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









Beyond Your Backyard - Chicago, IL

Get ready for fun! Chicago is home to a number of firsts including the invention of the Tootsie Roll, the world's first Ferris wheel and so much more. I'll explore neighborhoods and sample a Chicago-style hot dog!

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...

Vacation Merch - Time Luggage Tag

This is the perfect travel gift! Our TIME acrylic luggage tags come with a business card insert on the back where you can enter your contact information.  


Destination Spotlight - Aruba

Situated in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is a sun-kissed island paradise known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and a vibrant cultural tapestry. As part of the Dutch Caribbean...

Notes From The Road - It's Unusual

Look, we’ve all been there. A trip is coming up, you’ve got your itinerary, you’re getting excited about a new adventure and then…

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...

Escape the Tourist Trap: Europe's Best-Kept Secrets

As the travel industry had a banner year in 2023, some classic European destinations have found themselves inundated with...

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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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