USA Today Travel recently posted an article entitled 10 places you never thought you could afford [February 16, 2012] which covered the breath of travel opportunities now available to many.

The list included:

  • The Galapagos
  • Greece
  • Egypt
  • Japan
  • Berlin
  • New York City
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Switzerland
  • Cayman Islands

Did you catch that? Alaska! Our home away from home. Read an excerpt from USA Today.

…Alaska is enormous—it’s two times the size of Texas. […] For an amazingly economical Alaska vacation, book a cruise during . As of this publication, we spotted weeklong spring and fall Alaska cruises on our sister site Cruise Critic’s deals page on sale for as little as $569 per person…

I’d like to point out that an alternative, and one that allows you to get the feel of that which truly defines Alaska, is to find a “homebase” and plan excursions to the sites in Alaska which most interest you.

Cruise ships are nice but you are restricted to the “glamorous” coastal view. The sites in Alaska are only part of the adventure. Alaskans themselves have a spirit that cannot be quantified and is truly unique to Alaska. To see Alaska without spending time with Alaskans is like a BLT with no bread.

From a land-based perspective a vacation rental is ideal. Our cabin in Big Lake is near enough to Wasilla, Willow, Talkeetna, Denali, Anchorage and Portage Glacier to make all the sites of these destinations viable day trips. This gives you ample time to return for a BBQ on your personal balcony while enjoying the laid back beauty of Jade Lake.

A trip to the local grocery store to pick up those steaks & fresh salmon may not be as elegant as dinner with the captain, but maybe your goal is not to simply check “cruise” off your list.

Browse our Adventures and Places if you’re wondering whether you’d prefer a shopping trip in Ketchikan or a picnic at a gold mine followed by a stroll through an authentic early 1900’s Alaskan town.

But I do understand if maybe you just want to try your hand at some salmon fishing from the side of that cruise ship and call that “experiencing Alaska”.

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Written by Dave on February 16th, 2012 - Nostalgia | Make Comment

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Alaskan Chalet @ Jade Lake

Memories of our time with Alaska