Integrating Web3 the Way It Was Intended: Wander Launches Crypto Payments

How Wander embraces the coming of Web3 with the launch of crypto payments, while respecting the reason it was created in the first place.

Ritchel Cousar Jr.
Ritchel Cousar Jr.Software Engineer
Integrating Web3 the Way It Was Intended: Wander Launches Crypto Payments

Wander is innovating travel, and in that spirit of innovation, we’re giving users the ability to pay for a Wander stay using cryptocurrency. But more importantly, we’re keeping the process of payment in alignment with the original vision of Satoshi’s Bitcoin whitepaper: trustless and peer-to-peer. All you need is your wallet’s address and enough tokens to cover the stay!

A big concern Web3 enthusiasts have is that companies will adopt Web3 in a way that removes the benefits of the technology. Benefits like:

  • No need to expose your bank details

  • No peeking into your financial background

As you’ll see when you checkout, Wander doesn’t collect any data about your money. This means you can send your tokens from any wallet on the mainnet of your choice, whether that be MetaMask, Truist, Coinbase, etc. Even if you have some funds sitting in an exchange like Binance, you can still pay for your stay using your holdings.

Besides the ease of payment and anonymity advantages, our approach also eliminates the usual hassle of numerous gas fees when using swap exchanges to cater to a company’s checkout system. We do this by accepting a plethora of the most popular tokens, including:

  • Bitcoin

  • Ethereum

  • USD Coin

  • Litecoin

  • Dai

  • Bitcoin Cash

Gas fees associated with swapping tokens is one of, if not the biggest hurdle preventing the widespread adoption of Web3. However, as blockchains get more efficient through new consensus methods like proof-of-stake (looking at you, Ethereum), that will change. In the meantime, we’ve made sure to keep associated gas fees at a minimum by only requiring 1 transaction to pay for your stay.

So, go ahead and book your next Wander stay with confidence using cryptocurrency. If you have the app already installed, be sure to update.

Got feedback about the Wander app or overall experience? We’d love to hear it, so shoot us a note at [email protected]

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