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Notes From The Road - Off-Peak Times to Travel

I have a feeling there are a lot of travelers like me who get fed up with the hustle and the bustle of modern life. Our daily to-do lists demand so much from us, dragging us from one chore to...

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...

Beyond Your Backyard - Niagara Falls

It's not too late in the year to visit Niagara Falls. You can visit the American side without a passport! Take the Maid of the Mist, bring a jacket and have fun!

Destination Spotlight - Galway City, Ireland

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Galway Bay on Ireland's west coast, Galway is a vibrant city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. Known as the "City of the Tribes," Galway captivates...

Vacation Merchandise - Smoky Mountains Itinerary

Download Erik the Travel Guy's curated three-day itinerary for The Great Smoky Mountains, and unlock a treasure trove of insider tips, hidden gems, and must-see attractions. Maximize your time, experience the best attractions in Gatlinburg, Pidgeon Forge and beyond!

Travel to Canada & New England!

Join Alistair Begg this September for a wonderful voyage along the coastlines of Canada and New England. Enjoy spiritual refreshment and renewal as you engage in times of worship, learning, and fellowship together.

Register now for the Deeper Faith Canada & New England Cruise

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.

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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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