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Erik's Note - Curacao

Did I mention I just returned from Curaçao? Did I mention I loved it? Consider yourself on notice…Curaçao is fantastic.

Erik's Note - April's Doorstep

Greetings! What? We are at April’s doorstep? Where does the time go? Now is the perfect time to review the status of your 2023 vacation calendar. 

Make A Rain Plan

The first day of spring 2023 is upon us and boy am I excited! The spring showers bring beautiful flowers! As I write this note, I am making my way down to Curacao to make an exciting episode of Beyond Your Backyard.

Take Care of the Kids!

Howdy from your favorite travel guinea pig! This week, we have a family theme throughout the offering and this theme brings up a few good points whether or not you have children. Keep reading.

Spring Break Reminder

Greetings fellow travel enthusiasts! The Spring Break travel season is upon us so if you’re planning on being away…then please be on your best behavior. 

Legacy vs. Budget Airlines

What a week this is going to be! What a week to be alive! Wow! I may have had too much coffee. Nevertheless, Mike D. from Rochester, NY wrote me a short email asking me to explain the difference between United Airlines and Spirit Airlines. No problem…where do I begin?

All Inclusive vs. Cruise

Greetings fellow vacation enthusiasts! We have a lot to cover as this is a busy week! One of the questions I get asked quite a bit is “which do you prefer, an all inclusive resort or a cruise?” This is such a loaded question because I love both.

Trip Planning Reminder

Welcome to February! This week, I’d like to mention a word on the timing of your vacation planning. If you have school-age children, then by now your Spring Break plans should be solidified. 

The World Is Big

The world is a very big place. I can’t help but note that every time I fly in an airplane. And while some might be intimidated by earth's girth, I am inspired by it.

Financial Vacation Advice

January is fast-coming to a close and February is on the horizon. How are your vacation plans coming along? If you are wondering whether or not your budget will accommodate an added vacation expense then I have a thought.

Consider A Cruise!

Greetings my fellow vacation thrill-seekers! I am in a fantastic mood as I write this. Of course, I am in between shuttling my children around this afternoon, but I am THINKING about whisking away to feel the warm embrace of the golden Caribbean sun!

The Travel Calendar

It is critical that if you want to travel this year, you start right now with a little planning. Believe me, time is already running out!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my travel BFF’s. Wow! What a year it has been but I am even more excited about what is just over the horizon. 

The End Is Near

We are in the final Christmas stretch (for those who celebrate) and it is getting exciting. My comfy pants are already a little tight just thinking about the Chex Mix...

Travel Hack - What Is A CVB

My name is Erik Hastings and at this point, I am out of Elf On A Shelf ideas. Alas, Christmas is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. The good news is, other people have come up with lots of Elf ideas, the inspirational hacks were just a web browser search away! Speaking of, did you know...

What Is Peak Season?

Greetings my fellow vacation thrill seekers! The Christmas season always brings me joy! I love buying presents for my children, I love decorating the house and I love seeing their faces as they unwrap each gift. But seasonality got me thinking about the “visitor seasons” of every place in the world. 

We Made It Through Thanksgiving

For those of you that survived Black Friday, congratulations and welcome to the home stretch of 2022. Hopefully you had an amazing Thanksgiving as I did.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! The treatment our ancestors gave the indigenous people of this land (The United States) was almost unforgivable. But, regardless of where you stand on this issue, I believe it's important to get educated on the matter.

Grocery Store Vacation Inspiration

Need Travel Inspiration? Head to the Grocery Store! That’s right, your local supermarket is full of fantastic food inspired by or imported from every corner of the globe.

Look Now For Deals

This time of year, we often lose our attention on vacation. It’s certainly easy to. My children are still young enough to go trick or treating which means we have an influx of sugary candy lingering about. 

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