You are turning intention into action this year. This is a work-in-progress that you have had going on for some time with yarn from Illinois, Florida, and Copenhagen. You have finished it now and it is in the mail to your Mom with whom you travel to all of those wonderful places. Next on the list is to intentionally follow through on other travel plans that you have had for decades. From the plan to look at tours by dogsled in the largest state to making sure you also take advantage of the local options for entertainment, you want to make sure that this is your year of travel.

Whether you are considering helicopter tours in Anchorage or planning a three generation sight seeing day in your own town, it is often important to make your travel plans as early as possible. Especially when you re looking at grand across the country adventures like reserving a spot in one of the available tours by dogsled that are so popular this time of year, timing is everything.

Are You Planning a Family Vacation in the Next Six Months?

Trips by dogsled tours, float plane, or other unique meals of transportation require early reservations, and often, deposits. Knowing that you will have the spot that you want for the activity that you most desire is one way to have the best type of trip. And while it may seem like a lot of work before you ever board your plane for your trip to Alaska, the spots on the best tours by dogsled fill up quickly. By paying for these spots ahead of time you not only guarantee that you will have the spot that you want, but also that you are able to get a head start on funding the costs of your trip. In fact, any time that you can pay for a hotel or plane reservation ahead of time you are actually helping to cover some of the expenses sooner rather than later.

Although there are many kinds of vacation destinations, a trip to the great state of Alaska is on the bucket list for many people. Taking in tours by dogsled and trips to see the glaciers are just two of the many opportunities that are available to people who travel this far north. Consider some of these facts and figures about the many times when Alaska is truly the trip of a lifetime:

  • If sight seeing and adventure are high on your list, then Alaska is a perfect destination as 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. are located in this state.
  • The national bird the bald eagle is abundant in Alaska with approximately 30,000 birds residing in the state; more than any other place in the country.
  • As a state known for its wildlife, more than 900,000 caribou roam in 32 herds across Alaska’s tundra landscapes and an estimated that 100,000 black bears live there as well.
  • Alaska has seen tourism rates increase 26% since 2010’s recession-attributed slump of 1.53 million visitors.
  • Offering another unique travel and sight seeing option, there are more than 70 potentially active volcanoes in Alaska.
  • In the Interior, Alaska visitors spent $478 million, and tourism was responsible for as many as 8,500 jobs.
  • Throughout the entire state, Alaska visitors spent $3.2 billion, and tourism created 43,000 jobs, an increase of 3,600 jobs since 2015.
  • Alaska hosted 1.93 million visitors in the year 2017, a 4% increase over 2016.
  • No matter where you travel, taking time off is important. In fact, professional services firm Ernst and Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8%.

Whether you are using this year of intention to finish up a hand crafted piece with yarn that your have bought on travels with your mother or you are looking for a way to take your teenage children to the state of Alaska, the best way to achieve your goals is to start today!

If you are ready to create memories that last a lifetime it is important to start your plans now for your next family vacation. Ready, set, go!

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