Tweens crave adventure, independence, and the chance to accomplish things. Even if they don't tell you.

Traveling Alaska With Tweens: We’re almost there

In two weeks, AKontheGO will be entering a new phase of Alaska family travel. A journey that started with a wiggling bundle of toddler energy has now transitioned onto a different path, albeit a very exciting one, with enough twists, peaks, and valleys to both energize and frustrate us. It’s time to travel with a […]

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Alaska National Parks Junior Ranger Program: Helping kids get up and go

Note: There is nothing quite like exploring a national park, but exploring an Alaska national park brings adventure to a whole new level. We love our National Park Service, love what they represent, and for who. Below is my latest post for US-Parks.com, explaining the details behind the NPS’ popular Junior Ranger program. Between the […]

An autumn stroll through the Alaska Botanical Garden is just what you need, isn't it?

Autumn in Alaska: Destinations for the whole family

It’s different now, in the morning. Stumbling across the front porch to collect my daily newspaper is a little more complicated these days, thanks to the lack of daylight. A little cooler, too. Fall is here. Subtle, for sure, but Alaskans notice. We see the pale green-almost-yellow shade of birch and cottonwood trees above our […]

Floatplanes from Rust's Flying Service line up in anticipation of passengers at Lake Hood.

Flying Alaska: Great places to connect kids and planes

Flying is so much a part of Alaska folklore that one can hardly visit and not be caught up in the legends and individuals who blazed a trail across the skies in the name of Last Frontier transportation and industry. While flying in a commercial sense today means merely boarding a glorified bus and jetting […]

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A Big, Blue Opportunity for Family Travel

This would be a great day to read a book of poetry. It is National Poetry Month, and we did just give away a copy of Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast, thanks to Sasquatch Books in Seattle. It is also snowing in Anchorage, big, white, fluffy flakes so full of water it’s a […]

Kids in Nature cruises are great ways to connect children to their natural world. Join me?

Un-Cruise Adventures and AKontheGO Team Up for “Kids in Nature”

This is a BIG announcement. I mean, really, really big. Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly Inner Sea Discoveries) has invited ME to serve as on-board Guest Host of their Discoverer’s Glacier Country cruise June 16-21, 2013! Moi! I’m excited about this for a number of reasons. 1. It means Un-Cruise Adventures gets this whole family-adventure-travel thing, knowing […]

Alaska’s Winter Festivals Great for Families

Mid-winter has arrived in Alaska, and though this time of year typically sends a rush of residents to Hawaii or Mexico, it also marks the beginning of winter festival season. The fun starts this weekend in Anchorage and migrates north toward Fairbanks, and even those who don’t like cold can’t argue with the beauty of […]

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Family Travel Trouble: Salvaging your vacation

I love arranging vacations almost as much as actually going on vacations. Months in advance, I haul out maps and guidebooks and start plotting a schedule of fun, and I know I’m not alone. Today’s travelers are savvy, discriminating, and incredibly detail-oriented, but even the sharpest planners cannot overcome occasional, unintended obstacles of family travel. […]

Alaska Travel Links For Follow Friday!

After four days talking travel at the annual Alaska Travel Industry Association convention, my head is about to explode. There is so much going on in the world of Alaska travel and tourism, loyal AKontheGO’ers. New products, enhanced services, and a ton of enthusiasm for the concept of family travel, too. No kidding – every […]

Family-Friendly Alaska: 5 Things Businesses Can Do to Welcome Children

Kids are hot, hot, hot in the Alaska tourism industry right now; trotting down cruise ship gangplanks, jetways, and hopping out of car seats, rigged and ready for their 49th state vacation. But are Alaska travel and tourism-related businesses meeting the needs of this incredibly active demographic? Moreover, are these businesses jiving with the high […]