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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...

Vacation Merch - Mickey Mouse Tee

The perfect travel tee! This vacation tee shirt shows the world your admiration of Mickey Mouse. The unisex heavy cotton tee is the basic staple of any wardrobe. It is the foundation upon which casual fashion grows. All it needs is a personalized design to elevate things to profitability. The specially spun fibers provide a smooth surface for premium printing vividity and sharpness. No side seams mean there are no itchy interruptions under the arms. The shoulders have tape for improved durability.

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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.  

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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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