“Andy Buerckner is a Director at Platinum Travel Corporation, a specialist and unique provider of corporate, event and holiday travel.”
Where are you now and where is your next travel destination?
I’m in Melbourne, my base, at the moment. The next international destination this year will be China.
What do you like most about your job?
I would have to say change. It’s a love hate relationship, but the need to adapt and keep on your toes keeps the industry interesting and challenging. The travel industry is certainly an evolving one.
What do you always pack in your carry-on luggage?
Chargers! For two reasons – one because I unfortunately need my phone 24/7, and two because there are new laws where you may need to prove your technology is able to be turned on when arriving in certain countries, or it may be confiscated.
What is your most memorable trip?
I spent a month in Cambodia and Vietnam when I was a bit younger. It was a time before they both became a bit more ‘touristy’ and I went right off the beaten track into the Central Highlands of Vietnam on a motorbike. Truly beautiful countries with history that will shock you and make you cry; but eventually smile when you are surrounded with the positivity of the locals. The people of both countries are incredibly welcoming, and forms part of the reason we today support an education facility in Siem Reap as part of the Platinum Foundation.
What must-have travel products, accessories or apps do you recommend for any traveller?
A good pair of headphones is essential in my opinion. Regardless of which end of the plane you are seated, noise cancelling
headphones will help you block out the cabin noise and give you the opportunity to sleep on long-haul flights. In terms of apps, my favourite on a recent Europe trip was ‘Word Lens’ – an app allowing you to scan your phone over foreign signs and translate it to the language you prefer. No data needed!
Your favourite travel quote is…
“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
If you could be someone else for one day who would that be?
There are many, but I would need to say Sir Richard Branson. A life mentor and someone I strive to meet one day. The quirky, intelligent, risk taking and adventurous mindset he possesses is one that I’m sure many are envious of.
Your greatest weakness is…
If you could travel through time – where and what year/era would you chose to visit?
I am a big fan of architecture, both new and old. For this reason, I would elect a time somewhere between the 17th and 19th Centuries of Europe; likely the least specific answer you have ever heard! I would love to be involved in the design and build process of the monuments and buildings of that era. They are undeniably beautiful buildings that have and will continue to last centuries as timeless pieces of art.
As a travel expert, what are your travel hacks/tips for our readers?
Whilst not really a hack, my advice is not to underestimate the power of ‘value’. In an age where we seem to be so hung up on getting the lowest cost for everything, try and remember there is generally a reason why it’s the cheapest. Look out for other indicators why a product or service provider might be different and as hard as it may be, try and disregard pricing until you have fully evaluated the product or supplier in question.
Andy is a Director at Platinum Travel Corporation, a specialist and unique provider of corporate, event and holiday travel. He is responsible for business development, marketing and seeking opportunities through partnerships and acquisitions.