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 […]

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 […]

AAA Alaska Offers Peace of Mind for Families

Sponsored post on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor AAA Alaska  Every August, after my son returns to school, my husband and I haul out everything from the cars and take stock of our road trip safety inventory. Flares, check. Extra food, water, and a sleeping bag? Roger. AAA Alaska card? Double check that. With a short […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iowa to Alaska Road Trip: Seven day countdown

As the living room floor becomes choked with duffel bags, backpacks, sleeping bags and stacks of maps, it’s all becoming real. The Great Alaskan Holidays – Kampgrounds of America – AKontheGo road trip is just about to launch. Are you ready to go with us? Here’s the itinerary:  Forest City, Iowa, and the Mecca of […]

Gear Review: Lems Shoes prove less can be more

I am a footwear junkie. One look at my closet or garage gear shelves and it’s clear, I may have a problem. But in Alaska, where weather and geographical changes mean different shoes, boots, or sandals may be required to comfortably navigate outdoor activities, footwear is a critical element of recreational success. Meet the Lems […]

Babylon Language Institute Takes Kids Around the World

*Now a word from AKontheGO sponsor business, Babylon Language Institute. Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Babylon Language Institute is about as fun as they come when talking about day camps for kids age 6-12.  Co-owner Tyler Schlagenhauf, an educator and one-half of the teacher duo operating the institute, was confident the name would […]

Plan 2016 Travel at the Alaska Summer Showcase

AK Fam is spending the week in sunny, dry, and incredibly beautiful Arizona this week, because hey, even travel writers deserve vacations. It’s been a big adventure for certain, between Grand Canyon National Park, Route 66, and now, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, a historic and very laid-back outfit just outside Yucca. More on this, later. But […]

Alaska Restaurants for Picky Kids

What’s the story AK Kid? You live in Alaska, home of sustainable seafood, the freshest there is, and I can’t even get you to try a halibut nugget? And don’t get me started on the whole aversion-to-Yukon-Gold-potatoes debacle. Traveling with kids who shun new foods, foods with unusual textures, colors, or levels of palatability can […]