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 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    April 1, 2020 

Restrictions are a disappointment for vacationers

Well this is a conundrum for a travel writer - travel restrictions. I have said this before and I will say it again: you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, one that millions of...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2020 

Learn about walk-and-bike-friendly communities at Sitka conference

Located on remote Baranof Island at the gateway to the Pacific Ocean, the city of Sitka is probably the last place one would expect to be at the forefront of the walking-biking movement. Yet this...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2020

Golden, Colorado shines for senior travelers

Wild West, here we come; cowboy boots, big belt buckles, and a sense of adventure in tow. It's Golden time. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Denver, the small city of Golden packs a punch for...

 

The birds are coming! The birds are coming!

Let's face it, the coronavirus has changed travel plans all over the planet. Where does a nervous Alaskan go to have fun and adventures? Your own back yard. Millions of tourists flock to The Last Fron...

 

America's public lands beckon to seniors in 2020

As the new year moves swiftly forward, United States travelers over age 62 wanting to explore the nation's public lands should begin planning now. With the now-termed "America the Beautiful" National...

 

Memorials continue to fascinate enthusiasts

It may seem macabre, but visiting graveyards is a time-honored activity. Other than our relatives, cemeteries can reveal the lives of famous people and the many who left the world they departed a...

 

Risk is inherent in travel: What can we learn?

The accounts and photographs from New Zealand’s White Island are grim. Tourists on day excursions to the country’s most popular attraction were one minute hiking to the rim of the active volcano, enjoying the landscape’s awe-inspiring sights; t...

 

Trip a bust? Change it up, quickly

I once heard a story about an American couple, who traveled on a long-awaited vacation trip to India - they landed in Kolkata (once called Calcutta), took a taxi to the Hilton and never came out...

 

Great gifts for seniors on the go

If you’ve got adventures big or small planned next year, it’s important to travel with the right gear. And by “right,” I mean appropriate for the changing senior’s body, mind and soul. Let’s face it, seniors, the days of toting backpacks...

 

Stop over in a very cool country

If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, Iceland calls to you. While you can do a self-guided tour of film locations, those all-too-familiar-to-Alaskans Gray Line buses will also take you there. Season two...

 

Traveling safely in an uncertain world

We live in troubling times and that's an understatement. The world reels with refugees: In the Middle East and North Africa there are 2.74 million; Africa has 4.41 million; in Europe, 4.39 million; and Asia and the Pacific, 3.83 million, according...

 

Sailing the Alaska Marine Highway in 2020? Better read this

"What a beautiful sight that was. We could take our car, or walk on board, and GO SOMEWHERE! Our highway had arrived!" ~ Betty J. Marksheffel, describing her first view of the ferry as a historical no...

 
 By Victor Block    Travel    October 1, 2019

Cruises for out-of-the-way places and interests

Civil War buffs Tom and Elaine Preston wander through reconstructed forts where a major battle of that conflict was fought. Betsy and Andy Cross follow a guide slogging through a dense rainforest....

 

Rejoice Alaskans! Jet lag is strong eastbound, but returning is a dream

Alaskans travel for pleasure and often for the necessity of seeing far-flung family, and so jet lag is our constant companion. But a recent study from the Sleep Cycle Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at more than 1.5 million nights’ worth...

 

Accessible and overlooked Belgium

Coming in the year of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the "War to End All Wars," it is only fitting to consider a trip to this often overlooked European country. For those of us of a certain age...

 

Washington sales tax exemptions for Alaskans

Alaskans who head to Washington state for a shopping trip won’t be able to enjoy the easy sales tax break they have gotten for more than 50 years. A new law enacted by Washington legislators now requires Alaska residents to save their receipts and...

 

Alaska Airlines upgrades, expands terminal in Seattle

In mid-July Alaska Airlines announced completion of the first phase of the Sea-Tac’s North Satellite Modernization Project. As part of the $658.3 million project, the Port and Alaska Airlines unveiled eight new gates, expanded locally-based...

 

On the trail of Japanese snow monkeys

We've all seen people who remind us of animals, like turtles or owls, but I once saw an elderly lady in a bank and she looked just like a snow monkey. I couldn't stop staring and decided that some...

 

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...

 

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