RV or Hotel or What? Alaska by the numbers

It can be positively maddening, the search for vacation lodging options. Anywhere, never mind in Alaska.  Should you put your clan in a hotel room with two queen beds, or book a vacation rental, or what? And what’s with the RV thing, anyway? People tell you it’s a great way to see Alaska for the […]

JUST IN: Alaska Airlines Announces Elite Leave

This morning Alaska Airlines, the preferred air carrier for legions of flying families, announced an innovative program to help new parents preserve their valuable air miles and thus a sense of calm during the wild and wonderful adventure of raising kids.  In a statement from the company as the plan was released this morning, the […]

Alaska History Means Drilling For Tsunami Danger

by Erin Kirkland One June evening in 2011 our family had just settled in after a busy day exploring the beaches of Homer, Alaska. Ever been to Homer? It’s got a sandy beach near the “Old Town” section that we like to walk from our rental cottage and play on the driftwood or dig for treasures […]

6 Alaska Spring Activities With the Kids

by Erin Kirkland While spring arrived in Alaska with few of the bells and whistles of Lower 48 states (read: very cold temperatures and snow on the ground), 49th state families are nonetheless itching for warmer-season fun. Fortunately, weather be darned, activities are plentiful for kids, starting this weekend, so no matter whether March goes […]

It’s Almost Alaska Camping Season: What you need to do

by Erin Kirkland Getting excited for summer means plotting and planning a plethora of adventures, and for many Alaska families, that includes camping. Whether tent or RV, backpack or kayak, Alaska camping is an activity that can transport parents and kids to a happy place of nature appreciation and slow living outdoors.  In our house […]

Finding the Shape of Us: Family travel means new opportunities

If you’ve been a follower of AKontheGO for some time, you most likely are aware of the unique dynamics that make up our family. Like 1 in 200 babies born today, our oldest, MJ, lives life somewhat awkwardly on the autism spectrum (and a host of other issues). Our whole family does, actually, for autism […]

Wings For Autism Gives Anchorage Parents Comfort

The families arrived at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport late Saturday morning for their pre-flight check. Most were smiling, a few toted backpacks and stuffed animals, but all were ready and determined to see the day through, regardless of the perceived or actual challenges they might face. Welcome to Wings For Autism, a national initiative […]

Alaska Family Adventures for 2017: Plan now

It’s no secret in the travel industry that planning a family vacation takes time, lots and lots of time. Busy parents and grandparents may have more tools available in the form of web-based resources, but all this information can also be confusing. The Alaska market is strong and growing stronger, particularly within the realm of […]

Family Travel Should Fit Everyone

Travel: There are few other opportunities to embrace a family’s personal culture. Mom and dad, moms and moms, dads and dads, grandparents and grandkids going places together in a way that fits their own style. It’s one of the reasons I love writing about travel and kids and meeting as many families as possible while […]

New Guidebook Shows Off Anchorage Playgrounds

When Colleen Carlson gave birth to her son, James, she knew she wanted to spend as much time as possible exploring Alaska’s outdoor spaces with her little one. This former environmental educator, naturalist, and advocate for play was born and raised in Soldotna, and was familiar with the forests, lakes, rivers, and bays of Southcentral […]

Gifting Your Time This Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is you.” ~Mariah Carey The spectrum of giving during the holiday season is certainly broad. On one end there lies Christmas lists like my son’s with no fewer than seven NFL jerseys and a NERF gun; on the other, lists like my 85 year-old father that say “I don’t need […]