Who are we? AKontheGO is the only website dedicated to Alaska family travel. Launched in 2009, AKontheGO is published by Erin Kirkland, an Alaska author, journalist, and mother of two based in Anchorage.
What makes us special?
We’re not just about the mechanics of traveling with kids: AKontheGO tells the unique story of Alaska destinations through cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities appropriate for youngsters. Join the Kirkland family, “AK Mom, Dad, and Kid” and now, a growing team of correspondents, as they hike, drive, cycle, float, and fly the 49th state in search of meaningful (and fun) Alaska experiences. It’s our mission, and we are committed to sharing it with readers.
Meet the team!
AKontheGO is locally-owned by a professional writer; that means relevant and timely content. Erin Kirkland is author of the guidebook, Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children, published by University of Alaska Press and available now in bookstores, online, and via the AKontheGO website.
Erin has served as a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine and cohost of the Alaska Travelgram Radio Show. She also serves in a guest host capacity for Outdoor Explorer, heard on KSKA 91.1, and KTVA Channel 11’s Daybreak program. Her newest adventure is tackling the position of managing editor of a global online publication titled Outdoor Families Magazine, dedicated to bringing nature and children together.
Bryan Bearss is an Anchorage educator, outdoor programming professional, and Iditarod finisher. Bryan comes to AKontheGO after years of providing outdoor recreation and education experiences for children and adults. Originally from Grayling, Michigan, Bryan’s love of sled dogs, Alaska, and the great outside led him to Anchorage, where he now teaches first grade. Many AKontheGO readers may remember “Musher Bryan” from Iditarod 2015, where he and his team experienced harrowing conditions documented by AKontheGO. Bryan will be overseeing the popular Kids Corner section of the AKontheGO website, and is always looking for topics of interest for young readers.
Mariah Brashar was born in Fairbanks and grew up in the community of Big Lake. She loves hunting, fishing, skiing, and anything she can do with her four dogs. After high school she traveled around the United States and world looking for a place as amazing as home; she didn’t find one. Mariah has a journalism background and experience within the radio scene, and will be helping out with AKontheGO’s social media channels and event programming, and jumping on the blog when she finds a particularly awesome experience to share.
Steve SueWing lives in Juneau and is one witty Alaska Dad. He arrived in the 49th state in 1999 after completing a degree at Western Washington University Bellingham, WA. After one winter away he was ready to call Alaska home. Steve is passionate about connecting with people around the world, being a contributing member of society, and all travel and adventures – big and small. Fatherhood has been Steve’s biggest adventure thus far, however. Steve and his partner, Susan, have two boys, a dog, and two cats. Steve will be covering events and activities in Southeast Alaska for AKontheGO.
Want to write for us? AKontheGO is always searching for quality content that tells the story of Alaska adventures with kids. Whether you’re the parent of a toddler or a teen, or have experience in the realm of family travel, there is a place for you. Posts are paid at a variable rate depending upon writing experience. Email publisher Erin Kirkland at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why trust AKontheGO?
AKontheGO and Erin Kirkland are involved in the Alaska community, working to encourage recreation for families of all ages, economic backgrounds, or abilities. Some affiliations have included:
- Alaska Museum of Science and Nature
- Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center
- Get Outdoors, Alaska
- Big Wild Life Runs Kids’ 2K
- Ski 4 Kids
- Make-A-Wish Foundation Alaska and Washington
Erin Kirkland is an Alaska Chapter member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Read what others say about AKontheGO.com
“Erin and AKontheGO are our go-to resources for all things family travel. From helping our company develop family-friendly tours to thoughtful articles showcasing Alaska’s awesome activities, we recommend AKontheGO for anyone thinking about visiting Alaska with kids.”
– Candice McDonald, owner, Salmon Berry Tours
“When you’re born and raised in Alaska…the trails, hikes, and weather aren’t too intimidating. What is intimidating is figuring out how to do it with a toddler in tow. AKontheGO has helped me figure out how to get my outdoor fix while keeping it child-friendly. It’s a great resource for parents with kids of all ages.”
– Heather, Anchorage mother and lifelong Alaskan
Download and print a quick list of outdoor activities and resources:
Outdoors and On the Go