Seasoned crypto enthusiasts will remember Didi Taihuttu as the man who went all-in on Bitcoin (BTC) in 2016. He sold his and his family’s belongings and camped out in the Netherlands while waiting for Bitcoin to hit the moon.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Taihuttu recalls what it was like to own almost nothing but Bitcoin six years ago:
“I don’t have cars, motorbikes, nothing. And I’m happier than ever. And she [Taihuttu’s wife] OK ! At that point, we decide to break this chain and set an example for the children.
He explains his realization that life is about accumulating happiness, “instead of accumulating wealth”. Thus, the Bitcoin family was born. The three daughters “only have bitcoins, not bank accounts”, while the parents have never looked back on their previous lives.
The quintuple have spent the past five years traveling the world, settling in southern Portugal as a nomadic base. They are in good company promoting the Bitcoiner lifestyle there; Portugal is a growing hub for the seminal cryptocurrency.
Taihuttu admits that there are, of course, challenges about how to travel the world living by a bitcoin standard, especially caring for three teenage daughters.
However, that did not stop other families of explorers from following in their footsteps. Taihuttu cites “six families” who have since sold all of their assets, to the Bitcoin family, to enjoy the Bitcoin lifestyle.
Closer to home, Taihuttu pricked his brother and sister with orange, even persuading them to participate in the traveling lifestyle. He concludes that “the decentralized digital nomad lifestyle is the future”.
Taihuttu is extremely generous, donating something around 40% of his wealth to charity. Profits from commerce, affiliate links, book and merchandise sales, and other “digital nomad” activities are channeled into charitable projects.
For example, they built a school in Mexico and an orphanage in Venezuela. Naturally, however, there is a bitcoin twist.
As detailed in the video with an illustration of Mario, it’s a three-step process for taking the orange pill and starting a charity.
- Teaching Bitcoin
- Learn to trade it
- Increase Adoption
Although the projects are not born only for Bitcoin, they are certainly not centralized:
“The CEO of a centralized organization [charity] will drive a BMW. We don’t want that – we do peer-to-peer.
Taihuttu’s goal is to engage with other orange pill people wherever they travel. They then sit down together and explore the areas of concern, addressing the issues that would have the greatest positive impact.
The process stems from one of Taihuttu’s many mantras, “Everyone with a heartbeat and a phone should be able to transact value anywhere in the world.” Bitcoin is that solution and it should inevitably be an integral part of charity projects.
All in all, although the Bitcoin family continues to travel the world, its attention is now firmly on Europe. El Salvador and the next country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender are, of course, attractive travel destinations, but Taihuttu is passionate about his home continent’s journey towards Bitcoin adoption.