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The Best Travel Podcast Ever

The Best Travel Podcast Ever

By Erik Hastings
Let’s make planning your next great vacation fun! Each episode, Erik Hastings aka Erik the Travel Guy whisks you away to exotic locales, unlocks secrets and demystifies the entire vacation planning (and taking) vacation process. This is your VIP ticket to lively fun with travel newsmakers, in-depth discussions and insightful tips to help you get the most out of your next great escape. Each episode, you’ll learn where to go, what to do and how to successfully “vacation like a pro”. Oh, and we'll have fun along the way.

PLEASE NOTE: Some material presented is of the comedic ilk. Be advised.
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When To Buy Trip Insurance
In this episode, Meghan Walch from gives insider information on how, when and why to buy travel insurance. 
October 08, 2021
Travel Is As Easy as 1,2,3
The foundation for any future vacation starts in YOUR mind. I'll show you how to actualize your travel dream in three easy-to-follow steps. If you are returning, then you can skip the monologue (which is about 11 minutes). If you're new here, then the monologue is an excellent introduction to the "Erik the Travel Guy Travelverse".  
August 03, 2021
Know Your Rights As An Airline Passenger
In this episode I chat one on one with Charles Leocha who is the President and Co-Founder of Travelers United. Based in Washington, DC, they work tirelessly with the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Congress, other travel regulators, and travel stakeholders, Travelers United testifies regularly before Senate and House committees and discusses consumer issues with travel associations that represent all modes of travel. Government, travel providers, consumers, and travel agents all form a web of travel rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are not set arbitrarily but are created through a deliberative process — a process where Travelers United provides a strong consumer voice. In 2009, Mr. Leocha co-founded Travelers United, authored the book Travel Rights, and has appeared on hundreds of radio stations and TV programs representing consumer interests. He was the first consumer appointed to the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections and served in that position for six years.
July 28, 2021
Being Bored and The Kids & The Greenbrier
In this podcast episode, I discuss the importance of “valuing travel”, boredom vigilance and taking the kids for an extended weekend to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. More information about The Greenbrier can be found at
July 22, 2021
Erik Introduces A New Reporter - Mandy Cooney
Mandy shares insight into one of the most profound products on the market today. 
June 29, 2021
Carnival Adds Two New Ships!
After the arrival of Carnival Mardi Gras, Carnival today (June 23, 2021) announced they would be adding two new ships to their fleet to set sail by 2023.   In this podcast episode I interview my good friend Vance Gulliksen about the state of the industry in a post pandemic travel world.
June 23, 2021
Tips from Laura Our Trusted Travel Advisor
Do you have a travel advisor? You should! Laura is my dear friend who specialized in upscale vacations all over the world. 
June 16, 2021
Departure Time vs. Boarding Time AND The Erik PATH!
In this heart pounding edition of the Best Travel Podcast EVER, I discuss airplane etiquette and how to know WHEN to show up for a flight. In addition, I settle an age old itinerary planning debate: on the beaten path vs. off. It's a good one! 
June 15, 2021
Peacock Pandemonium
Los Angeles county is dealing with an exploding population of peacocks! We have a live report from Roger Lewis. In addition, you can do your part by reminding residents not to feed the peafowls by wearing this snazzy T Shirt!
June 09, 2021
Trans National Airways Interview
The Best Travel Podcast EVER is all guessed it, travel. In this episode, Erik interviews the founder of America's newest airline Trans National Airways! They are bringing "classy" back to the skies.  
June 06, 2021
Exclusive Interview - The Boeing 737 Max 8 Returns To Service
On December 29, 2020 the Boeing 737 Max 8 returned to commercial service after a 20 month grounding by the FAA.  Jim Carter joins me (after he just flew on the aircraft) to talk safety and American Airlines. 
December 30, 2020
The Truth About Vaccine Passports
If you are planning on vacationing in 2021, then you need to know about "Vaccine Passports" and what may be required of you and your loved ones. To fly on a commercial aircraft, to gain entry into a specific country, take a cruise or perhaps even stay in certain hotels, you may need to prove your immunity. 
December 28, 2020
New Strain of Coronavirus in the UK
In this episode, I share the details of the new coronavirus strain in the UK and what it means to your future travel plans. 
December 23, 2020
Travel Planning for 2021
In this episode, Erik and Jason discuss how to plan for travel in 2021. They cover how the travel industry and the people who work in it have been devastated. But, by planning now, you can save money on your planned 2021 trips!
December 16, 2020
Winter in NYC and COVID 19 Travel
Travel Truth and Other Confessions is a new podcast hosted by EMMY award-winning television personality Erik Hastings (Erik the Travel Guy). In this premiere episode, Erik and his co host Jason Zumwalt give money-saving tips on visiting NYC in the winter, travel gift ideas, how to travel during COVID-19 and other travel hacks & information. It's fun, it's positive and worth a listen!
December 09, 2020
Travel Truth & Other Confessions Official Trailer
The only travel podcast you'll ever need! Get ready to be whisked away to far off places, learn insider tips and so much more. Erik the Travel Guy is your personal guide to the world! 
November 27, 2020