DREAM JOB: Daniel Blickling has given up his London corporate job to launch his own global business from the Sunshine Coast.
DREAM JOB: Daniel Blickling has given up his London corporate job to launch his own global business from the Sunshine Coast. John McCutcheon

Daniel's decision to move home may revolutionise travel

DANIEL Blickling had a high-flying job with British Airways in London when he came up with an idea to make planning holidays easier.

It was not long before the engineer-turned innovation technology manager threw in the towel on corporate life to develop the online travel-planning tool he hoped would become the "the new travel Facebook, in a way".

He came up with the idea when he - a busy corporate employee - went to New York with a friend who was "a hard-core planner".

"I thought 'how can I plan a trip like this in the easiest possible way?'," he said.

"Everything I'm doing is around how do I leave the user in complete control of the holiday and make it as easy as possible.

"I want them to own their trip, I want them to get excited about the trip but I don't want them to be flooded by planning."

Traveloris was his answer.

The free website brought all the elements of travel-planning - from accommodation to attractions - to one place, where travellers could drag-and-drop them into an easy-to-use itinerary builder.

Opening hours and travel times were worked out and each attraction was plotted on a map.

Each destination has been carefully researched in consultation with local guides, and only the best things to see and do were included.

"Too much choice isn't good," Mr Blickling said.

"What I'm trying to do is get the right balance.

"If you're working and you've got 15 days of leave a year you don't want to turn up and spend three days in the lobby planning what you want to do."

It's still early days for the site. So far it features 30 destinations including Paris, London, New York and Sydney.

But Mr Blickling said he has had a good response from the site so far, and had an "endless list of ideas" to make it even better.

The web-based enterprise is something Mr Blickling could have worked on anywhere in the world, but he said the Sunshine Coast, where he grew up, was the obvious choice.

"The weather in London was driving me nuts after six years of being there," he said.

"My family's in Australia, and I sort of thought where would I want to live long-term?"


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