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During a recent 8-day filming trip for the new luxury hotel TV show, Great Escapes, I was able to stay and film some of the best hotels in all of San Diego, California. When planning the trip I knew that I wanted to stay at a variety of hotels to make sure I was able to experience all that San Diego had to offer. Thankfully, I was able to find four unique hotels that were a perfect fit for the new TV show and diverse enough to reflect all of San Diego. For anyone who can’t decide on where to take their next vacation, don’t overlook San Diego as a destination. Here is my hotel review of our stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines! (more…)

During a recent filming trip for the new luxury hotel TV show, Great Escapes, I was lucky enough to stay at one of the windy city’s best hotel, the Thompson Chicago. The hotel offers beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, all while being just steps from the famous Magnificent Mile. Keep reading for my in-depth review of the Thompson Chicago hotel and why it should be on the top of anyone’s list who is looking for a downtown hotel while visiting Chicago! (more…)

While filming for the new luxury hotel TV show, Great Escapes, I spent 8 days exploring San Diego, CA visiting some of the best hotels the city has to offer! Anyone looking for a family friendly beach resort close to downtown San Diego, the Kona Kai Resort & Marina should be at the top of your list! (more…)

During a recent filming expedition to Alaska to film for the new travel TV show, Great Escapes, Patagonia was kind enough to provide me and my film crew with some amazing wet weather gear. Even though we were traveling to Alaska in the summer months, it was still very wet and rainy the majority of the time we were there.

I wanted to give a big shout out and thank you to Patagonia for the waterproof jackets they provided that kept both me and my crew dry during the whole trip!

Check out the gear we wore and reviewed! Patagonia provided us waterproof jackets for our trip but did not pay me or my crew any money for this review. I was really impressed with how the gear performed and would recommend any of these three jackets to anyone looking for new wet weather gear.

Patagonia Triolet Jacket_Stocki Exchange

Patagonia Men’s Triolet Jacket

Patagonia Piolet Jacket_Stocki Exchange

Patagonia Men’s Piolet Jacket

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Patagonia Men’s M10 Jacket

During a recent filming expedition to Alaska for the new travel TV show, Great Escapes, Under Armour was kind enough to hook me and my film crew up with some awesome outdoor gear! We spent 10 days traveling throughout the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska while filming three different segments for the TV show. Each day, we were on our feet 12-15 hours either hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, or exploring the endless untouched nature of Alaska.

>>> Related: Photo Story: Alaska – Undisturbed Nature

Under Armour sponsored our expedition by providing us with some of their UA Newell Ridge Mid GORE-TEX® waterproof hiking boots which we wore almost non-stop throughout the entire trip. These boots are crazy lightweight (only 16oz) but sturdy enough to tackle the rugged outdoors and hiking trail in Alaska. They are 100% waterproof and we really tested them as it was raining the majority of the time we were there.

We visited Alaska during the summer season which means that it’s light almost the entire day. WIth 21+ hours of sunlight, having proper sunglasses is super important. Under Armour provided us with a few pair of their UA Assist and UA Assist Multiflection™ Sunglasses. These glasses were polarized, which was perfect as we spent a lot of time on the water either kayaking, rafting, or fishing. They were super comfortable to wear and the lenses provided a comfortable level of tint as well as UV protection.

Check out the gear we wore and reviewed! Under Armourprovided us boots and sunglasses for our trip but did not pay me or my crew any money for this review.

UA Newell Ridge Mid GORE-TEX® ($180):

UA Newell Ridge Mid GORE-TEX® ($180):

UA Assist Multiflection™ Sunglasses ($90):

UA Assist Sunglasses ($75):

Away Travel claims that their luggage is made with unbreakable shells. So, we thought, challenge accepted. In the first trial in a three-part series, we took the Away Travel luggage to my local skate park and used it as a skateboard of sorts to see how it would handle.

Their luggage also features interior compartments, built-in USB chargers, dirty laundry bags, 4 caster wheels and a lifetime warranty!

For more information or to buy some of their luggage, visit:

With their Refer a Friend program, we’ll both get a $20 credit after your first purchase if you use the above link!

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“The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday.” states an article published by The Daily Beast on May 10th. (more…)

On Sunday, April 9, passengers in Chicago O’Hare International Airport who boarded United Airlines Express flight 3411 headed to Louisville, Kentucky had quite the ordeal. Videos posted to social media show a man being violently removed from his seat after refusing to give up his seat because the flight was overbooked. (more…)

Check out this time-lapse video of an American Airlines flight from Santa Ana, CA to Phoenix, AZ made by Stocki Exchange CEO, John Stocki!

Related Article: VIDEO Review of American Airlines Admirals Club in PHX airport.

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