Ski Washington With Your Kids

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on November 7, 2017. Alaskans have an interesting relationship with Washington state. Even though the two states are separated by some 1,450 miles of real estate, Washington is often viewed as Alaska’s cosmopolitan cousin, a place for shopping, airport layovers and the occasional football or baseball […]

HoloHolo Adventures: See the Big Island your way

As AKontheGO works toward a future of tropical family travel adventures to compliment our Alaskan style, Hawai’i is a natural step. The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, and the most diverse, with about 15 of the world’s ecosystems right here within the scope of its 4,028 square miles (as a side […]

Find Your Aloha: Hawaii on a budget

Winter is prime time for many Alaska families to pack the flip-flops, shorts, and tees and fly to the Islands of Hawaii. AKontheGO contributor Danielle Benson did just that with her three kids, and found many budget-friendly options that pleased her tweenage crew.  by Danielle Benson I’ve long dreamed of the day my kids would […]

Camping in America: The KOA mission and vision carries on

KOA provided AKontheGO with several nights of accommodations during our recent Iowa to Alaska road trip. Below is a synopsis of the company, its history, and mission to inspire more families to spend time outside.  Nestled deep in the fabric of American culture, the concept of camping outdoors is as much about United States history […]

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch: A desert view of springtime

Clutching the detailed driving directions from the highway, I squinted at the dusty road ahead and poked my husband’s arm. “There, do you see it? That’s Doc Holliday Road. Turn here.” We had turned, and turned, and turned again along a series of soft, sandy roads on our way to Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, 40 […]

Outdoor Families Magazine Turns One and I Want You to Win

For those familiar with the birth and ultimate success of AKontheGO, and of my penchant for trying to do a million things at once just because they sound like a good idea at the time, you may not have been surprised last January when I announced a new project aimed at helping families enjoy the […]

Alaska to Costa Rica: One family’s adventure

AKontheGO note: When Anchorage writer Gina Romero told me she was planning on taking her family to Costa Rica just before Christmas, I swooned and told her she simply must give me the skinny on this warm, tropical, and friendly Central America destination. Traveling with their son and daughter, Romero and her husband found plenty […]

Iowa to Alaska 2016: The planning continues

A very merry Boxing Day, AKontheGO readers! We hear it’s snowing back home in Alaska, even as AK Fam enjoys a bit of green in beautiful-but-extremely-rainy Portland, Oregon. Rainy, but brighter than Alaska, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and going down around 5:30 p.m. What a concept, this light, and we’re enjoying the […]

AAA and Disney: Far more than rental cars and hotels

[This post is written on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor business AAA Alaska.] In 1979, my parents announced that my brother, sister, and I were “old enough” to take a family vacation to the original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. At 11, 10, and eight, apparently the three of us had reached a state of travel maturity […]

UnCruise Hawai’i with AKontheGO

The family travel and tourism industry thrives when businesses collaborate and create partnerships to not only expand their products or offerings, but the overall experience of young visitors to a particular destination. It takes work, though, to nurture these partnerships and effort to implement a vision, and not every business is willing to go so […]

Gratitude: A Thanksgiving message about Dawn’s Day in the Wildlife

My favorite Alaska author and writing cohort Heather Lende said it perfectly this morning in her Alaska Dispatch News column. “Here’s something I learned…Gratitude. Which is different than giving thanks. Gratitude comes from knowing that the story could have ended differently, and that it often does.” It’s been more than two months since I spent […]