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Beyond Your Backyard - Muskogee, OK

On this edition of Beyond Your Backyard, I find out why so many people are “Proud to be an Okie from Muskogee.” The crew and I travel to this quaint Oklahoma town to learn about the history of the Girl Scouts, the Trail of Tears and the local country music connection.

Erik's Top Car Rental Tips

We’ve all been there. We arrive at our destination, we get our bags (unless you’ve paid attention and only brought carry-on luggage), and you trudge your way over to the Rental Car Center.

Beyond Your Backyard - PA's Great Outdoors Region

A return visit to this region of Pennsylvania proves to be even more fun for the whole family! I'll show you more about the French and Indian war, discovers a wild Elk herd and so much more. I'll also explores Cook Forest State Park, get behind the gears of a missive piece of machinery and sample delicious rustic cuisine. 

Beyond Your Backyard - Yosemite Lake Tahoe

Get ready to explore a gorgeous part of the United States! Erik and the crew start at Lake Tahoe and work their way south to Yosemite National Park. Outdoor recreation and panning for gold are part of the fun!

Beyond Your Backyard - Chicago

Get ready for fun! Chicago is home to a number of firsts including the invention of The Tootsie Roll, the world's first Ferris wheel and so much more. I'll explore neighborhoods and sample a Chicago style hot dog!

Top Travel Hacks for 2023

Travel Hacks are my speciality! Hotels, resorts, airlines and cruises all have secrets and if you know the answers...you too can save big money!

Beyond Your Backyard Episode: St. Augustine, FL

Lather on the SPF 50 and join Erik in this episode of Beyond Your Backyard as he heads down to Florida’s Historic Coast! Erik visits a centuries old military fort and has coffee with the town’s most famous Gilded Age millionaire. He takes years off his life by drinking from the Fountain of Youth, enjoys an amazing, hands-on dining experience, and even tries his luck on one of the most iconic holes in golf, Hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass.

Travel Tip: Respect The Travel Day

Vacation thrill seeker, beware! The travel days are to be respected. 

Beyond Your Backyard - Currituck, The Outer Banks

The crew and I explore the northern end of this legendary and popular destination on North Carolina’s Atlantic coast. Join me in one of the few places in the United States where wild horses still run free! I'll discovers how a beach vibe, tide and some historic lighthouses shaped this unique destination. All that, and plenty of fun and fresh seafood for all in a destination unlike any other.

My Top 10 Reason To Book A Caribbean Vacation

Hunker down because these are my top 10 reasons to book an amazing Caribbean vacation immediately! 

Online Travel Agencies Explained

Booking travel online is easy and sometimes cost-effective. But buyer beware! This video explains the online travel landscape.

I Love To Drive To Vacations

We all have different situations. Mine? I am fortunate in that I get to work from home when I am not filming my travel television series.  

Travel Hack - What's Free in DC

You have to watch this video to save money on your next trip to Washington, DC! You'll see 10+ things to do and see to add to your itinerary.

Explore Mackinac Island, Michigan

HUGE savings when you book your vacation to visit this charming town in Michigan! 

They Want To Take Away Our Airline Miles

If you’ve ever booked a trip using your credit card rewards then you know how, well… rewarding that feels! You’ve spent, you’ve earned, you’ve accumulated and now it’s time for you to reap the benefits from your strategic purchase making. Whether it’s flights, hotel rooms, meals or other deals you deserve those rewards, miles or points - whatever you prefer calling them. 

Beyond Your Backyard Episode: Winston/Salem

Join Erik as he gets a history lesson about the Moravian culture of Old Salem. Prepare to be entertained as he challenges a professional baker to a cookie-making race at Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookies, and fine tune your senses as he experiences the grandeur of The Reynolda House Museum of American Art. He’ll also dig into some delicious and award winning southern cuisine at his visit to Sweet Potatoes Restaurant.

The FAA Wants To Hear From You

For the first time since its creation in 1958 the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is possibly considering regulating the size of your seat.

5 Tips to Stretch Your Summer Travel Budget

Many travel experts are predicting a surge in travel this summer.  While popular destinations are welcoming visitors, the uptick in traffic plus higher prices may translate into more expensive travel.

If you’re planning a trip this summer, learn how to incorporate some smart spending strategies with these tips.

Explore the United States!

National parks, small towns, big cities, beaches, forests, desserts, this country is big and diverse! Get out there and explore! 

Beating the 2022 Vacation Woes

This may just be the most important travel crossroads you’ll come upon. Allow me to elaborate. It’s July 2022 and a few key roadblocks are in our vacation path (so to speak). Let’s review…COVID 19, supply chain issues, bigger bill at the supermarket, the war in Ukraine, staffing shortages, high inflation, canceled flights, monkeypox, peak summer travel demand, the kids are out of school (and bored) and, to top it off, topping off the gas tank requires a new mortgage on your home with a 23% percent APR!

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