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Beyond Your Backyard - Long Beach, CA

Get ready for fun in the SoCal sun! This episode is all about what to do, see and eat in Long Beach, California!

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...

Notes From The Road - The Mask Returns

Look, with all of the information that has come out, I think any practical person realizes that masking up is, largely, a waste of time. I realize that may be a controversial...

Vacation Merchandise - Pan Am Hoodie

IT'S ANOTHER CHILLY DAY AND YOU ARE TEMPTED TO TURN UP THE HEAT...BUT THEN YOU REMEMBER YOU HAVE YOUR TRUSTY PAN AM SWEATSHIRT. HOW COZY YOU'LL BE ON THE COUCH, SIPPING WINE AND REMINISCING ABOUT THE GOLDEN DAYS OF THE JET AGE.

Pizza - A Slice of Americana

Did you know that February 9th has been designated as National Pizza Day? Pizza has become an integral part of the...

Notes From The Road - My Birthday

This time of year, a lot of us are catching up on our holiday bills and looking ahead to the new year with optimism. And for some, the idea of a vacation can seem out of reach due to the biggest factor...

Destination Spotlight - Cheyenne, WY

Nestled on the high plains of southeastern Wyoming, Cheyenne stands as the capital and largest city of the state, offering a blend of Western charm, rich history, and a welcoming...

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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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