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Yum Cha Chats: Travel hacks by Steve Aoki

Sound advice from a man that takes 300+ flights a year

  • Steve Aoki
  • 16 August 2020

Sunday’s are hard but can be made easier with unexpected delights — so here’s some fluff to get you through it. Inspired by a recent jaunt for dim sum with Miss Yellow in Hong Kong, allow us to deliver a new edition of Yum Cha Chats — which means let’s go eat dim sum and drink tea in Cantonese. The series will dig into the obscure and tasty 'fillings' you never knew about your favourite DJs and have nothing to do with music — every Sunday. Best enjoyed from bed…

Steve Aoki takes somewhere around 300 flights per year. The globe-trotting DJ has more frequent fliers miles than a pilot, and he proved that in 2012 when he was awarded the Guinness World Record as the most-travelled musician after playing 168 shows in 41 countries — a schedule that has barely wavered since, even playing 361 in one year in 2017. If you’re looking for travel hacks, he’s your man, and this is his curated list.

My ultimate travel hack is….

“Time travel."

I beat jet lag by…

“…napping anytime my body needs it. There is also this powder I take called ERW before I get on a flight, during a flight and when I land. It has all kinds of stuff in there that helps me sleep and stay awake. It really helps with the jet lag that I have to deal with all the time.”

My airplane wellness routine is….

“My airplane wellness routine is sleeping. I just sleep like right away. I can sleep in any position, so I get my pillow, my noise cancellation headphone and my eye mask. Nowadays I have an actual MASK, so my whole face is covered — ears, eyes, mouth…I’m fully covered. And I have a pillow so I’m just out. THAT is wellness because self-care is all about sleep.”

Travel essentials I can't travel without…

"…are my eye mask, my pillow and my headphones — my SVN Sound headphones. Those are like my favorite headphones that I travel with.”

I recharge by...

"...with this brand that I’m really into right now, it’s called eSMARTR. It’s a sleeve I wear, and honestly, I’ve done scientific studies on my brain before and after I wear this sleeve and it literally calms me down and it shifts my brain into focus. Like when I’m studying or when I’m sleeping. I also have more vivid dreams. Even when I’m working out or I’m playing, I wear this sleeve. It’s really interesting tech...wearable tech.”

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