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Notes From The Road - Spring Break

Greetings fellow fun-seekers! As someone who loves exploring new destinations, I can't emphasize enough how important it is to book your spring break travel plans as early as possible. Why?

Travel Tip - Get A U.S. Passport NOW

Even if you have no immediate plans for international travel, apply for a U.S. passport today. The wait times to receive it can be long. 

Destination Spotlight - Daytona Beach, FL

In light of the Daytona 500 on February 19th, I thought you might want to learn more about this iconic Florida beach paradise. 

Beyond Your Backyard - Washington DC

Washington, DC is a true “company town” and that company is the federal government. Erik tours the monuments, learns why DC is a district and not a US state, and gets in the kitchen with a chef who shows us his own brand of soul food!

Vacation Merchandise - Washington, DC Itinerary

Unlock the ultimate Washington, D.C. adventure with Erik the Travel Guy's meticulously crafted three-day itinerary! Immerse yourself in the heart of the nation's capital, with expertly chosen accommodations ensuring a comfortable stay. Dive into history and culture, exploring iconic landmarks and hidden gems, while indulging in culinary delights at renowned restaurants.

Travel to Canada & New England!

Join Alistair Begg this September for a wonderful voyage along the coastlines of Canada and New England. Enjoy spiritual refreshment and renewal as you engage in times of worship, learning, and fellowship together.

Register now for the Deeper Faith Canada & New England Cruise

Vacation Merchandise - Western Caribbean Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a seamless and unforgettable Western Caribbean adventure with Erik the Travel Guy's meticulously curated cruise itinerary. Erik's expertise guides you through every step, from selecting the perfect ship to navigating the enchanting ports of call.

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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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