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









My Cruise On Margaritaville At Sea

Step on board Margaritaville at Sea and get ready for fun on the water! Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville at Sea is a fun-filled experience as you sail to the Bahamas from Palm Beach.

Beyond Your Backyard - US Presidents

This special travel tv episode explores the men behind the office. In this episode we travel to Williamsburg to talk with Thomas Jefferson. And we also journey to...

Notes From The Road - Goodbye, Summer

Folks, another Summer in the books! I hope you had the chance to take some time away with loved ones and recharge the battery. If this past season was a missed opportunity, that’s totally cool because the sooner you start planning for next summer the more-likely you are to save big bucks on everything from airfare to hotel rooms. Speaking of...

Travel Tip - How To Explore Anywhere On A Budget

Traveling the world doesn't have to be an expensive affair. In fact, some of the most rewarding experiences can come from the simple pleasures that don't cost a dime.

Beyond Your Backyard - BBQ

Those who know me, know I LOVE BBQ! Smoked meats, the sauces, the spices, the mouth is watering just writing this sentence!

Notes From The Road - Dream Big

On my way to Liberty International Airport (Newark) the other day I saw a saying painted in the side of a building. The large quote read: “America is too big for small dreams”.

Take our BBQ Quiz

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

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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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