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Commercial Air Travel Statistics Speak Volumes

The recent Alaska Airlines event has undoubtedly cause slight hesitation in a few of you. First...that's totally normal because planes are NOT designed to have pieces falling off...

Destination Spotlight - Honolulu, Hawaii

Nestled on the beautiful island of Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii stands as a tropical paradise where stunning natural beauty converges with vibrant cultural experiences. With its world-famous...

Notes From The Road - Happy 2024

Happy New Year! And here we go! Another year is upon us and I am submitting for your consideration…leave the past where it the past! Let’s start with a clean slate! The vacation possibilities are seemingly endless. Step one is to create a personal (or family) vacation...

Vacation Merchandise - Blessing Bag

Introducing the "Blessing Bag - Hygiene Kit," a beacon of compassion in a compact package. In a world that sometimes feels indifferent, this thoughtful kit is a tangible reminder that care and kindness can come in small, powerful gestures. Inside this unassuming bag lies the essence of dignity and cleanliness, carefully curated to meet the essential needs of those facing homelessness. We believe everyone deserves the comfort of a warm shower, a refreshing toothbrushing, and the simple luxury of feeling clean.

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...

The History of the Philly Cheesesteak

A Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich invented in Philadelphia, PA in 1930. This video shows you how to make one at home and where to find the best Philly cheesesteak in the city of brotherly love. From Genos to Pats (and others), go to Philadelphia and get a Philly!

A Look at Viking Cruises

Viking operates a fleet of more than 60 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch.

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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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