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 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2018 

Spring brings fish and fowl to Alaska

A safe haven for birds to breed There were times when I flew the milk run from Seattle to Juneau and stopped in at Yakutat - a place that always fascinated me. With its thick, deep green forests and...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    May 1, 2018 

Travel insurance: Preserve your vacation investment

In January I was scheduled to travel away from my home in cold, dark Anchorage to the warm, bright beaches of the Turks and Caicos. It was a sanctuary vacation I had been looking forward to for...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2018

Gray whale watch: Spring deals on sale now

Alaska's gentle giants are coming home, and you won't want to miss their annual appearance. The gray whale migration is ready to begin as the 50-foot, 40-ton marine mammals prepare to depart Mexico's...

 

My heart is in the Highlands

Scotland is a natural for Alaskans-mountainous, cold, windy, vast stretches of color in the fall, and Robbie Burns celebrations on his birthday in January complete with haggis (see description...

 

Maine's many islands and harbors beckon

I thought the older couple coming into The Harbor Cafe in Stonington, Maine, on Deer Island, for the Monday night two-for-one $19.99 special was going to bolt and run at the sight of strangers. It's...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2018

Travel well: Staying healthy on your trip

The advent of planes, trains and automobiles for the purpose of efficiently transporting humans around the globe has meant more than just fast travel. Clinging to our bodies, gear and found within the air we breathe are millions of viruses and...

 

In praise of motels, quirks included

In my travels I've found that, yes, chain hotels are always dependable just for the fact that they're, well, everywhere, but I really don't care for them. This summer we stayed at a Comfort Inn somewh...

 

Anchorage Museum's community outreach expands

If you've not visited the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center lately, it may be time. Yes, the newly-recreated Alaska Exhibition is a contemporary upgrade from the previous space; certainly the "Cruis...

 

Safe Harbor in Ireland

In a world seemingly full of dangers, it might be best to turn to countries where there have been civil wars and its people moved on to a more stable society. One place would be Ireland, the...

 

Should you check or carry on baggage? Here are some pros and cons

The question "to check or not to check?" is one of the most common among air travelers, with passionate justification on all sides of the argument. Some travelers swear by the philosophy of carrying...

 

Visit somewhere safe for the holidays

It's hard to ignore the headlines of terrorist attacks on tourists or random acts of violence involving crowds, particularly at popular tourist sites and entertainment venues. It is a sad and...

 

Traveling with grandkids: What you should know

There are two times during the year when grandparents are most likely to travel with their children's children. One is during the time-honored tradition called summer vacation, a relaxed, happy time...

 

Cross country trip ends, with lessons learned

Part three in a series. The trails of wood smoke far behind us, we arrived in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, for its Riverside Arts Festival that coincided with Discovery Days. Annually, the 160...

 

Great winter getaways to plan now

It's here; the annual scramble to book the next year's adventures. Alaskans love to plan trips, especially trips to warmer weather, and November marks a milestone for many, whether they purchased a...

 

"Drive like you own the road"

We hit the Alaska Highway after escaping British Columbia's own Bermuda Triangle - Fort St. John. Like a scene from the movie "Groundhog Day," where the main character repeats the same day over and...

 

True North comes to life at Anchorage Museum

For Alaskans, history and cultural traditions are intertwined in a complicated and very personal narrative unlike that found anywhere else in the United States. The combination of a vast landscape...

 

Summer's end road trip

We roared out of Bennington, Vermont, to cover 977 miles the first day and somehow avoided speeding tickets. This after deciding we did not like Bennington and would return to my mother's home town...

 

Alaska's must-see fall destinations

Last weekend I awoke to the sound of pounding rain and a sharp breeze whipping birch branches against my window. The day was as raw and wet as they come, and provided a stark reminder that fall is ind...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    August 1, 2017

Recreational passes for seniors will cost more

Nearly 331 million people set foot inside a national park last year, thanks in part to the agency's 100th birthday and a societal push to spend more time in the great outdoors. America's public lands...

 

Local fairs are a woolly good time

Alaska craftspeople who work in gems and silver rush every year in late January to the Tucson Gem Show where 250 dealers hawk the supplies that keep local artisans afloat and viable for the tourism...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2017

Get up close to southcentral Alaska's accessible glaciers

Rivers of ice that tell the story of Alaska's geologic past, glaciers rank high on sightseeing bucket lists. Hanging from alpine cirques or plunging directly into deep fjords, 100,000 glaciers in the...

 

Roaming freely across Cornwall

Palm trees and swans in the harbor may not seem possible in England, but in Cornwall it is. Its temperate ocean climate is the mildest and sunniest in all of the United Kingdom due to its position at...

 

Get the world-class treatment in Denver

Denver is an outdoor city filled with urban adventures. The Mile High City is known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries and famous music scene, all within easy reach of...

 

Sweet spring in Vermont

Vermont is all about maple syrup and that's just fine with me. Here in the springtime, smoke fills the air from sugarhouses busily boiling the sap from sugar maple trees in vats over wood-fired...

 

This island is a favorite winter destination for Alaskans

Just a week in the sun makes Jack much easier to live with. Truly, the lack of sun in wintertime does tax one's sanity in Alaska. I was of the mind that I was a true Alaskan and didn't need any...

 

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