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Beyond Your Backyard - Key West, Florida

"Fun in the Sun" is given a whole new meaning in this Beyond Your Backyard episode as Erik The Travel Guy takes you down to Mile Zero to set sail and get some step-by-step snorkel instruction.

Travel Tip - The Best Kept Secret Days to Book, Buy and Fly

Booking a flight can be an exhilarating experience, but it often comes with the daunting task of finding the best deal. Whether you're planning a vacation or a business trip, knowing the optimal time to book your flight can save you a significant amount of money.

Travel Tip - How To Become An Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficiency of air traffic in and around airports. It is a challenging and rewarding profession that requires a high level of skill, attention to detail, and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

Vacation Merchandise - United Airlines Travel Mug

This stainless travel-size tumbler is vacuum-insulated and built to last. It features vintage travel posters used by United Airlines to promote its destinations worldwide. It's perfect for showing off your style on the road, at the office, or in the countryside.

Travel Hack - Take The First Flight of the Day

There are several compelling reasons to consider taking an early morning flight. Firstly, early morning flights are generally less expensive than flights later in the day, so you may be able to save money on your airfare.

Destination Spotlight - Denver, CO

Let me take you on a journey to the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado, for a memorable vacation. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a thriving metropolis that boasts a stunning array of outdoor recreational opportunities, world-class museums, and a thriving culinary scene. 

Travel Tip - Make Sure Your Bag Comes Off First

Erik suggests 4 tips for checked luggage so you can be sure your bag comes off the carousel first!

Beyond Your Backyard - Winston-Salem, NC

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.

Travel Tip - 20 Tips for International Trips

As you know by now, I love exploring my home country of America. I believe we have one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. What you may not know is I equally love trotting the globe!

Destination Spotlight - Montreal, QC

Montreal is a culturally rich, vibrant Canadian city in the province of Quebec. It’s hip, cosmopolitan, and welcoming to visitors (the respectful ones, that is).

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.

Travel Hack - Boarding Time vs. Departure Time

This is a huge travel tip! Plan your air travel by the boarding time NOT the departure time! Do you know the difference? This video explains WHY this is the best air travel practice!

United Airlines - New Family First Seating

Flying with children has never been easy. You’ve got to carry more bags, deal with more interruptions, and suffer the annoyed glares from your fellow passengers when your toddler decides to throw a full volume fit at 35,000 feet.

Vacation Merchandise - Kids Busy Bags!

Keep your kids busy, engaged, happy and entertained during your flight with this Kids Busy Bag and Amenity Kit! Perfect for long car rides, flights or rainy days indoors!

Travel Tip - The Pros and Cons of the Frontier All-You-Can-Fly Summer Pass

Who doesn’t love a good airline deal? With fuel prices skyrocketing and flights getting canceled daily, the idea of an all-you-can-fly pass is incredibly enticing. That’s why, when we saw Frontier Airlines was offering a Summer Pass - their GoWild! All-You-Can-Fly Summer Pass, to be exact - we were highly intrigued. 

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?

Travel Hack - The Ultimate Guide to Economy Seats On Airplanes

This video describes what you need to know about basic economy and economy seating on an airplane including seat width, leg room and whether or not the airline offers WiFi and a seat back screen.

Travel Tip - Do I need TSA PreCheck?

Here’s your answer to why and - more importantly- why not to get TSA PreCheck. Four reasons to pull the trigger and three to stay undercover. Let’s go!

Travel Hack - How To Tag Your Bag

This travel hack video shows you step-by-step how to tag your luggage

This Is What I See When I Fly

From time to time, people ask me what I think about when I'm flying. The answer may surprise you. When I fly, I look out the window and see nothing but possibilities. This video attempts to demonstrate my point.

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