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Man About Town: Bradley Cocks, Co-founder – Hotelinsider.com

We’ve known Bradley Cocks for a few years and we’re always interested in what he’s got on the go. He’s recently become a father and has kickstarted his new business Hotel Insider. When he’s not working hard in the travel business he’s surfing breaks and cruising around in his Boston Whaler. (Picture Credit: WISH Magazine)

Current Town: Sydney, Australia
Hometown: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

How did you get started in the travel business?
I was working in the advertising industry in Vancouver and searching for a new office space. The space I ended up sub-leasing was through my current business partner – who then had just started up our last luxury travel venture. Eventually I sold out of my ad agency, bought into the business and moved to Australia to set up the Asia Pacific operations.

Where do you find inspiration in what you do?
In the solutions and challenges faced by the tourism industry. There is a lot of volatility and responsibility in the tourism sector and I am always amazed by the level of innovation and passion for travel.

If you were not in the travel industry for a living, what would you be doing?
Something related to media, arts and production.

How do you manage the work / life balance?
Sometimes I don’t. I am passionate about the ocean and waves and try to keep my mornings open for these sorts of activities. I fly a lot and try not to work on planes as it’s the only real place [at present] to switch off from phones, emails and technology. It’s funny how the places I used to go for serenity now have full connectivity – even our family fishing lodge in outback Quebec has wifi! A sad reality.

Where’s your favourite place to get away from everything?
My all time favourite is Nihiwatu on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. Another great spot is Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. Otherwise there are some great spots in the south coast region of NSW, Australia.

What best defines your style, conservative or bold?
I am a gemini – so both!

What’s one thing every man must try once in his lifetime?
I’ll tell you in person… I would get in trouble if I put pen-to-paper on this question!

Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Geoffrey Robertson QC – his knowledge of history – from ancient to recent – is baffling — and he always is engaged with interesting high profile cases ranging from suing the Pope to defending Julian Assange.

Sound advice for the men reading this article?
Everything in moderation… there is a reason why women always out live us!
Also plan everything based on the ethos of ‘better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have’.

What’s next for Bradley Cocks? We hear you have a new project in the works.
www.hotelinsider.com – A new global brand that redefines the way luxury hotels are researched, booked and enjoyed by the discerning traveler. We will offer a curated collection of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide and provide intelligent choices whether on a budget or wanting to splurge. We help you find what you’re looking for. Maybe before you even knew you were looking for it.

 

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