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Notes From The Road - The Long Haul

Whew! I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Louisiana and I had so much fun! I absolutely will be writing on that subject in the coming weeks. In the meantime, this week I wrote a travel article about how to survive a long-haul flight. And while doing so it reminded me that low-cost carriers have entered the long-haul game and I think it's worth a cautionary note.

Travel Tip - How To Survive A Long Haul Flight

As far as I can tell, a long-haul flight is one of many steps to exploring a part of the world that is different from your own. How exciting! This means you’ll be on an airplane for a while.

Vacation Merchandise - Pan Am Collection

If you love this iconic airline as much as I do, then you need to check out this unique collection of Pan Am items!

Vacation - The New Perfume

Sometimes, travel can be funny! Watch this short commercial for a new perfume! 

Beyond Your Backyard - Cozumel

Come with me to the Mexican island destination of Cozumel to learn more about Mayan Culture, through the food and the archaeology. We'll spend time with a spiritual guru who teaches ancient history through deep breathing and self-discovery. We'll also dine on delicious Mayan delicacies and learn how to scuba dive!

Notes From The Road - Hello Fall

Greetings fellow travel lovers! I hope your Summer was as enchanting and rewarding as mine was. If you are a parent, then this time of year is a little “calm before the storm”. The school schedules...

Travel Tip - A Beginner's Guide to River Cruising

River cruising has emerged as a captivating way to traverse the world's most enchanting waterways, providing travelers with a unique blend of luxury, relaxation, and cultural exploration.

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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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