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May 19, 2022
In This Issue:
From the Editor by Vagobond
NFT Travel & Food
NFT & Crypto Alerts, Alpha, News, & Headlines
Vagobond Ecosystem News, Giveaways, Alpha
NFT Religion from Bald Jesus
Aloha Frens & GM,
As I get ready for my own summer travel, I’m reminded of how terrible the business end of travel has become. At some point in the last decade, zero customer service became a business model across the internet and this has extended to travel. Royal Air Maroc cancelled a flight I had booked from Dubai to Casablanca well in advance – and gave no refund or alternate. Presumably it was because they saw that they could charge a lot more for my seat. To request a refund I had to login and find the section that allowed me to request a refund – and so far, no word back. In the meantime, my RTW trip was without an important leg so I was forced to purchase an alternate flight for 4x the cost of the original. So – I paid 5x what I booked the original ticket for because no refund. Malaysia Airlines changed a connection flight to two days AFTER my connection – thankfully, they had some customer service and I was able to get this fixed – but if I hadn’t of been paying close attention to my email inbox – I wouldn’t have known until too late. These same kinds of issues pop up over and over – the hotel I stayed at in Austin was booked through Booking.com as a 4 star but when I arrived, it was essentially a low income housing situation with broken door locks, broken plumbing, and at one point the police doing a room to room search for a stabbing suspect – I saw all of this when I arrived but when I tried to find a person to give me a refund so I could book somewhere else, I was informed that the property I was staying at didn’t allow refunds after check-in. Turns out, they didn’t allow refunds after booking because they auto-check-in on the day of arrival. Things are not good in the travel space. Seats are more cramped, lines are longer, and requirements are less and less known.
My point is that the travel space is ready for disruption. It’s really really ready. Web3 and NFTs are, in my opinion, how this is going to happen – not just the customer service part but also there will be communities built and stakeholders such as local communities will also be taken into account and given benefit from the travel that feeds on them. Part of this will be new ideas like ‘Regenerative Travel’ but I also believe that travel as we know it is going to become very different with NFT passports, travel membership organizations, and much more. See below for some of where we are now – and hopefully where we are going.
Travel NFT Projects (& Food!)
#nfttravel #nftravel #nftours #nfttours #tourNFTs #travelNFTs #tourismNFTs #NFTourism #NFTourism
Updated Thursdays – See latest at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/the-travel-food-nft-beat-updated-thursdays/
News and Info on Travel NFTs
- NoMo SoHo Debuts First NFT with Hotel Stays Attached
- Citizen M Plans to Build a Hotel in Sandbox Metaverse (Do I need a place to sleep in the Metaverse?)
- Celebrity Cruises To Offer NFT – This comes with an invitation to a naming ceremony but no travel incentives were listed
- TRIP NFT to offer Global Travel Perks
- *New Find* Stay365 and $STAYS – Turning Travel Towards Web3
Open letter to the government of #ElSalvador
@NFTbooking is a #Web3 Travel-Marketplace #Start-up using the #blockchain technology to provide #travel services payable and tradable with #cryptocurrencies.
— NFTBooking (@nftbooking) May 17, 2022
No recent significant updates on projects below:
Travel Tokens by Drew Binsky – https://traveltokensnft.com – Drew created Travel Tokens as a way to bring together his community of 10 Million and celebrate the beauty of our world! It’s the first-ever travel-focused NFT collection that represents ALL 197 countries. The collection is split into 3 rarity’s; | 348 Common | 58 Golden Rare | 14 Platinum Rare
- Whitelist Registration has opened: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScK6gKi645yNgse4GCSMKJJw_E1_UPI4IjUAwQm3uyyJqV3eQ/viewform
- WL mint price will reportedly be .07 and public .09.
- Benefits: Travel hacking course for free ($250 value)! | 60% of all proceeds going to numerous charities! | Guaranteed a Free NFT in Drew’s 2nd NFT collection! | Possibility of winning a free RTW trip with Drew | Get random FaceTime calls with Drew if you have a Platinum rare token | Attend Drew’s annual secret event (i.e. yacht party)
SuperLocal – https://pass.superlocal.com/ NFT gated travel app where users can mint locations as NFTs. SuperLocal is available in App Stores now. I highly recommend it. Also – when you download it follow me – Username: CD Vagobond. First $LOCAL airdrop is coming soon.
- Local Trotter NFTs are still available to mint – floor .02 ETH and art is revealed now https://hello.superlocal.com/ Mayorship NFTs are mintable and have a floor of .25 ETH but with no real volume. Super Early Access NFTs now have a floor of less than .004 – not sure why.
- This is a real company with a real product and a huge and growing community. This is my strongest conviction bet in the travel NFT world. There is a strong userbase and active community on the app as well as in the Discord.
Note: I highly recommend that anyone who is considering investing in these or any NFT project do their own due diligence and research. Listing travel NFTs here is a way to keep track of the space and by no means is any sort of investment advice or recommendation. DYOR! NFA!
Satoshi Island – https://satoshi-island.com/ A real private island dedicated to the crypto community. The island is already owned by our company and located in Vanuatu, tucked between Australia and Fiji.
Elysium – https://elysiumclub.io/ Twitter: @elysiumclubnft Instragram: @elysiumclubnft Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWCCPh-B5Xy5gmjtMQ8nH3A OS – https://opensea.io/collection/elysiumclubnft
- I’m still unsure about this. I want to believe, but then, I want to believe in every aspirational project.I spent way more than I should have to buy into the ecosystem – which may end up being a good decision – but the floor seems to hover between .23 and .33 and there is very little activity from the team in terms of announcements – which could mean they are working hard on the back end…I hope.
- 8 apartments in various cities around the world – but users can book them for free (2 nights per NFT)
- I think they are working hard to make amazing things happen – but it does have a lot of the feel of ‘If it feels too good to be true, it probably is’ so buyer beware.
- AMA #17 Recording (yesterday)
- Currently minting at 641 mints out of 10001 at a mint price of .08 ETH. Floor is at 3 ETH (down from 5 ETH). Holders are Diamond Handed. They are minting but it’s a slow roll
- The community is really engaged, the Discord is fun.
- Started a travel concierge service for founders.
Travel Toucans – https://www.traveltoucans.com/ These guys do a weekly Twitter Space focused on travel NFTs on Wednesdays – worth checking out linktr.ee/TravelToucans Travel Toucans is turning into a really useful travel community of people who help each other out with information and suggestions.
- Floor for Toucans at .15 ETH. Several tourist guides have been shared along with some good travel community interactions on the Discord. Regularly hold $25 giveaway for holders.
TravelX.io – Reimagining a better travel industry
FlyCoin – a crypto based travel rewards program
- Describes itself as “The next evolution in IRL NFT Utility” Island Resort Membership. Fiji Based. Resort owners, doxxed team, but expensive – I mean they want to actually buy a Fiji resort, so that makes sense. Worth having a look at this website. It’s more than I’m willing to spend (lowest tier .35 Eth) but it is a neat project with a lot of potential.
- HOLIDAO is a real estate ecosystem comprising 8,000 NFT’s which will fund the purchase of an existing operational resort in Fiji.
NCL – Norwegian Cruise Line has launched their NFT collection
- Auction continues for NFT that grants stateroom on inaugural voyage of new ships Currently $3k
CABIN – https://www.creatorcabins.com This is one of the coolest projects I’ve recently come across. “Our vision is to build a decentralized city for creators.Cabin is an experiment in the future of cities: decentralized physical nodes tied together by a shared culture, economy, and governance structure.”
Travala Travel Tigers – Minting now for WhiteList https://www.travala.com/nft – these guys are the OGs of paying for travel with crypto. Their initial foray into NFTs is expensive and will probably sell out before reaching the public sale – but offers some amazing benefits.
- 1000 tokens sold (773 owners) with a floor now at 3.34 (range has been 2.99 – 5 ETH since I began watching, nice volume) The benefits are pretty astounding – but still not sure if worth the cost.
- Travel-inspired NFTs, generated from hand-drawn elements by travel blogger Anna Faustino and stored on the Ethereum Blockchain. We want to help bridge IRL (in real life) travel experiences into Web3 and the Metaverse.
- 1 ETH mint price is way more than I am willing to pay, founders appear to be anon
- Some activity in Discord and on Twitter, mint is currently open, 708 pieces held by 62 owners, floor of .999 right below mint price. I’m staying away from this one.
NFTstayy – NftStayy.com “First and only travel agency serves on Web3 and metaverse . Only travel agency accummulate income for own NFT collectors.”
- NFTs that you can purchase with credit card or wire transfer but not clear what you get, what chain they are on, or anything else. On the one hand, the site/project is progressing – but I’m still not sure exactly what it is.
- Link to OpenSea leads nowhere, link to Discord is expired – I’ll keep watching but that’s all unless some clarity emerges.
- Anon team.
PNFT – Cayman’s Paradise NFT Club – https://nftcayman.com/ This is a new and novel approach to using NFTs to get discounts and invigorate travel in the Cayman Islands.
- 3.2 k minted by 116 owners with a. floor of .06 and a volume of .24 ETH total – no change.
- If I were taking a trip to the Cayman’s, I would probably mint one of these.
- 434 minted by 235 owners. Floor range has been .15-.35, currently .25 with little volume. Only 4 out of 435 for sale.
- Minting is closed.
- Founders announced first leases are signed
- Doxxed team, interesting roadmap
The Residence DAO – http://www.theresidencedao.com/ The Residence DAO is reshaping the way people experience the world by building a portfolio of properties that NFT holders can access
- The website says minting is live, but aside from that, I can’t tell much more. Twitter has gone dormant. No OpenSea assets that I can find. Ah…from the Discord:
“Thank you again to everyone who has supported us so far. For those of you who have missed prior announcements, we have decided to refund existing holders, improve the project and relaunch in the near future. Shortly after this announcement, holders will be refunded the FULL mint price (.305 for Miami; 1.25 for Global)! Holders will not need to take any additional measures on their end; we took a snapshot of existing holders a short while ago. Moving forward, do not purchase any TRD NFTs on OpenSea. Metadata will be wiped from existing NFTs.”
- Anon team, probably would avoid anything to do with this unless I start seeing a doxxed team.
NFT Booking – https://book.nftbooking.eu/ Book all of your travel with $BOOK – Aspires to be the AirBnB of NFT/crypto travel
- No updates or announcements in Discord
- This is more of a crypto project $BK – but seems more aspirational than useful
- No team mentioned on site, I didn’t bother reading the white paper based on discord, site, and twitter activity
Lynkey – Luxury Resorts and Travel powered by Blockchain and NFTs. https://lynkey.com/
- This feels more like a crypto travel desk with an NFT project tacked on.
- 1 billion Lynkey Tokens, with ~3800 wallets
- It’s interesting and worth continuing to watch
Wanderlust Finance – https://wanderlust.finance/
- I love all the roadmap stuff here, but this seems to be a token that is promising a bunch of really cool stuff but that so far has dead links to the App Store, dead links to the minter, etc. I really want this to be what they are promising – but so far, it’s a roadmap and a token.
- Wanderlust is a Tech company developing an all in one blockchain companion application that allows users to pay for travel accommodations and experiences through a native decentralized Asset.
- Partially doxxed team, no real difference from last week to this week on the site that I can discern.
- While the twitter says that staking is live, I can’t seem to find a token contract or listed token.
Nomadz – https://twitter.com/Nomadz_NFT I won a whitelist for this project through Travel Toucans, I’m not sure I’ll use it. Friendly engaged Discord community but I’m not even really sure what they are trying to do. No website and no real laid out agenda or goals.
- Nomadz is a collection of 10 000 neo-adventurers. Owning a Nomadz NFT gives you access to a lost map with outdoor challenges. Those that prove worthy will be lead to a secret treasure! Seasonal Adventures are a set of 5 geographically-neutral seasonal adventures leading-up to rare treasure NFT artwork from selected travel photographers! Access to our 5-day Nomad Labs festival (travel documentary film festival, music festival, NFT travel photography exhibitions, workshops and lectures) Access to funding for adventures and creative travel-related projects. Access to live workshops led by some of the biggest names in the NFT photography landscape. Hidden goodies…
Project FOMO – https://projectfomo.com/ a unique collection of NFTs designed to give its holders access to once-in-a-lifetime luxury travel getaways to its members. The team is working in tandem with global governments to reinvest a portion of their NFT sales back into these travel based economies.
Fanverse https://fanversecoin.io/ – a multi-chain NFT marketplace that blends fans, community, blockchain, and NFT technology, creating a new era of luxury and digital entertainment that is powered by web3 offering carefully vetted luxury focused NFT’s collections and exclusive access to once in a lifetime experiences.
LiveRichMedia https://liverich.media/ is transforming tourism in the post-Covid economy. Comprised of a team of high-profile content creators with millions of combined followers, LiveRichMedia produces and curates viral content for clients. The team combines its extensive social media reach with the exclusivity of luxury destinations to create breathtaking content that captures billions and encourages followers to travel to high-end destinations all over the world.
Travel Photography Collections
This section will grow over time
Where My Vans Go https://opensea.io/collection/where-my-vans-go
Atomic Photography – https://opensea.io/collection/atomic-photography
Where My Vanagon Goes https://opensea.io/collection/where-my-vanagon-goes– I launched my 33 piece collection earlier this week. I was formerly one of the top rated tour guides on the island of Oahu and each NFT in this collection, allows the owner to book a tour with me in my Vanagon (named 3V or #V Wonder) – terms are that me and Vanagon have to be present and operational – so it’s a little informal but considering that my tours were generally $500-$1300 when I was doing them – there is some serious value in buying one of these for .01 ETH and it is the only way to book a tour with me in Hawaii. Plus – this really is a love letter to both Oahu and Vanagon’s so it’s a pretty cool piece to own.
Each holder of my "Where My Vanagon Goes" #NFTs is entitled to a 3-hour tour on the island of #Oahu, #Hawaii in my Vanagon – a real world utility that far exceeds the purchase cost. Utility exists for as long as I am here and 3V Wonder is still operational and owned by me. #NFT https://t.co/Qls8YBkLuh
— CD | Vagobond.eth (@vagobond) April 11, 2022
Beautiful Cities of the World https://opensea.io/collection/beautiful-cities-trey-ratcliff
Food & Beverage NFTs:
This is such a huge category it really should be a separate beat. I’ll work on that.
Rare Pizzas / Pizza Dao – http://rarepizzas.com
- It all started with Laszlo, 10k Bitcoin, and two pizzas. Now, 11 years later, pizzaDAO is throwing a global pizza party in his honor.
- On Bitcoin Pizza Day in 2021, we spent over $300,000 at more than 300 pizzerias in over 60 countries to throw the World Largest Pizza Party Ever.
- Our mission: Pizza, the formation of Spaceship Earth’s largest pizzaiolo community, the digitization of all the world’s pizza knowledge, and the creation of the open source francheese Open Pizza!
Bored Breakfast Club – Coffee delivered by virtue of owning this NFT. No shipping costs. Great coffee. https://www.boredbreakfastclub.com/
- Second coffee sent.
- Third coffee claim fully funded by community (secondary sales, etc)
- Blend Two reserve sale is live at https://www.boredbreakfastclub.com/product/greasy-spoon
Maison Moon – https://maisonmoon.io/ Maison Moon is a collection of 10,000 uniquely generated premium whisky bottles that will age on the blockchain before reaching your home. As a token holder, you will be able to claim your physical bottle once the final finishing period is over. Your token will also double as a Maison Moon membership that will give you access to fine spirits private sales, exciting air drops and more..
TV Foodmaps – http://www.tvfoodmaps.com/ Can TV Foodmaps translate a successful website into a successful NFT?
Flyfish Club –https://www.flyfishclub.com Gary Vee and Partners NFT club sushi restaurant in NYC
Floor for these is around 2.6 Eth with 1.3k owners (down from 5 ETH )
- Flyfish Club (FFC) is the world’s first member’s only private dining club where membership is purchased on the blockchain as a Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) and owned by the token-holder to gain access to our restaurant and various culinary, cultural and social experiences.
Delectibles by FoodMasku – One man’s quest to make masks from the food he eats
News, Alpha, & Giveaways
- *Events* Veecon has kicked off. NGL, this looks like the most fun in the NFT space 10 NFT Projects To Know Ahead of Veecon
- *NFT Project* Nate Alexanders Chain Faces Arena has opened up upgrades and resurrections for the fallen https://chainfaceshd.com/
- *News* Tether Calms USDT Peg Fears with New Reserve Report
- *Opinion* Lost Sol. Persistent Challenges Continue to Impact SOL Price
- *News* Instagram NFTs are Here. Now What?
- *News* Ethereum Upgrade ‘Merge’ on Track for June
- *News* FTX Exchange to Debut Stock Trading in the US
- *Launch* Pussy Riot Releases NFT to Support Reproductive Rights
- *Coin Launch* Revolt to Earn – First official CultDao Ecosystem Token coming in June https://wearecultdao.medium.com/emancipate-the-many-from-wage-slavery-rvlt-b43e6431d51e
- *Airdrop* – DYOR and use a safe wallet! This has not been tested by me but some users have reported getting large airdrops that converted to ETH with no issues: https://docs.benddao.xyz/portal/airdrop
- *Airdrop* – DYOR! Check airdrop eligibility for Optimism here, gonna be one of the best airdrops this year https://app.optimism.io/governance More info here
Vagobond Ecosystem News
- * ALPHA * – The Vagobond Discord is one of the best free alpha servers around. You might see it in this briefing, but you’ll definitely see it in the Alpha channel of our discord first.
- *Allowlist Opportunity* for Filthy Habbits Mint – Raffle in the Alpha Channel of Vagobond Discord https://twitter.com/filthyhabbits http://www.filthyhabbits.com/
- *News* Iwahai Corporation’s social map app “VoiceMarkr” has been given to holders of Bald Jesus and Vagobond NFTs via Bald Jesus Cult, LLC. VoiceMarkr is a voice centered social media and communications platform which will be owned and developed further by the community – so if you want to be a part of it – you should buy some of those very cheaply priced NFTs and join the Vagobond Discord ASAP. Here is the announcement from Iwahai’s website Here are the app store versions that exist now: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/voicemarkr/id1593688844 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iwahai ) The progressive web app lets you listen to markers but doesn’t give you the ability to make them like the phone apps do. https://www.voicemarkr.com/
- I published several days of the Vagobond Morning Briefing as NFTs through ReadMe Books. Three copies of each as a way to explore the creation of Vagobond Magazine. I will no longer be publishing the VMB as NFTs – but each Friday will be publishing Vagobond Magazine. Here are the links to those genesis pieces. These and the Holy Bjble are the cheapest entries to the Vagobond/Bald Jesus Ecosystem.
- *GiveAway Results* – I’m gave away two copies of Issue #2 of Vagobond Magazine. Congrats to the winners!
— CD | Vagobond.eth (@vagobond) May 19, 2022
- **More Giveaways!!!**
Special #book #giveaway. I will give one of the owners of the Liminal Travel #NFT a signed physical copy of Liminal Travel. Currently 9 copies for sale on OS for .01 ETH. https://t.co/qmIvcX7ciD
Due to postage cost – winner must have US or Can. address to send the physical to https://t.co/CghfCqfvAx
— CD | Vagobond.eth (@vagobond) May 16, 2022
- Giveaway – I’m giving a signed copy of Douchebags, Fags, and Hags to one Bald Jesus Drinking Club holder. Winner will be picked one week from today. Must have US or Canadian address for delivery. baldjesusdrinkingclub.com .04 Eth still minting.
- Giveaway – I will give a signed copy of Slackville Road to one random holder of a Bald Jesus, Bald Jesus Collective, or Bald Jesus Pirate piece of 1/1 art. Winner picked 1 week from today. Must have US or Canadian address for delivery.
- Where My Vanagon Goes https://opensea.io/collection/where-my-vanagon-goes– I launched my 33 piece collection earlier this week. I was formerly one of the top rated tour guides on the island of Oahu and each NFT in this collection, allows the owner to book a tour with me in my Vanagon (named 3V or #V Wonder) – terms are that me and Vanagon have to be present and operational – so it’s a little informal but considering that my tours were generally $500-$1300 when I was doing them – there is some serious value in buying one of these for .01 ETH and it is the only way to book a tour with me in Hawaii. Plus – this really is a love letter to both Oahu and Vanagon’s so it’s a pretty cool piece to own. https://twitter.com/vagobond/status/1513533894175330306
The First NFT/Metaverse Religion- Bald Jesusism
The holidays of Bald Jesusism are meant to be fun and healthy for you and your fam. Enjoy them!
Bitcoin Pizza Day – May 22nd is the day the first official transaction with Bitcoin took place. Two large pizzas for 10,000 BTC. We celebrate these very expensive pies by eating pizza and buying pizza for others. This is a great day to buy an extra pizza and give it to someone who doesn’t have one.
https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com – Minting Now!- for Bald Jesus Drinking Club
.04 ETH limited to 777 total
Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
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