2019 was a banner year for us here at Erik the Travel Guy and Beyond Your Backyard and 2020 is going to be even better. I can share a few details about the next 12 months, but before I do, I’d like to share a quick thought about 2019.
First and foremost, our success from the last year would not have been possible without the talent and dedication of a really dedicated team. Harry, Kevin, Sal, Erin, Randy, Neil, Rob, Jacob, Brad, Sarah, Drew, Addison, Delaney, Jeff and Philippe, Jeff are a few of the folks who share their love of travel and the art of creating meaningful and honest content with you. The amazing team at Blue Ridge PBS (Will and Sherry among others), NETA, The Create channel, TVI and Amazon Prime have done their part to help make our travel dreams into reality and I am eternally grateful for their participation.
Last year, we released a new season of Beyond Your Backyard, produced hundreds of short form videos and travel tips; a monumental achievement considering we are working with pretty insignificant funding. We picked up two Emmys for our first season of episodes and made our first appearance on the nationally syndicated television series Dr. Oz.
In 2020, we will officially launch our monthly newsletter. You can become an “Erik Insider” by subscribing here. We will launch a new season of beyond Your backyard on public broadcasting stations (PBS), The Create channel and our other online distribution platforms. We have also begun production on a second series for distribution (more on that later) and we’ll release a new podcast this year.
Our broadcast underwriters and our online sponsors have been and will continue to be a vital piece of our success. And that’s where you can help. Please watch our videos on EriktheTravelGuy.com and be sure to “like” them, share them and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Please click on the banner ads of our sponsors, every click helps directly support our activities. And of course, book those vacations with our partners (Priceline.com, Hotels.com and others) to also support our efforts.
2020 will be what you make it. We are committed to helping demonstrate that their is so much more that brings us together than divides us. We’ll share with you the art of sharing through experiences and on behalf of all of us, we thank you for your support!
About The Author
Erik Hastings, a.k.a. Erik the Travel Guy is an EMMY award-winning television personality who is rapidly emerging as “America’s Travel Expert”. He is the host and managing editor of the internationally syndicated television series "Beyond Your Backyard" for public broadcasting stations (PBS) and other networks/VOD platforms. Erik leads an incredibly talented team of industry pros as the driving force of his platform. Erik understands and believes travel makes the world a better place and the industry directly supports millions of families all over the world. He wants his viewers to experience the potentially life-changing positive power of travel.
I am on a mission to get you traveling more often. As the host of the Emmy award- winning, nationally syndicated television television for PBS and the Create channel, "Beyond Your Backyard," I travel (on average) 25 weeks per year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet cool people, experience new places, eat delicious food and work with the best production crew in the world. Hopefully, through this blog, you will join me on my travels and be reminded just how exciting it is to be alive!