Kristin Finan

Travel editor

Kristin Finan is the travel editor at the Austin American-Statesman and the author of multiple books on topics such as budget travel, food-lovers' travel and weekend getaways. An Austin native, Kristin holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Latest from Kristin Finan

Madeleine Albright shows off her statement pieces
 Balloons. Ladybugs. Eagles. Cherries. You never know what Madeleine Albright might use to send a message. Albright made headlines when she was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time, but during those four years as secretary of state under President Bill...

Posted: 4 days ago

Balloons. Ladybugs. Eagles. Cherries. You never know what Madeleine Albright might use to send a message. Albright made headlines when she was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time, but during those four years as secretary of state under President Bill...
Circuit of the Americas officials: Santa’s on his way to the track
 Circuit of the Americas might be best known for Formula 1, but this December it will swap race cars for Santa’s sleigh for the inaugural Winter Wonderland at the Circuit. This “magical world of holiday amusement” centered on the track’s Grand Plaza will be held Dec. 1-2 and 8-30 and will incorporate a million lights...

Posted: 4 days ago

Circuit of the Americas might be best known for Formula 1, but this December it will swap race cars for Santa’s sleigh for the inaugural Winter Wonderland at the Circuit. This “magical world of holiday amusement” centered on the track’s Grand Plaza will be held Dec. 1-2 and 8-30 and will incorporate a million lights...
You won’t believe the new holiday spectacle coming to COTA in December
 A new holiday tradition is coming to town this December, and, if we’re being honest, it sounds pretty magical. Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, best known for playing host to the Formula 1 racing series, will this holiday season swap
            race cars for Santa’s sleigh during the inaugural Winter Wonderland at...

Posted: 5 days ago

A new holiday tradition is coming to town this December, and, if we’re being honest, it sounds pretty magical. Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, best known for playing host to the Formula 1 racing series, will this holiday season swap race cars for Santa’s sleigh during the inaugural Winter Wonderland at...
Saturday is Choose Kind Day in Austin. Here’s what’s happening
 You can never have enough kindness, right? Austinites are encouraged to spread kindness on Saturday. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Mayor Steve Adler has declared Saturday, Nov. 11 Choose Kind Day in Austin, a day when Austinites are encouraged to participate
            in random acts of kindness and volunteer with their favorite nonprofits...

Posted: 9 days ago

You can never have enough kindness, right? Austinites are encouraged to spread kindness on Saturday. Jay Janner/American-Statesman Mayor Steve Adler has declared Saturday, Nov. 11 Choose Kind Day in Austin, a day when Austinites are encouraged to participate in random acts of kindness and volunteer with their favorite nonprofits...
You can get your tickets now for the Trail of Lights
 No holiday season in Austin is complete without a visit to the Trail of Lights, and if you’re eager to map out this year’s excursion, never fear — we’ve got the scoop on what to expect. The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights will be held Dec. 9-23 in Zilker Park. More than 400,000 guests are expected to visit the trail...

Posted: 10 days ago

No holiday season in Austin is complete without a visit to the Trail of Lights, and if you’re eager to map out this year’s excursion, never fear — we’ve got the scoop on what to expect. The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights will be held Dec. 9-23 in Zilker Park. More than 400,000 guests are expected to visit the trail...
Trail of Lights tickets are about to go on sale; here’s what you need to know
 No holiday season in Austin is complete without a visit to the Trail of Lights, and if you’re eager to map out this year’s
            excursion, never fear — we’ve got the scoop on what to expect. This is the 53rd year for the Trail of Lights celebreation. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The 53rd annual Austin Trail...

Posted: 11 days ago

No holiday season in Austin is complete without a visit to the Trail of Lights, and if you’re eager to map out this year’s excursion, never fear — we’ve got the scoop on what to expect. This is the 53rd year for the Trail of Lights celebreation. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN The 53rd annual Austin Trail...
You’ve never seen a calendar quite like this
 It started, like so many great ideas, over drinks at the bar. A few friends at Longhorn Village, a senior living community in Steiner Ranch that has its own on-site bar, were catching up over glasses of wine before dinner when the conversation turned to the 2003 movie “Calendar Girls” — a British comedy in which a group...

Posted: 16 days ago

It started, like so many great ideas, over drinks at the bar. A few friends at Longhorn Village, a senior living community in Steiner Ranch that has its own on-site bar, were catching up over glasses of wine before dinner when the conversation turned to the 2003 movie “Calendar Girls” — a British comedy in which a group...
Last year I reported on Adoption Day; today I adopted my son there
 On Nov. 3, 2016, I walked through the doors of Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center a shell of my former self. I was attending an uplifting event — the 15th annual Austin Adoption Day, where the city celebrates the creation of “forever families” for children being adopted out of the foster care system — but I was...

Posted: 16 days ago

On Nov. 3, 2016, I walked through the doors of Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center a shell of my former self. I was attending an uplifting event — the 15th annual Austin Adoption Day, where the city celebrates the creation of “forever families” for children being adopted out of the foster care system — but I was...
Love live music? Southwest Airlines offering in-flight pop-up concerts
 If you’ve ever wished you could see a concert from 35,000 feet, you’re in luck. Thanks to Southwest Airlines’ Live at 35 in-air
                        concert series, lucky passengers aboard select flights can do just that. 
                        
                           
                           Devin Dawson performs...

Posted: 22 days ago

If you’ve ever wished you could see a concert from 35,000 feet, you’re in luck. Thanks to Southwest Airlines’ Live at 35 in-air concert series, lucky passengers aboard select flights can do just that. Devin Dawson performs...
Madeleine Albright talks pins, politics during Austin visit
 Madeleine Albright made headlines when she was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time. But during those four years as secretary of state under President Bill Clinton and in her time earlier as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, she also gained attention...

Posted: 23 days ago

Madeleine Albright made headlines when she was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time. But during those four years as secretary of state under President Bill Clinton and in her time earlier as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, she also gained attention...
Sorry, parents, one of this year’s hottest Christmas gifts is already selling out
 It’s mid-October. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If not, you may already be too late to snag one of this year’s hottest toys. The L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which is sold at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com and
            is the equivalent of last year’s...

6:56 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

It’s mid-October. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If not, you may already be too late to snag one of this year’s hottest toys. The L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which is sold at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com and is the equivalent of last year’s...