Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work
**1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**
I am Product Director; I am responsible for improving existing features of the site and adding new features. If you have any ideas then please get in touch and mark your suggestions for my attention!
2. What kind of flight geek you are?
3. What best generally describes your travel style?
For holidays, my dates and destination are generally fixed, but I can fly from a number of different airports. For my regular travel, my dates and destinations are fixed and I am looking for the best price.
4. What’s your ideal holiday?
An active, entertaining holiday with the family. Ideally near the sea (nothing like a beach to entertain the children), and I have recently become a fan of the all inclusive holiday (Club Med – although I have found it is cheaper to book flights myself and pay for the accommodation package separately).
5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?
If you’re talking about whom I would like to sit next to on a long plane journey, then Tim Minchin. I got his video for Christmas, the guy is a genius.
6. Do you fly with children?
Yes. I have it down to an art. One of the best tips is to hide one of their favourite toys a week before you travel and give it to them once on the plane. Another is to keep a toy/book in reserve for the journey home.
7. How do you decide where you want to go?
Somewhere hot, but not too hot (high twenties), near a beach, with good sports facilities, friendly locals and fully catered with great food.
8. How do you decide when you want to go?
I like to top and tail the summer, so April/May or Sept/Oct. There’s plenty to do in the UK during June/July/August, so we tend to stay on British soil during the summer.
9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?
The finer details; if you’re doing it all yourself, there’s things like transfers to remember.
10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to improve things?
I’m trying to make sure that as you plan your trip on the Skyscanner site, we give you all the information and links to sites that will help you plan each component of your trip; brining everything you need together in one place.
11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?
I love the speed of the site; we are still working on making it even faster though!
12. What’s your dream feature?
We have some very exciting releases in the pipeline that will add some great functionality to the site, but the one I can’t wait to get onto the site is the ‘collaborative trip building’ tool to coordinate the planning for a group of people travelling.
13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner?
I own a Garmin Forerunner watch that lets you download your run/cycle/swim data to the Garmin website and replay your workout, compare it to previous circuits or share it with your friends.
14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?
See question 13; I am an absolute Data Geek… anything that collects data and lets me analyse it – I love. Some of the tools Google provide are amazing (Google Analytics, Google Website Optimiser etc).
15. Worst travel experience?
I once got stuck at Macclesfield station, and whilst waiting on the platform, someone threw a pork pie at me from a high speed express train that was passing through.
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