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Guest post from Tricia Krohn on How to Live the Alaskan Dream – and do it Cheaply!

Alaska is an alluring place that many people dream about or have on their travel bucket list. Bucket lists include lots of dream destinations for most people; however, the best part about bucket lists is actually doing or achieving something on that list. Visit Nepal. Hike the Appalachian Trail. See the Northern Lights.

How to Achieve that Goal

For me, my number one dream destination and my top of the bucket list item was Alaska. My initial goal was to work in Alaska as a teacher in the Alaskan bush. You know the place where you can only reach via airplane. The places where you are completely isolated from the world except the few hundred fellow villagers that live in your village. Most of which are Native Alaskans and have customs which are completely different than you are accustom. Yeah, that’s where I wanted to live.

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However, I was stuck in an 8-to-5 job. All my life I had stuck in my head achievement as my first priority in life. I was your typical first born, Type A personality overachiever. I think even my body knew to follow this path as I had 2 children, a boy and a girl. Typical, right? Well, about the age of 38, I’m laying in bed reading this book about, you guessed it, achievement. I flip the page and the next paragraph jumps out at me. It said something like, “So you will be 40 in two years and have a steady job but want to go back to school, do it. No one is stopping you but yourself.”

I sat straight up. It was comical, I’m sure. What are the chances of reading this book right at that moment in time? It spoke to me directly. Creepy.

From that moment on, my plan to escape the doldrums of the financial banking world hatched. A notebook dedicated to this plan became filled with pro and con lists, steps to take, who to tell, bills and financial strategy, places to apply for school, timelines, and work places that would be flexible enough in scheduling to fit a school schedule. Plus I needed to clear this drastic change with my children who were teenagers. They only had a few years left at home and I felt it imperative they be in on the plan as it would affect their lives too. If they were dead set against it, I could always wait the few years until they graduated but I wanted to be done with my college schooling before they started theirs.

Game. Set. Go.

The plan was in action. Three months later, I quit my job and started my new life.

Life gets in the way sometimes and that plan got a little off track. However, I still REALLY wanted to go to Alaska. And I never once regretted my decision to quit my 8-to-5 life. Best.Decision.Ever.

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Enter: Google search for Jobs in Alaska.

Yup, that is how I eventually got to Alaska. Both kids were in college and I had moved to Chicago to live the big city life about three years after quitting my job. Moving to Chicago was to get in motion my dream of a life of travel of which Alaska was a part. I knew I would make it there someday.

When I googled jobs in Alaska, the first item to pop up was Alaska Tour Jobs. To make a long story short, I applied, got the job, took off for the middle of Alaska and never looked back.

You can too!

Between the months of May and September, Alaska becomes tourist central. Every little town swells to two or three even four times its normal size because of season workers. Seasonal workers are a hot commodity here.

Seasonal workers are needed in the industries of:

  • fishing
  • hospitality
  • restaurants
  • tour guides
  • park workers
  • railway
  • any industry that services these industries

Cruise ships drop tourists off at the ports in hoards. Daily.

These tourists need service.

Some port towns to look for work:

  • Whittier
  • Seward
  • Homer
  • Skagway
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Valdez

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Then these cruise tourists usually book land packages which opens up further areas for seasonal work. Try googling jobs in:

This is not an end-all, be-all list. There are many opportunities for seasonal employment in Alaska. It truly depends on what type of work you are interested as well as where you want to live. Keep in mind when Google kicks back your list of potential employers, it is going to give you the big employers first such as Princess and Holland America. Look beyond those two if they don’t appeal to you. Anywhere there is one of their lodges or a port their ships dock, there are restaurants, other hotels, shops and tour companies that need employees. Some provide employee housing and some do not. Keep that in mind.

Working in Alaska is not for everyone. You must take into consideration the isolation. Depending on the place you are working, you may be surrounded by people all day long; however, the location may be very remote. Which means, if you need to go to the grocery store or want to go to the movies, you have to find a ride to the nearest city 2, 3 or 4 hours away.

Personally, I love it here and recommend the experience to anyone who asks. This is my second season in the Denali area and I already have plans to return for a third season.

Get paid to visit Alaska. You got the job. You’ve achieved the hard part and got yourself here. Now, go and visit other areas. Take the train to another town. Rent a car and drive around. Get that hook up with a flight tour that other people talk about.

Go and see your newly adopted work place!

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Tricia Krohn
Traveler – Author – Blogger, The Adventure List
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My First Week in New Zealand and my Very First WWOOF

My View From the Farm
My View From the Farm

So far I’ve spent four days in Fiji, and three days in Auckland (with one of the three days spent in Matamata at The Shire). I have to admit that Auckland was not the most impressive of places. This is a generally accepted fact by people that as far as cities go, you do not visit Auckland for the grandiose architeticure. It is a mixture of British influence meshed with Kiwi practically, which creates a convoluted architectural mix that is not so pleasing to the eye. The most beautiful aspects of Auckland are the bays and the natural landscapes. Auckland is heterogeneous, generally friendly and easy to navigate, but not a place that you’d want to spend massive amounts of time in.


After leaving Auckland, I’ve headed North up the coast to Kerikeri where the first place that I am going to be WWOOFing is located (to get more info on what WWOOFing is please see my other post ). About an hour out of Auckland, the scenery became so beautiful it was unreal. I felt as if I was a character out of Avatar and I had descended on a new planet. So many different types of plants and fauna rendered me agape with wonder. Three hours later, the bus arrived in Kerikeri, a small town located in the Bay of Islands region. Sitting at the bus stop I waited for my WWOOF Host, Julia, to pick me up. A few minutes later, and armed with a friendly smile, Julia picked me up. Upon my arrival she immediately took me to the grocery store and gave me $25NZD to buy myself breakfast and lunch materials. The agreement with her as my host was that I was given accommodation with a small kitchen, (no stove but a microwave) and I was responsible for preparing for myself breakfast and lunch and Julia would take care of dinner every night.

System Engineer now horse tamer
System Engineer now horse tamer

Julia’s ranch is located about 20 minutes outside of Kerikeri and pulling up to her place was like something out of a movie. Surrounded by lush green hills dotted with cattle, massive paddocks with horses grazing, and on top of the hill sat a truly stunning house. The accommodations here are fantastic from what I’ve been told by other WWOOF’ers. There are four sets of WWOOF’ers currently here, an Aussie/English couple, two sets of Germans, and myself and my brother. We each have our own “mini-apartment” with own bath, shower and small kitchen. The views from my patio are to die for. The “work,” which I have a hard time calling work considering every moment spent outside is pure joy, consists of tending the horses, ducks and general farm/stall upkeep. Each couple takes turns helping Julia cook dinner every night and we all eat together. Dinner is very enjoyable, not only is Julia a certified chef, it is wonderful to be breaking bread every night with such a wonderful collection of people from around the world – people whose stories under other circumstances I would have never have gotten to hear.

Fellow WWOOF'ers
Fellow WWOOF’ers
A laugh and some work
A laugh and some work

In my childhood I grew up on a ranch in California. We had goats, horses, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and an occasional peacock. I left home at 16 and thus ended my farming career. However, returning to this environment I have been shocked with what ease I’ve remembered on how to do everything. At 16 I dreamed about wandering the world and having a career, who knew at 29 I’d leave the career I gave everything up for to wander the world and return back to farming? From a bossy professional women to horse tender, I’ve never been happier with change. I experience no anxiety and my conversations with the horses fill me with contentment. With no Wi-Fi at our location I have to head to the library to be connected and it’s been quite the detox. I used to have my phone connected to me 24/7 and at first with no connection to the outside world I experienced a bit of anxiety but now I am so at peace, rather in love, with the isolation. No television at night, and after our group dinner I return to my room to read and fall into a peaceful, prescription drug/alcohol free sleep. This is what I came on my journey for; to find myself, to experience quiet, nature and get back to basics. Fiji and Auckland were great, but here up North, well at least for the next three weeks, is home.


-Till my next adventure- Jo.