“HotelQuickly is a last-minute hotel booking app offering travellers discounted deals in more than 200 destinations in Asia-Pacific.”
Where are you now and where is your next travel destination?
I’m currently based in Sydney, but as I travel often, I gave up a permanent residency and I’m staying in hotels and short-term rental apartments. Coming up I’ll be travelling to Fiji for a few days, afterwards to Adelaide for a week (incl. Kangaroo Island over the weekend), then a week in Sydney and one in Melbourne, after that Bangkok for a week, then Manila for one, and then after another week in Bangkok back to Sydney.
What do you like most about your job?
Being part of a high-growth tech startup brings a lot of challenges along, but it’s also the most inspiring and most motivating environment one can work in.
I’m working with extremely creative, driven, and smart people across 15 countries on a daily basis. We collaborate intensively while creating an industry-changing product, a service that has never before existed in Asia Pacific. We’re driven by our shared vision of making last-minute hotel booking fun and rewarding, rather than an organizational or hierarchical expectation of spending 40 hours per week at the office. It’s not about where I work or how long I work, it’s about whether the output of my work is superior than what anyone else could do in my position that defines whether I’m suitable for my job. That’s what I like most.
What do you always pack in your carry-on luggage?
I have a large travel wallet with all my loyalty cards for hotels and airlines, but also with a pouch with local currencies, public transportation cards, and local sim cards. I even have some loyalty cards of my favorite cafes or some business cards of my go-to restaurants in different cities in that wallet. Whenever I travel to e.g. Singapore, I just replace the current content of my wallet with the Singapore one and I’m all sorted. Same with e.g. Hong Kong or Bangkok.
What is your most memorable trip?
In 2013, I travelled to North Korea on as part of an organised group tour. This was a remarkable and highly memorable trip, the country was different from what I expected and I was astonished and at times overwhelmed by the impressions. I attended Mass Games with 100,000 participating artists, I’ve witnessed the national day with a military parade, went to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, went to a local circus in Pjoengjang and to an amusement park, etc.
I highly recommend to travel there and see the country. It takes a bit of time and effort to organize everything on beforehand, but it will definitely pay off.
What must-have travel products, accessories or apps do you recommend for any traveller?
I like to take pictures, so I usually carry two cameras (a Lumix TX-60 and a GoPro Hero4) in addition to my phone. I also recommend to buy a Bose QuietComfort 25 headset with active noise cancelling – it will not only reduce any airplane noise, but also provide the sometimes needed silence in busy places to be able to focus on some work (e.g. in cafes or hotel lobbies). As smartphone I use an iPhone 6 and my top travel apps are HotelQuickly, Uber, JetQuote, TripAdvisor.
Your favourite travel quote is…
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine.
If you could be someone else for one day who would that be?
It would be interesting to be someone working with me closely or being related to me for one day just to see what it’s like to be around me. I’m trying to constantly improve myself, but it’s difficult to close the gap between your subjective and objective self.
Your greatest weakness is…
My ability to match plans and available time. I’m always trying to get a lot of things packed in one day or one week, which then results in me missing flights or showing up late for appointments. It’s something I’m aware of and I’m trying to change, but it’s really hard for me to get done.
If you could travel through time – where and what year/era would you chose to visit?
To 2050 – imagine the opportunities.
As a travel expert, what are your travel hacks/tips for our readers?
As I’m constantly travelling, I had to develop a way to stay time- and cost-efficient. This is the secret: Book a hotel the same day through HotelQuickly, this will save you around 20% over normal prices. Once you know where your last meeting of the day will take place, choose a hotel close to that area and book it in seconds. Once at the hotel, don’t unpack your suitcase, have your daily necessities on top and things that you use infrequently at the bottom of your suitcase. The next morning, just put your toiletry bag, charger, and laundry back into the suitcase. Leave your luggage at the hotel, head off to the office or to your meetings or whatever you need to do.
In the evening, use UberX to drive by your old hotel, pick up your suitcase and go to the next hotel. The detour takes a few extra minutes, but it’s as if you had to wait a bit longer for a taxi – which you compensate by using UberX (faster to get a car, and cheaper to take a ride). This way of travelling saves me a lot of money, time, and I get to explore new hotels.
Christian Mischler is the COO and Co-Founder of HotelQuickly, a last-minute hotel booking app company offering travellers discounted deals in more than 200 destinations in Asia-Pacific.