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Alison Chino
Alison Chino wants to live in a world where the adventures are new every day, the soups feed a crowd and the kids still play outside.

Her travel musings, stories about expat life in Scotland and yummy recipes can be found several times a week at

Entries by Alison Chino

Walking Through Winter to Get to Spring

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:10 PM


I can hear the wind outside and the rain hitting the tin roof of the porch. I check the weather three times to see if there is a better window for getting outside, an hour of the day when water will not be...

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Walking Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:43 PM


On a crisp September morning, I stood with my dear friend on the West Coast of England staring out into the Irish Sea. We were about to embark on a walk to the other side of the country, Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast...

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What to Do in Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:35 PM

Recently a friend of mine heard that I had been to Switzerland, and she wrote and asked me to make recommendations for her upcoming visit. Here is what I told her.

The best way I know how to begin about Switzerland is to tell you a story.

Once upon a...

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A Perfect Family Trip to Europe

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 7:05 AM

This year has been full of epic journeys for our family since we moved from Arkansas to Scotland, but perhaps none so epic as the three weeks we spent this summer with our cousins. My brother and his wife hoarded their precious...
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Walking Through Britain: Following in the Footsteps of A Medieval Saint

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:59 PM


Going for a long walk over several days is not a completely new concept for me. I have been backpacking in the mountains for most of my life, and there is nothing like a backcountry experience for getting completely off...

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Countdown to Vacation: Travel Planning With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Chances are you already have your airplane tickets and your hotel booked for your next vacation, but what about everything else?

What are you going to do when you get there?

I have heard it said that vacations are one third anticipation of the trip, one third the actual...

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Reluctant Hikers

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:56 AM


"Come on, kids! Hop in the car! We're going on a hike!"

"Oh no, I don't want to go again."

"I'm tired. I just want to stay in bed today."

"I can't go now. I've almost reached the next level of this game."

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Of Towers and Turrets: Castles in Scotland

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:13 PM


Auchindoun Castle

Every time we drive a winding road to visit a castle, I am watching and waiting for that moment that the fortress comes into view, and like a small child, I gasp at the sight of it. Every. Single....

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London for One

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Four Things To Do When Alone In London


photo by Alison Chino

If you find yourself in London on business with an extra day before you have to catch your flight, or if you are...

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3 Ways to Get Outside for Fall

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 8:17 AM

When you drove to work this morning, did you see a tree or two that made you want to pull your car over?

The autumn leaves are amazing right now, and I am encouraging everyone I know to spend a little extra...

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Cliff Walking In Ireland

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 5:13 PM


When you arrive at Malin Head, you might feel that you have landed at the very edge of the world.

The intense wind will knock you over if you are not careful. Best to stand with your back to it and brace yourself...

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