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

Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?
 Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...

Posted: a day ago

Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...
Radio personality Bobby Bones announces stint on ‘American Idol’
 Look out, “American Idol” fans. Bobby Bones is on his way.  Bones, the 37-year-old host of the country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations,
            told his millions of listeners Wednesday morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Look out, “American Idol” fans. Bobby Bones is on his way. Bones, the 37-year-old host of the country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations, told his millions of listeners Wednesday morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol&rdquo...
Despite some sparks of brilliance, ‘Early Man’ falls flat
 It’s not every day that you get to see a caveman buddy comedy. And it’s certainly not every day that that caveman buddy comedy has a soccer twist. So I was hopeful that Aardman Animations’ “Early Man” would be a breath of fresh, prehistoric air. But while the movie shines at times, its surprisingly stale storyline...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s not every day that you get to see a caveman buddy comedy. And it’s certainly not every day that that caveman buddy comedy has a soccer twist. So I was hopeful that Aardman Animations’ “Early Man” would be a breath of fresh, prehistoric air. But while the movie shines at times, its surprisingly stale storyline...
Man honors wife’s memory after buying her flowers for 59 years 
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...
For 59 years, he brought her flowers. See how he honors her memory now
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...

Posted: 13 days ago

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...
A mom’s mantra: Remember to dance in the rain
 When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...

Posted: 15 days ago

When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...
Got Olympic fever? Give curling a whirl
 On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...

Posted: 17 days ago

On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...
Send us your Disney memories
 If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...

Posted: 22 days ago

If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...
Peacock on a plane? What airline policies say about emotional support animals

Posted: 25 days ago

By now, you’ve probably seen photos of the woman who showed up at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this week with her emotional support peacock, hoping to board the plane. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthejetsettv%2Fposts%2F1775303159168980&width=500 According...
But first, let me take a selfie
 Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...

Posted: 29 days ago

Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...
A Southwest Louisiana weekend
 Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...

6:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...