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









Take our BBQ Quiz

How much do you know about barbeque? Take our mini-quiz and see how you rank.

Travel Hack - Know Your Home Airport

Essentially, there are three types of airports relevant to potentially saving you money on your next flight. If you are looking for cheap airfare, then watch this video.

Travel Tip - What You Need to Know About REAL ID

If you have a driver’s license or state government issued ID card, is it REAL ID compliant? Take a look at it right now...I’ll wait.

Vacation Merchandise - Amenity Kit

Bring a little “first class” luxury to your next airplane seat assignment! This Travel Size Flight Ready Amenity Kit has everything you need for your next flight, train or long car ride. The kit and its contents are lightweight and TSA compliant.

Vacation Merchandise - In Flight Amenity Kit

Bring a little “first class” luxury to your next vacation…just like the airlines do! This Travel Size Essentials Amenity Kit has everything you need for your next flight, train, or long car ride. The kit and its contents are lightweight and TSA-compliant.


Vacation Merchandise - Luggage Tag Collection

More than 26 unique designs and counting! Our luggage tags are durable and easy to spot at baggage claim. 

Travel Tip - ETIAS Unveiled: The Future of European Travel for Americans

You may have heard about this somewhere in the last few months so let me set the record straight. If you are an American or Canadian citizen with a respective passport, then you previously did not need a visa to enter European Union countries.

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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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