Erin Kirkland, publisher of the popular family travel website AKontheGO, and author of the guidebook “Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children” has joined the information site About.com as their Alaska Expert. Kirkland will be in charge of creating online content for About.com’s Alaska section, telling the state’s unique stories through cultural, recreational, historical, and industry-related destinations and attractions.Her selection represents the first time About.com has secured an Alaska resident as its Expert for the travel and tourism website.
“Alaska is my home, and I’m honored to be able to describe its beauty and diverse activities to potential visitors in a comprehensive and entertaining way,” she said. From backcountry hikes to all-inclusive tours, Kirkland will be responsible for stories that capture the essence of Alaska, extending beyond her previous niche demographic of families traveling with children.
“AKontheGO is extremely successful,” Kirkland said. “And now, with the addition of a solid base of contributors, this new opportunity will allow me to advocate for Alaska travel through a wider reach.” The only family travel journalist based in Alaska, Kirkland’s work regularly appears in the Alaska Dispatch News, and she is a contributor for KTVA 11 Daybreak, in addition to working on her second book, due out in December, 2016. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, James, and son, Owen. About.com is billed as the largest source for expert content on the Internet to help users answer questions, solve problems, learn something new, or find inspiration.
The site’s travel section is designed as a practical tool for researching and planning vacations to a wide range of destinations. For more information about the company’s travel platform, visit http://www.about.com/travel/. For Alaska-themed information and destination planning, visit www.goalaska.about.com after October 1, 2015.