Ready...Set...Vacation! with Erik the Travel Guy









Notes From The Road - Christmas Break

Hey fellow holiday enthusiasts! If you're anything like me and cherish the magic of Christmas, here's a festive tip to make your season even merrier: avoid the chaos of the busiest Christmas holiday travel days. Instead, consider extending your holiday and travel on the less bustling days surrounding Christmas.

Destination Spotlight - Austin, Texas

Nestled in the heart of the Lone Star State, Austin, Texas, is a dynamic and eclectic city that effortlessly blends Southern hospitality, live music culture...

Travel Tip - What's Free In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, renowned for its glamour and extravagance, also offers plenty of free attractions for budget-conscious travelers. One of the city's most iconic attractions, the Fountains of Bellagio...

Vacation Merch - Black Friday Sale

Looking for that perfect travel gift for YOU or someone you know? Then look no further than my Etsy shop! Save 25% shop wide! But hurry, this sale won't last long!

Beyond Your Backyard - Thanksgiving

Beyond Your Backyard travels to Plymouth, MA to learn more about “the first Thanksgiving” and shows you how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings.

What To Do With Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

Folks! I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving Day feast with family and/or friends! If you don’t travel, then you may have been responsible for the preparation of the delicious meal. So, what do you do with the leftovers?

Vacation Merchandise - 2024 Cats On Vacation Wall Calendar

Attention all cat lovers! If you've ever dreamt of whisking your feline friend away on a tropical adventure or wondered what your kitty would look like sporting a snorkel, the 2024 Cats On Vacation wall calendar is an absolute must-have for your cat-obsessed life. Prepare to be entertained, charmed, and maybe even a tad envious as you flip through each month showcasing our feline friends living their best vacation lives.

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Erik Hastings Biography

Erik Hastings, a.k.a. "Erik the Travel Guy"

Erik “the Travel Guy” Hastings is an EMMY award-winning television personality who speaks directly to consumers who can't afford to "get their vacations wrong". He is the host and managing editor of three internationally syndicated television series; "Beyond Your Backyard", “Food for Thought” and “Cruise Food”.

Erik leads an incredibly talented team of industry pros and is the editorial driving force of his platform. While the travel industry directly supports millions of families worldwide, Erik believes travel makes the world a better place. Through exploration and discovery, he has learned that travel brings cultures together and he eagerly shares that spirit with his viewers.

In 2005, Erik launched his own production company that specialized in creating high-quality, low-cost travel videos for online distribution, which has added “world traveler” to his resume. This enterprise encapsulates all of Erik’s true joys by combining video production, writing, discovery, adventure, performing and interacting with fascinating people in some of the most inspiring and beautiful travel destinations in the world. Since inception, he has amassed an impressive client roster including Hertz, The Greenbrier Resort, CruiseOne, Carnival, Pinehurst, Iberostar, and countless official tourism bureaus throughout the world.

In 2017, Erik and his creative team began production on "Beyond Your Backyard", a new educational travel series for Blue Ridge PBS. The series debuted in April of 2018 on Blue Ridge PBS and other public broadcasting stations and quickly gained national attention and new affiliates. Today, the series is seen by millions of viewers nationwide. The series is syndicated by NETA and carried on the CREATE Channel. In its first season, the series was honored by the industry with two EMMY awards for the show and its host.

In 2022, Erik formed a new venture (4:55 AM Entertainment Co.) with his longtime friend and creative partner Jason Zumwalt. His new company produces two series: “Cruise Food” and “Food For Thought”.

Erik spends (on average) about 25 weeks on the road per year. When he's not traveling, he spends time with his two daughters in the New York City area.


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