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Vacation Merchandise - Smoky Mountains Itinerary

Download Erik the Travel Guy's curated three-day itinerary for The Great Smoky Mountains, and unlock a treasure trove of insider tips, hidden gems, and must-see attractions. Maximize your time, experience the best attractions in Gatlinburg, Pidgeon Forge and beyond!

Vacation Merch - Alaska Inside Passage Itinerary

DO NOT embark on a glorious inside passage cruise without the ETG Alaska Inside Passage Itinerary. Your Alaska vacation promises to be an unparalleled seven-day cruise experience, where every moment is meticulously crafted for your utmost enjoyment. 

Where to See Wildlife in the Wild!

It is critical to understand that it is possible to see wildlife while not DISTURBING the wildlife. And for purposes of this article, we are not discussing animals in captivity...

Destination Spotlight - 63 National Parks In One Video!

This gorgeous video, hosted by Erik the Travel Guy, features every National Park in the United States from Yellowstone to Yosemite, Acadia to Zion and every park in between.

Destination Spotlight - Indianapolis, Indiana

9:00 PM on Thursday, February 22

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis, Indiana, is a dynamic city known for its rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and world-class sports attractions...

Notes From The Road - No Shame In The Frugal Game

Look, I don’t enjoy thinking about money. I’d rather sign a bill at the end of a meal without ever knowing how much it costs then see the exorbitant amount I was just charged for...

Where To See Priceless Art

Art has always been a reflection of human creativity, culture, and history. Some pieces transcend their time and become invaluable treasures, sought after by...

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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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