Erik Trinidad is an award-winning freelance travel + food lifestyle journalist and video creator. With roots in backpacking, his decades-long passion for traveling the seven continents—and creating travel content—has led him to produce video and written content for National Geographic Travel, Fodor’s Travel, and Lonely Planet. He’s also scribed stories for many other outlets, including Adventure.com, AFAR, Artful Living, BBC Travel, Condé Nast Traveler, Cooking Channel, Discovery.com, Subaru’s Drive, Epicurious, Fatherly, Fathom, Glamping.com, HI USA, MTA Away, N by Norwegian, JetBlue’s Out of the Blue, Saveur, Tasting Table, Thrillist Travel, TravelAge West, Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, The Vintner Project, and Your AAA. (Click any of those outlets to link out to his work there.) Recently, he’s also been a guest travel correspondent for The Weather Channel.
Independently, he’s combined the multitude of his talents to create, write, produce, shoot, host, edit, and motion design two travel web series. Working with gear brands, he created “Car Glamping,” a how-to on elevated car camping, featured in his piece for Newsweek. “Plausibly Ridiculous” is his award-winning, offbeat web show in which travel meets science, asking “questions about the world you didn’t even know you had.” Some episodes have been featured online by National Geographic, and on the Discovery Science Channel’s video round-up television show, Outrageous Acts of Science. Additionally, several of his offbeat, quickly-edited 60-second travel videos have appeared on the nationally-syndicated viral video round-up TV show, Right This Minute.
From 2009–2012, Erik created the award-winning food humor blog, “Fancy Fast Food,” in which he meticulously transformed fast food items into haute cuisine-looking meals—without adding outside ingredients—inadvertently spearheading a trend that’s endured on social media since. Ultimately, this acclaimed, original blog was retired, but developed into the satirical cookbook that he authored, Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended. As a result, his culinary intuition and irreverent food stylings made him an authority in the space, which led to a collaboration video with NASA, and TV appearances on morning shows, ABC News’ Nightline, Cooking Channel’s Food(ography), Rachael Ray, and the Emmy Award-winning Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel (three segments in season 4, episode 7 of the former docuseries, now on Disney+ ).
Outside of producing travel or food content, Erik’s talents as a motion graphics designer and video editor have contributed to three Times Square billboards, on-air promos for Al Jazeera America, and countless advertising campaigns for ad agencies, with clients that have included Levi’s, Apple, Nintendo, Kraft, and American Express.
Please email all inquiries to Erik.Trinidad@gmail.com.
Can the Heat of a Volcano Be Used to Power Holiday Lights? (video)
Plausibly Ridiculous (with National Geographic)
Is Car Glamping the More Accessible Alternative to Van Life?
Newsweek (with an excerpt from Car Glamping‘s first episode)