps, favor some internet traffic in exchange for consideration or engage in other practices that harm internet openness.

If you live in the US and you haven’t been paying attention to the news, now is the time to take notice. To break it down, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday [Nov. 21, 2017] unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the U.S. regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections, according to CBC. If approved, this gives a ‘major victory’ for internet service providers, including AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp, and Verizon Communications Inc, which had urged the FCC to revoke the rules in the first place. 

So why should you care? FCC chief Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on rescinding the so-called net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities, says CBC. Should this repeal pass, this will allow big companies to control what you do online. Major internet providers will make you pay for, slow down, or even block certain content. This infringes on your right to an open, fair and ‘free-flowing’ internet.

If repealed, websites could lose priority on the internet, meaning slower service. How could you get higher priority you ask? By paying for it of course. What this means is the loss of net neutrality could be detrimental to small businesses trying to compete against large companies with deep pockets. Not only will small businesses be greatly affected, but businesses that compete with the ruling providers would also be affected. Take Netflix for example, their streaming could be slowed to give an upper hand to the internet provider if they choose to create their own streaming service, making Netflix less desirable. 

Even though this article focuses on the US, this debate is not limited to just the US. Minimal net neutrality exists in places already, such as Portugal. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) can charge customers to access different streams of the internet, such as email service, streaming, messaging, and social media applications. With the global influence of the United States, nowhere is immune to a net neutrality debate; what seems stable now, could turn into a domino effect around the world.  

As cliché as it sounds, knowledge is power. Share this article with your family and friends. Stand up for your right to an unhindered internet. We encourage you to join the battle for net neutrality and inform yourself by clicking here. You can also help by visiting the following sites and signing the petition or contacting Congress.

https://www.battleforthenet.com/
https://www.change.org/p/save-net-neutrality-netneutrality
https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home
https://petitions.signforgood.com/ProtectNetNeutrality/
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality