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Hopping between club nights in Japan, international DJ Max Graham faced a dilemma. Train or plane? Here, he shares his impression of a first trip on the fast train:
Faced with a trip between Osaka and Tokyo, I weighed my two main options. Would it be 2.5 hours on a comfortable train with no security or a 1-hour flight plus 1.5 hours of driving (city to airport on both ends) and another 90 minutes of security, check in and waiting at the gate? The train was winning already, but add to this that it’s the famous Shinkansen Expressone of Japan's shiny bullet trainsand it was a no-brainer.
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A 767 wing on the return trip
Note: This story is a review of a trip including several segments, one of which was on a 787. Max also flew on a 767 and included this wingtip photo with the gallery as a whole trip. This was not made clear when first published, but explains the 767 image above.
International DJ, frequent flyer extraordinaire and Jaunted contributor Max Graham just flew from Tokyo to Hong Kong and it happened to be on one of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Here, he drops his thoughts on the ANA flight:
Pre-flight, in the lounge:
It began in Canada, flying up over the country and down into Tokyo onboard an Air Canada 777. Thanks to my Star Alliance status, I headed straight for the ANA lounge at Narita, which is not huge but just lovely with very pleasant local staff. Technically my first stop, in preparation for boarding the 787, was the lounge shower. Thankfully these are as nice as many showers in boutique hotels, complete with the awesome Japanese heated toilet contraption that’s a must for any “lost in translation” traveler.
Other awesome bits that put me in an great mood was the six noodle bowl options, free wifi and a nice cold Sapporo after the shower. Sadly the lounge's Sake Bar was closed (I was there in the morning), but it seemed quite well set up, again feeling like a bar within a cool boutique hotel.
Last season, we showed you what we (and some other notable travelers) pack in a carry-on. Now it's time to get personal. The intrepid contributors here at Jaunted will open our dopp kits and cosmetic cases to reveal what keeps us looking so damn good.
Hi, my name is Max Graham and I travel weekly all over the world to perform as a DJ. It's almost a fact that DJs spend more time in the air than anyone (outside airline employees) and coupling that with life in hotels and late nights means it’s important to care for my skin. I never used to do much more than a simple face wash, but recently I upgraded products and have noticed huge improvements, especially after weekends of excessive travel and dry air.
The bag: This one is from MUJI, a Japanese brand with an excellent selection of cool and functional accessories for travelers. The clear pouch allows for easy in and out from my carry on while navigating security, and it’s an easy wash too. I also have a cool black bag from United's First Class, but as it’s not see-through, it has instead become my hot sauce/gum/eye mask/Advil bag.
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International DJ, frequent flyer extraordinaire and Jaunted contributor Max Graham drops his thoughts on hanging out in Turkish Airlines' flagship lounge at Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport recently:
Flying from Hong Kong to London this past month, I stayed loyal to Star Alliance and chose to fly Turkish Airlines, which meant a stop in Istanbul and a visit to their large flagship lounge. Right away I was very impressed with the entry system. It goes like this: you scan your boarding pass and, if you're allowed in, turnstile-like doors automatically open. This eliminates the need to wait in line while someone manually checks your boarding pass and keys in your frequent flyer number. It's the future!
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International DJ, frequent flyer extraordinaire and Jaunted contributor Max Graham drops his thoughts on flying Turkish Airlines' Boeing 777 new-ish Business Class recently between Istanbul and Hong Kong:
Heading from London to Istanbul and on to spend only 24 hours in Hong Kong left me with plenty of options for airlines, but after reading about Turkish Airlines' new 777 product I just had to have a peek. The entire trip started with a late arrival by me to Heathrow and some amazing help by the Turkish ground staff to get me on my flight. Good omen of a trip to come? Unfortunately not really.
There was a 15-year old in my assigned seat 4D. Staff moved me to 1A, where I nicely asked 1B if that was his book on the seat and he informed me the seat was already taken. Back down comes my bag from the overhead and I make my way back to the galley. “2G sir" is the second command. I go to 2G, there's nobody in the middle seatyes, this configuration has a middle seat in businessand I take my shoes off, unpack my usuals, open the amenity kit and look up to see a nice French couple showing me their boarding pass. Sure enough these are their seats.
And now a dispatch from DJ Max Graham, who's somewhere off in the world...
This past weekend, I did a quick Frankfurt to Amsterdam turnaround. I was pleasantly suprised to find Lufthansa’s newish “ultra thin” seats on my plane. I’m just a touch over six feet tall and can rarely sit with my knees square forward; but, thanks to the ingenious design of these seats (by Recaro), i was actually quite comfortable, for economy.
Lufthansa had Recaro build these seats specifically for them, in order to both save fuel (lighter seats mean less fuel used) and make servicing easier. Nonetheless, the real benefits come for the passengers. The seat was as cozy and comfy as I would expect from an economy upright, but the usual padding behind the lower back is goneleaving it ultra thin. :
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And now a dispatch from DJ Max Graham, who's somewhere off in the world...
I spent 36 hours with Air New Zealand recently; that's 14 hours in the infamous Skycouch on the way to Auckland from LA, many hours in assorted airport lounges, and 14 hours back, where I was lucky enough to be upgraded to
Business the new Premium Economy called "Spaceseats." This is my review of that second leg.
First off, Air NZ gets it. Not only are they pushing the boundaries of the in-flight experience with completely innovative and unique products, but their staff are simply excellent. The small country has a pride you can feel in the flagship airline’s staff, and smiles were all around.
I was extremly excited to try the “Spaceseat” on the new Boeing 777-300ER and ended up with a bulkhead window and no one beside me. Right away I felt as if I was accidentally in business class, hoping nobody catches me. There’s no way this is just an economy product! But it is. Bottled Water, pillow and blanket greeted me as I entered my pod.
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Travel voyeurs, every last one of us! It's time for a new series wherein you show off what you're working with. That is, what necessities make it into your carry-on bag. Want to be featured? It's crazy simple. Shoot us an email with a nice big photo of your bag contents and a little bit about why they have pride of place in your carry-on. And of course include your Twitter handle if you so desire.
Kicking off the series is British-Canadian DJ Max Graham. Some things in his bag everyone will carry, while some are unique to DJs:
· USB Sticks: The days of heavy vinyl record bags are over. It's common for DJs in 2011 to carry music on USB sticks; I always have two extras kicking around my bag in case the main ones fail.
· Tylenol: Djing until late usually means a few drinks and then straight to the airport and onto the next gig. Tylenol is a must for any DJ's bag.
· Tabasco and/or HP sauce: Plane food can get pretty bland. Even the best dish needs livening up after you’ve eaten it more than a few times. I travel with Tabasco and English HP sauce and more than once have had my Tabasco passed around Business Class.
And now a special review from international superstar DJ (and Jaunted reader) Max Graham:
I’ve flown in First Class more than a few times thanks to surprise upgrades and my own hard-earned loyalty points, so I was understandably eager to try United’s new “First Suite" while hopping between Europe and the US. I booked it direct from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Chicago-O'Hare, snapped up a middle seat to avoid the “interrogation lighting” that still seems so common on airliners, and happily settled in for the journey.
As so often happens, a family wanted to sit together and I gave in and shifted to a window seat; not too bad of a trade-off with a 1-2-1 configuration in First.
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Yes! There is someone out there giving some serious competition to the "World's Most-Traveled Man," and that person is actually Jaunted reader and international DJ Max Graham. Max, a resident of Montreal who just received Canadian citizenship today (congrats?), is an Air Canada frequent frequent flyer; we're talking over 1 million miles here. During a recent trip around the world (literally), he shot snippet videos of the journey using his iPhone, and created the above montage to offer his fans and other travelers a peek at the world from his eyes, and his seats in first and business class.
The 7-minute video above is a must-watch, but beware that you will come down with a life-threatening case of wanderlust. Max's seamless and poetic transitions from plane to taxi to club to hotel to plane to repeat could lead to spontaneously booking a trip or worse...you may actually develop heartwarming and positive feelings towards air travel. Well done, Max, and nice Movember 'stache as well. *Slow clap* If you want to follow his travels in real-time, he's on Twitter @MaxGraham.