AKontheGO Top Family Trips for 2016

It happens every year about this time. Holiday preparations complete, school out for a lengthy winter break (which means a less hectic schedule), and I have time to sit unimpeded at my desk and browse photos from the previous year. Seasons tangle together in the photo galleries of family trips <—-I so have to fix […]

PFD Travel Fair: A MUST-do this weekend

Planning ahead for 2017? I hope so, because the first-ever Alaska Travelgram PFD Travel Fair is happening on Saturday, September 24 in Anchorage, with a full docket of ideas and destinations to make this your family’s best travel year ever. If you follow AKontheGO’s social media accounts you know our commitment to digging deep for […]

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 […]

Be Water-Wise Near Alaska’s Rivers and Streams

If you’ve spent any time fishing or boating with your parents, it’s likely you’ve seen how fast and deep our Alaska rivers and streams can be. Grownups are always worried about kids going near the water, and with good reason, since water-related deaths in Alaska are more common than you might think. Being water-wise is […]

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: What 4,000 miles taught us

Around 1 p.m. yesterday, the hulking Great Alaskan Holidays RV pulled up in front of our house in Anchorage. Dusty, creaking, and looking like it had indeed crossed the country, the RV we affectionately referred to as the Beast stopped with a sigh next to our overgrown lawn. Iowa to Alaska, check. The odometer read […]

Iowa to Alaska: Kids to Parks Day in Glacier National Park

This is going to be quick; with more and more people arriving in St. Mary/Glacier KOA, wireless bandwith is being used up like nobody’s business… Kids to Parks Day turned out to be quite the adventure for this Alaska group. Despite more rain and chilly temperatures this morning, we drove to the St. Mary entrance […]

Iowa to Alaska: Day Two

Bismarck, North Dakota Before we left Alaska, a package arrived in the mail from my mother. It was a book titled “Bad Land” by Jonathan Raban, and chronicled a chapter of American history that resonated deeply with her. Born and raised between the various quadrants of North Dakota and Montana, my mother, and her mother […]

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 […]

Alaska Family Travel Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Every year the Alaska State Division of Tourism sponsors the Alaska Media Road Show for journalists from around the country to promote Alaska travel and tourism. Not that writers need too much convincing; Alaska is, after all, a state of superlatives. For a family travel writer who spends so much of every summer on the […]