Erik "The Travel Guy" Hastings has won 2 Emmy Awards and was recently in Minnesota to film a segment on Bemidji.

For his nationally syndicated Emmy Award-winning travel program “Beyond Your Backyard,” Erik “The Travel Guy” Hastings often goes off the beaten track. His travels brought him to Bemidji last week to record an episode of his program, which is seen on public television, the CREATE network and Amazon Prime. Hastings spoke with KMRS on the Community Connection program and urged everyone to get out and explore areas other than your own community.

“I’ll tell you, one of the biggest things I’ve learned in my travels is that there’s a lot more similarities in people than there are differences,” said Hastings.

Hastings said the first step in beginning to explore is to get a passport. With a passport, he said you are more likely to use it. He expected the Bemidji episode of “Beyond Your Backyard” to air sometime in the fall.

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