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









Travel Tip - What's Free In Boston

Boston, the historic gem of New England, is a city that effortlessly blends its rich history with a thriving contemporary culture. For budget-conscious travelers or locals looking for affordable entertainment, Boston offers an array of free activities that are both enjoyable and enriching.

Vacation Merchandise - Kids In-Flight Activity Kits

Parents, decrease the screen time by providing a convenient kids in-flight activity kit! We have three different kits to choose from with games, puzzles, coloring pages and so much more. 

Take our Scottsdale Arizona Quiz

How much do you know about Scottsdale, Arizona? Take our mini-quiz and see how you rank.

Beyond Your Backyard - Scottsdale, AZ

In this episode, I'm learning the difference between “the new west” and “the old west” in Scottsdale, Arizona. The show takes time to learn more about the breathtaking scenery, the influence of native Americans and the visual and performing arts. I soar high above the valley floor in a hot air balloon and dines with an owner/chef specializing in authentic southwestern cuisine.

Notes From The Road - The Ice Hotel

Greetings fellow travel lovers! Have you been to the Ice Hotel just outside Quebec City in Canada? It has been awhile since I have but it is an unforgettable experience. The Ice Hotel is only open from January to about mid-April, so now is the time to plan an escape!

Travel Hack- Selecting the Best Seats On The Plane

Discover the Ultimate Travel Hack: Your guide to a stress-free journey for two! In this video, learn the art of booking the perfect seats – window and aisle – leaving the middle seat vacant. Join us as we unveil the secret to extra space, scenic views, and hassle-free travel.

Travel Tip - Saving Money For Vacation

This is a topic I seem to be focused on quite a bit lately. It was widely reported this week that the cost of airline tickets have risen 25% in the last 12 months. That outpaces inflation. It is yet another example of how everything seems to be expensive right now. The good news is, that you can still save while you are away without sacrificing a tremendous loss of "vacation bliss."

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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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