Erin Kirkland’s work as an Alaska travel wizard is centered not on outsides, but on Alaskans themselves. But she doesn’t stop there. She’s got an extra focus on the state’s future stewards: kids. As the founder and author of AK On the Go, she’s also worked on guide books focused on traveling the state with kids.
In this episode Erin weighs in on how playing outside makes us better as people and families, plus advice on traveling the state for residents and visitors.
[1:15] Erin’s favorite outdoor space
[2:33] Erin’s Alaska story
[3:44] Erin’s Alaska challenges
[4:46] Can you take toddlers outside in -10 degrees?
[7:41] How Erin fell into family friend travel writing
[10:05] How outdoor work fuels Erin
[11:12] How does the outdoors improve family relationships?
[16:09] Erin’s favorite Alaska State Parks
[18:00] Do people make going outside too complicated?
[21:10] What Erin tells families about visiting Alaska
[22:55] What is the best way to visit Alaska?
[23:55] What is the biggest mistake when visiting Alaska?
[27:14] What’s the best way to do Alaska with kids?
[29:15] Erin’s most essential outdoor gear
[29:55] Erin’s favorite outdoor gear
[31:25] Erin’s favorite outdoor moment