Family Travel Blogs: They like us, they really, really like us!

Back in 2008, when I first considered jumping into an often tumultuous water of family travel blogs, the internet was awash with citizen journalists who wanted the world to know what, where, and how they managed to travel with kids. Big families, small families, non-traditional families, and everything in between – through the past six […]

Alaska Airlines and the Bombardier Q400: What families need to know

A few weeks ago, Alaska Airlines rolled out a sample aircraft from sister company Horizon Airlines as a welcome mat of sorts for Fairbanks travelers edgy about this new, turbo-prop creature that will be shuttling they and their stuff between the Golden Heart City and Anchorage. It’s sleek, it’s pretty, and it’s just about as […]

Denali National Park: Fall and Winter are Winners with Alaskan Families

Last weekend was the golden opportunity for hundreds of Denali National Park Road Lottery winners to redeem their prize of independent exploration along the Denali Park Road. For years, the National Park Service has offered individuals the chance to drive their personal vehicles along the entire 85-mile stretch of gravel road after the last shuttle […]

RV Travel Made Simple for Families, Part II

Intrepid AKontheGO’ers know how much we talk about preparation, because Alaska travel requires not only thoughtful planning for the trip at hand, but also long before the airplane ever touches down on the runway or one receives keys to the rental car; and that includes the RV. RRRRRRVVVV – the motor home, camper, or otherwise […]

Alaska Travel Meets a Need Through a Simple Field Trip

“The water is wide, I can’t cross ‘oer. And neither have I wings to fly. Build me a boat that will carry two, and both shall row…”  This was a week of humility. Travel accomplishes this quite nicely, especially in Alaska where Mother Nature doesn’t always go along with the prescribed plan. My pal and […]

Alaska RV Travel Made (more) Simple for Families PART I

Alaska’s open roads are a siren song for many 49th state travelers. Scenery, wildlife, and abundant recreation upon a whim – it’s all there, without a tour bus in sight. Dad at the wheel, mom operating the GPS and snapping casually-orchestrated Facebook photos of the kids teetering on the edge of a glacial moraine or […]

Anchorage’s Ship Creek and Port of Alaska: Tours, ships, and salmon!

Perched on the edge of a cushy motorcoach seat, dirty shoes curled beneath him, my son turned sideways, trying to catch a glimpse of the funny-looking loader creeping along the dock. Loud and lumbering, the machine slowly captured an enormous metal container, thus beginning a long journey southward for the contents inside. What – AK […]

Guided Alaska Hikes and Walks

Most visitors arrive in Alaska with every intention of hiking at least one trail during their vacation. Hiking boots – check. Rain gear – check. Nerve – welllll, let’s just say Alaska’s wilderness can be a bit intimidating for the uninitiated. Not scary, mind you, just not exactly what some people expected, especially parents unfamiliar […]

Alaska Zoo Discovery Tour Appeals to Teen Travelers

This post was written by AKontheGO intern, Bella, who has been working hard this summer (read: enjoying the sunshine and family fun) at learning the ropes about the exciting world of travel journalism.  Teenage Pro Tip: It can be hard to find something to engage the 13-18 crowd while on vacation. I ought to know; […]

Break Away at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward, Alaska

“…break clean away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.”  ~ John Muir My wilderness hero speaks such wisdom, but how often I forget. Finding my happy place in Alaska seems so simple, right? A travel journalist, out and about to all sorts of beautiful places on […]

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in Seward Opens for 2013 Season

The Alaska tourism industry is a tight group of like-minded folks who support each other. Ever since I announced I was taking the plunge into guidebook authorship, my cohorts in travel have rallied, assisted, and cheered me on. Now that the book is packaged up and sent to the publisher (whew), my friends at CIRI […]