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 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    July 1, 2019 

See the world and improve your craft

We travel for many reasons-to see friends and family, relax and get a tan to escape winter, but why not improve your artwork with a trip to someplace you've never been for a workshop? Retirement can...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2019 

Big Delta State Historical park worth a stop - and stay

A (usually) wonderful occupational hazard of travel writer life is setting out to explore Alaska's lesser-known sights. I've just returned from a four-night journey to do just that, swinging around...

 

Head out across Alaska for summer fun

From north to south, Alaska has some great festivals for you to attend, so get out and meet the rest of your state. Fairbanks stays up late The 38th Midnight Sun festival in downtown Fairbanks brings...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    June 1, 2019

Explore historic (and sunny) The Dalles, Oregon

Most Alaskans who hop on an airplane and fly south aren't typically looking to land in Oregon for a dose of sunshine and dry heat. After all, the beaver state is among the rainiest on the west coast,...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2019

Tips for photography while traveling

I was reading a travel article recently and noticed a photograph the writer took of a local in the country he was covering. They were not smiling. In fact, they were scowling. It reminded me of the...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    May 1, 2019

Cruise lines switch up traditional entertainment styles

Cruising in 2019? Don't expect the usual from scheduled onboard entertainment, say cruise lines. Instead, how about the chance to rub shoulders with a feature film makeup artist, or perhaps sitting...

 

Switzerland's beauty goes beyond chocolate and fondue

The first time I traveled to Switzerland I felt like I was in a postcard and any moment I'd step through it. I felt the same about Alaska. Places so mind-bogglingly beautiful cause one to go around wi...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2019

Real ID: What you need to know

As if the logistics of travel weren’t murky enough, the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Real ID program will be enforced in Alaska beginning Oct. 1, 2020. On that date, Alaska residents will need to present a Real ID-compliant license or ID,...

 
 By Victor Block    Travel    March 1, 2019

"As seen on the silver screen" tours

Bob Burrus is channeling John Travolta. He enters Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn and orders a slice. After devouring the snack, he emerges onto 86th Street and struts down several blocks as the song...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2019

State Museum in Juneau is well worth a visit

Think you know Alaska's entire story, told from the perspective of our capital city's residents? It might be time for a refresher at the Juneau State Museum, and March is the perfect month in which...

 

Vancouver is just a short hop away

Alaskans will find much familiar in Vancouver. On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with a backdrop of the North Shore Mountains, the tail end of the Coast Mountains, it could almost be Anchorage or...

 

Spiritual touchpoints as a cornerstone of travel

"A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul."    ~ Kahlil Gibran  There's a new trend afoot, encouraging the exploration of religious, philosophical, and...

 

Rivers offer a different kind of cruise

If you live in an Alaska town that has a solid cruise ship economy, then you probably long for the quiet tourist shoulder season. Pity the people who see no down time. Rejoice that you have a break....

 

Traveling safe (and smart) in 2019

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattled both homes and nerves in November, many Alaskans are finding themselves thinking twice about safety and emergency preparedness like never before; and this includes travel. Whether embarking for an internationa...

 

Pay a visit to the big man and his reindeer

You're never too old to sit in Santa's lap. It's true. One year I was in Nordstrom admiring their stunning Santa Claus when a woman next to me confessed she still visits Santa every year. There is...

 

All aboard the Aurora Winter Train

If you've ever listened to the lyrics to the tune 'Wabash Cannonball,' you'll get a sense of train travel's intrinsic hold upon us: "Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar As she glides along...

 

Have a "Bermudaful" experience this winter

With refined charm hinting of a British past combined with carefree, beach-life style of the Caribbean, Bermuda's got it all. This 22-mile island chain of volcanic rock and limestone has attracted eas...

 

In the beginning: A visit to Plymouth

Thanksgiving is more than a family feast, it is the story of how we came to be here in this country and how we were helped by the indigenous population. Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth,...

 

Is Hawaii on fire or under water?

Alaskans love to go to Hawaii. As our kissing cousin on just about any map we've seen since childhood, we are close – a mere six hours on a direct fight from Anchorage. In winter the Hawaiian island...

 

Denali Highway: Fall for it

Labor Day weekend was a glorious jumble of color, sunshine, and a yearn for open roads, so drive them we did, up and over one of Alaska's most underutilized roadways. The Denali Highway, once upon a...

 

Back to your roots: Travel to reconnect

Note: With national attention on immigration now, this column is focusing on Alaskans visiting the homes of their ancestors. If you have an account of your trip, please contact dim...

 

Fall in Fairbanks: Good fun and few crowds

Alaskans annually play a waiting game with winter. The frenzied pace of summer begins to slow around mid-August as kids and grandkids return to school, daylight wanes, and weather patterns become a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    August 1, 2018

An All-American road, on water

There's no question that Alaska is a place of uniqueness. From people to landscape and everything in between, there's no state like the 49th State, and that includes the mechanics of infrastructure....

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2018

RV park or public campground

Summer has finally arrived in the Last Frontier. After a wet, windy spring, Alaskans are fueling up and hitting the highways and byways in search of a night or two (or many) among Alaska's wild...

 

Gulls and guillemots and what not

Last month, Senior Voice travel correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas wrote about various ways to appreciate historic lighthouses in Alaska and beyond. This month, she shares about her recent experience as...

 

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