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 […]

Un-Cruise Adventures Opens Our Eyes to Mexico

Rugged, windswept, alive. Those are just a few descriptors uttered this week while gazing upon wild landscapes of Baja California, a nearly 800-mile peninsula of land jutting out from mainland Mexico. With Un-Cruise Adventures as our trusted guide, my family and I were able to scramble precipitious hillsides, paddle blue water, and immerse ourselves in […]

Traveling With Another Family – Win, Win?

As a child, few vacations held such appeal for fun than those embarked upon with another family. Ready-made playmates besides my brother and sister, campfires, canoe excursions, and the absolute sparkling gem; riding in someone else’s car for a few hours while caravaning across the Pacific Northwest. We woke up each morning to toast and […]

Family-Friendly Oregon, the AKontheGO Way

Precious, that’s what it is. Retracing highway miles and steps walked by AK Dad and me, years and years ago. After too many summers of saying “I wish we could…” we finally are. Beginning in our favorite Pacific Northwest city of Portland, and looping south, east, north, then west, AKontheGO is taking our youngest traveler […]

Washington’s Olympic National Park: Alaska south for our family

It’s been 10 years since AK Dad and I left the Olympic Peninsula town of Port Angeles for our next chapter of Life, Unscripted; but every time I return to this lush, green haven of outdoor recreation I am reminded of why I love it so. Thanks to jetBlue and their new service to Seattle […]

Alaska Airlines Weekly Club 49 Deals to San Diego!

Well, how handy is that? Alaska Airlines sends me a lovely email today (Travel Tuesday, in fact) with some pretty fine deals to our favorite southern California city of San Diego. Woe that we just got back. How good are the deals? Check ’em out, HERE, and notice that the fares are, as always, hot, […]

*EXTRA*: Jet Blue Begins Anchorage-Seattle Service in 2013!

Alaskans asked, and New York-based JetBlue Airways responded: Beginning Thursday, May 16, 2013, JetBlue will begin daily nonstop service between Anchorage and Seattle. Family travel to and from Alaska couldn’t get any easier, folks, as JetBlue’s signature service rivals that of our other  major air carrier, Alaska Airlines, leaving plenty of room for speculation over […]