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Lifetime Friendships: Why Seasonal Jobs Lead to Strong Personal Bonds

by Fernanda Spratt Posted in Off the Clock, The Alaska Experience Blog, Why I Like to Work Here
There’s nothing quite like traveling. The feeling of utter freedom to go wherever you want to is both empowering and scary at the same time. Having a seasonal job evokes similar feelings of independence and vulnerability, which is a large reason why seasonal employees tend to create friendships that last...  Read More

What Nature Gave Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Only in Alaska, Why I Like to Work Here
From sunlight to glaciers, Alaska has an abundance of natural resources. We celebrated Alaska’s natural bounty with a quirky infographic. Learn some pretty impressive facts about Alaska in a memorable way. Impress Alaskan natives, win trivia night, or share this infographic with your favorite teacher for a fun learning experience....  Read More

Best Hiking Trails in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
With 6 million acres of pristine wilderness in Denali National Park alone, Alaska’s landscapes are a feast for those who prize exploration. Soaring walls of rock, living glaciers, wildflower-splashed meadows, and stirring coastline are there to be witnessed for anyone with a solid pair of hiking shoes, a sturdy pack,...  Read More

The Best Summer Solstice Celebrations in the World

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
solstice sunset at stonehenge
It doesn’t matter where you are the in the world – our heliocentric sense of time cycles us through seasons of darkness and short days, followed by those of rebirth and late twilights. As the sun reaches its highest point of the calendar year and seems to stands still on...  Read More

The Coolest Adventure Races on the Planet

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
wilderness runner
Something about Alaska’s rugged landscape and wide-open skies seems to invite exploration. Great journeys can begin anywhere in the world, but it should come as no surprise that a couple of the world’s coolest outdoor adventure races would take place amid the wild terrain of the New Frontier. In adventure...  Read More

The Best Places in Alaska to See the Northern Lights

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Alaska Northern Lights
One of the prettiest sights to see has to be the aurora borealis with its swirls of green, blue, yellow, or pink shimmering and pulsating across the night sky. Caused by a reaction of ionized particles in the atmosphere near the Earth’s poles, the Northern Lights are typically visible in...  Read More

The Great Migration: Who All Lives in Alaska?

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Old Town in Alaska
One question us Alaskans get asked often is, “People actually live in Alaska?” Yes! Not only do people live here, they love it here. In fact, while Alaska might have one of the smallest state populations in the United States, the diversity of its residents, and the ways in which...  Read More

Why I Like to Work Here: Joe Brannon- Rail Guide, Rail Services

by rosen Posted in Why I Like to Work Here
Why do I keep coming back to work here?  It’s fun.  I get to share the Alaska I love with people and hear about their experiences on vacation.  The people I work with are great, too. Joe Brannon- Rail Guide, Rail Services...  Read More

Job Story: Pat Cooley- Front Desk Manager, Juneau (Baranof) Hotel

by rosen Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
Job Story:  Pat Cooley- Front Desk Manager, Juneau (Baranof) Hotel I was just a shy, young, wallflower, and left my home state of Washington after graduating from Seattle University to pursue a new adventure in Alaska. This adventure turned into a job that became my career in customer service.  I...  Read More

Alaska Jobs: Day In The Life: Escorted Tour Operations, Tour Director

by rosen Posted in A Day In The Life
Escorted Tour Operations, Tour Director- Randy Shinn Being a Tour Concierge with Holland America-Princess has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding work experiences in my journey of life. I am able to meet interesting people from all over the world, aid in their process of touring...  Read More