Travel With Mental Illness: Yes, we can

Our family is made up of four people. Four individuals with distinct expectations, likes, dislikes, and habits. One of our family members, however, lives with mental illness. Big AK Kid is 19 now, and gave me permission to write about how it feels to hit the road and hopefully not have the road hit back. […]

Little Passports: A Kid-Friendly Trip Around the World

*Sponsored* and ready to give away! (The product, not the child)… IMPORTANT UPDATE 11/27/2012 For a brief time, AK Fam lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where I tried mightily to adjust in a world very foreign to my Pacific Northwest upbringing. Big AK Kid entered fifth grade as the only student who had visited Canada, […]

*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 […]

Alaska Itineraries: Planning Your Next 49th State Adventure

Have you visited our Pinterest page? Yes, I too have succumbed to pinning people, places, and products; and in between searching for cute puppy photos and yummy bacon recipes, I’m finding the family travel gig to be quite successful as alaskaonthego. But wait —- there’s a board with nothing in it. Awwwwww. Cue the loyal […]

AKontheGO Family Travel Gear Guide: New Stuff!

New stuff alert! We love new stuff, especially this time of year, when parents, grandparents, and other loving relatives are making gift lists for the holidays. Alaska family travel requires a lot of important “stuff”, we’ve discovered, so when a new product or vendor comes our way, we’re glad to say howdy. See this guy […]

What Does 9/11 Teach Us About Family Travel?

On this day each year, I reflect back to a time when family travel looked decidedly different. Back to open gate areas in airports, when arriving or departing meant loved ones in our midst. Back to an open, spontaneous travel lifestyle, and back to conversations with my children that didn’t involve terms like “TSA,” or […]

Making Sense of Alaska’s Big Ticket Attractions: Three Tips for Travelers

The date for your Alaska adventure has finally arrived. The kids have their raingear and boots, you’ve bought the plane tickets and made hotel reservations, now everyone is excited about their trek around the 49th state. Except for one thing – the choices. So many options in so many places, and for so much money! […]

Fun Friday in the Far North: Memorial Weekend for Alaska

Even though summer seems to be missing in action today, Alaska’s communities are gearing up for Memorial weekend and the many activities signaling an arrival of longer days, warmer weather, and tons of visitors. AK Fam is happy to jump right in, of course, and I’ve kicked things off with a short visit to the […]

Kids These Days! Radio for Alaska Parents

Did you know that AKontheGO has a strong presence over at Alaska Public Radio’s Kids These Days program? Yep, we sure do, moonlighting as the “KTDontheGO! Mom” for the show’s blog. Every Friday parents across the state can read up on great family travel tips, and learn just a little bit more about my background, […]

Fur Rendezvous and Alaska’s Love Affair With Winter

It’s true, Alaskans do love winter. A good thing, too, since winter around here lasts anywhere from seven to nine months. Oh, we embrace summertime with the enthusiasm of a long lost love, to be sure, but there’s something about this frosty, sparkling-white season that brings out the best in 49th state residents. Like Fur […]

Break It Down For Peaceful Family Travel in Alaska

I wish you could have been at AK Hacienda this morning to witness post-Hawaii-vacation-angst at its finest, courtesy of AK Kid. If I only knew where the camera was packed…. Kids and travel generally go together like peanut butter and jelly, but even the most affiable child will become tired at some point. It takes […]