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Destination Spotlight - Daytona Beach, FL

In light of the Daytona 500 on February 19th, I thought you might want to learn more about this iconic Florida beach paradise. 

Notes From The Road - Spring Break

Greetings fellow fun-seekers! As someone who loves exploring new destinations, I can't emphasize enough how important it is to book your spring break travel plans as early as possible. Why?

Notes From The Road - No Shame In The Frugal Game

Look, I don’t enjoy thinking about money. I’d rather sign a bill at the end of a meal without ever knowing how much it costs then see the exorbitant amount I was just charged for...

Happy Birthday Thomas Edison

February 11, 1847, is Thomas Edison's birthday. For those eager to delve into the life and legacy of this visionary, there are numerous artifacts and sites around the United States where one can immerse themselves in the history of...

Vacation Merchandise - Orlando Itinerary

Download Erik the Travel Guy's curated three-day itinerary for Orlando, Florida, and unlock a treasure trove of insider tips, hidden gems, and must-see attractions. Maximize your time, experience the best of Orlando's attractions, and create unforgettable memories with ease.

Video - My Recent Trip to Curacao

Escape to the enchanting island of Curaçao, where the vibrant hues of the Caribbean Sea blend seamlessly with the kaleidoscope of pastel-colored architecture. This hidden gem, nestled in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean, beckons you with its pristine beaches and a sense of tranquility that transcends time.

Destination Spotlight - Icon of the Seas

Recently, Royal Caribbean launched the maiden voyage of its newest ship The Icon of the Seas. It’s the largest cruise ship in the world. A marvel of engineering, this colossal vessel...

Best Time of Year to Cruise

This time of year, the cruise industry wants to nail down your next cruise adventure and they are willing to make a deal. But you may be wondering are there better months to cruise than others? The answer is...perhaps. Read on, my friend, read on...

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Cruise Lines' Exclusive Retreats

Cruise lines have long been known for providing passengers with a unique and diverse array of experiences, from exploring vibrant cities to relaxing on...

Destination Spotlight - Seattle, Washington

Nestled between the Cascade Range and the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, stands as a dynamic...

Travel Tip - Visiting The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, a geological marvel sculpted by the hands of time, stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the Earth's majesty. Visiting this natural wonder is a journey of a lifetime, promising breathtaking vistas, unparalleled beauty and...

Notes From The Road - Travel Gifts

Hello, fellow festive souls! As the holiday season approaches, why not consider giving the gift of travel? Imagine the joy on your loved ones' faces when they unwrap the promise of a vacation, a cruise, or even an Expedia gift card, allowing them to choose their dream destination.

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...

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.

Beyond Your Backyard - Currituck, The Outer Banks

The crew and I explore the northern end of this legendary and popular destination on North Carolina’s Atlantic coast. Join me in one of the few places in the United States where wild horses still run free! I'll discover how a beach vibe, tide and some historic lighthouses shaped this unique destination. All that, and plenty of fun and fresh seafood for all in a destination unlike any other.

Destination Spotlight - Frankenmuth, MI

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, Frankenmuth is a charming and picturesque town that embodies the essence of Bavarian hospitality. Known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria," Frankenmuth offers visitors a delightful blend of Old World charm, cultural richness, and warm hospitality. 

Notes from the Road - Thanksgiving Travel

Hey fellow adventurers! If you're anything like me and cherish stress-free travel experiences, let me share a golden nugget of wisdom: avoid the chaos of the busiest Thanksgiving holiday travel days.

Travel Tip - A Humble Deck of Cards

Oh, the allure of vacation! The mere thought of sandy beaches, towering mountains, or bustling cityscapes can send anyone into a delightful daydream. But wait, before you zip up your suitcase...

Beyond Your Backyard - Little Rock Part II

The crew and I return to the capital of Arkansas in this episode of Beyond Your Backyard. Diversity in unique neighborhoods, a thriving downtown district, and outdoor recreation are all part of the fun.

Explore the United States!

National parks, small towns, big cities, beaches, forests, desserts, this country is big and diverse! Get out there and explore! 

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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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