When I was a kid, I used to take the annual AAA membership sticker and slap it on my bicycle, liking the way the silver and red glimmered on my Huffy banana-seat. I didn’t really know what the “auto club” did, but that shiny AAA sticker was like a magnet of coolness in the neighborhood. Five or six years later, when I sat eagerly through the first day of driver’s ed, eager to get behind the wheel, AAA was there again, with handouts, statistics, and a manual of operations for every teen who ever wished to operate a motor vehicle. Now, as a parent and a frequent traveler, AAA is an integral part of getting anywhere, be it across the state or around the world.
AKontheGO and AAA Alaska/Mountain West have jumped into 2015 with an exciting partnership, one that will both encourage hesitant Alaskans to explore their home state, and excite those who want to stretch their boundaries a bit further with unique adventures, amazing destinations, and confidence in their own travel smarts.
Since 1902, AAA has been the trusted source of information and assistance for travelers, be it on the road, in the air, or even aboard a boat. Not just a travel agency, however, AAA is an integral part of education, too. Did you know the School Safety Patrol program was initiated by AAA back in 1920, and that driver’s ed class you took in high school was pioneered by the auto club to prepare young people for the privilege of getting behind the wheel?
Alaskans face travel challenges, minor and major, every day. From winter road trip assistance to securing vacation lodging and locating rental cars, AAA Alaska is a valuable part of many residents’ planning. But there’s more, much more, and we’ve teamed up to make sure every Alaskan, and Alaska visitor, knows just how much the organization can do.
Look for blog posts, events, educational opportunities, and trip logs throughout 2015. Watch AKontheGO prepare for an international trip, see me attempt to change a tire, and learn which membership level might be right for your traveling family.
Together, AAA Alaska and AKontheGO want to have your back. I’m excited and honored to be teaming up with an organization that has had mine for so many years.