About Andrea Kuuipo
Whether you’re just looking for your next adventure, or you’re feeling overwhelmed with information, you’re definitely in the right place.
My mission is to help you plan adventures in Alaska like a local.
Why? Because Alaska is magical and wild and I truly believe that everyone needs to experience the empowering and beautiful opportunities this place has to offer.
Hi. It’s me, Andrea Kuuipo.
I’m an Alaska made mountain lover and an adventure addict. And I’m so glad you’re here!
I live, work, play, and harvest on the traditional homelands of the Dena’ina people. I was born and raised in Denaʼina Ełnena, which is also known as Anchorage, and I’m grateful to be in such a beautiful place.
I fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. But my passion for BIG adventure came as an adult.
Standing on the summit of a mountain I just climbed and waking up in my hammock to the warming sun brought so much joy and clarity to my life.
My love for nature grew every time I stepped outside and my adventures seemed to get even wilder as I traveled around the world.
So, if you have an adventurous spirit but ask yourself,
“How do I stay safe when I’m alone?”
“What kind of gear do I need?”
“Where should I go to recharge?”
“Why doesn’t anyone else ‘get it’?”
You are not alone. I’ve helped many people answer those same questions with proven tips and advice to make it easier to start living their best life outdoors.
Since you’re here right now, something tells me you are ready to turn your wanderlust dreams into reality.
No matter where you are in your journey, using this website will help you do more of the one thing you want to do: get outside and explore Alaska.
How did this blog start?
Well, in 2016, I quit my job. I was working a 9-to-5 marketing job that left me feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled. I knew something was wrong when I found myself living for the weekend.
Working a digitally connected job fueled my craving to be disconnected, and I found myself escaping to any place that lacked cell reception.
The day I quit my job was the moment that changed everything.
I planned my first solo backpacking trip and started this blog a few months into my year-long adventure as a way to share stories with my friends and family.
Eventually, this website evolved.
As I traveled around the world, I started to notice a lot of different things.
I noticed how many misconceptions there were about life in Alaska, the lack of information online, and how many people called me “brave” for being a solo female traveler.
I learned how to overcome fear, embrace failure, and build the confidence I never knew I needed.
I found myself at the end of the world on a journey that moved me closer to myself in months than the compound of everything I had experienced in my entire life.
And now I want to share everything I’ve learned with you!
So, what can you expect to see on this website?
You will find a little bit of everything. I’ve learned a lot about traveling and living my best life outdoors.
I hike. I bike. I camp. I like to challenge myself to try new things and put myself out there.
Most of what you see is about Alaska (the place I call home). You’ll find everything from national park guides to my favorite ice cream shop.
But, I love getting off the beaten path, especially in other countries. I enjoy slow travel, road trips, and making friends with locals.
By sharing my own adventures and writing helpful posts with my best tips and advice, I hope it makes it easier for you to get outside and plan your adventure to Alaska and abroad.
Before I go, I wanted to let you know that you can join my email community.
Also, I just want to thank you for being here. See you outside!