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

Berry picking, other spring fun worth a day trip from Austin
 The breezes are cool, the sky is blue and fruit is fresh. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to appreciate Texas’ beloved
            springtime activities (berry picking, anyone?), now’s the time. Here are four places where you can get a true dose of spring
            fun just down the road from Austin. Sweet Berry Farm...

Posted: a day ago

The breezes are cool, the sky is blue and fruit is fresh. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to appreciate Texas’ beloved springtime activities (berry picking, anyone?), now’s the time. Here are four places where you can get a true dose of spring fun just down the road from Austin. Sweet Berry Farm...
Start planning for summer! 5 water parks to consider across Texas
 Are you ready for summer? Temperatures are already starting to creep up, which means it won’t be long before we’re hitting
            those triple digits. Never fear! There are plenty of water parks across the state that are well equipped to keep you cool
            and calm. Here are five you might want to put on your summer...

Posted: 7 days ago

Are you ready for summer? Temperatures are already starting to creep up, which means it won’t be long before we’re hitting those triple digits. Never fear! There are plenty of water parks across the state that are well equipped to keep you cool and calm. Here are five you might want to put on your summer...
Did Bruce Springsteen attend the Austin Reggae Festival?
 Did you know Bruce Springsteen attended the Austin Reggae Festival in 2000? At least that’s the rumor. “He was playing a show at the Erwin Center on Monday and we’re pretty certain he showed up at the event, incognito, walked around a little bit,” said Hugh Forrest, Austin Reggae Festival co-organizer and an admitted...

Posted: 6 days ago

Did you know Bruce Springsteen attended the Austin Reggae Festival in 2000? At least that’s the rumor. “He was playing a show at the Erwin Center on Monday and we’re pretty certain he showed up at the event, incognito, walked around a little bit,” said Hugh Forrest, Austin Reggae Festival co-organizer and an admitted...
UT students learn to make it work for annual fashion show
 It really was like something out of “Project Runway.” There were 1,500 pieces of clothing on the floor of a small office, and Danielle Dowell, 23, had just minutes to pick 10 she felt she could transform into something that she would be proud to show on a runway in front of thousands of people. The words running through her head?...

Posted: 6 days ago

It really was like something out of “Project Runway.” There were 1,500 pieces of clothing on the floor of a small office, and Danielle Dowell, 23, had just minutes to pick 10 she felt she could transform into something that she would be proud to show on a runway in front of thousands of people. The words running through her head?...
Meet the guy behind TSA’s surprisingly hilarious Instagram account
 Need a good laugh? Look no further than the Transportation Security Administration. Yes, that TSA. Almost since its inception in 2013, the @TSA Instagram handle has been winning the internet thanks to its bizarre, shocking and surprisingly funny posts on life at the airport. “People don’t expect to come to a TSA Instagram account...

Posted: 10 days ago

Need a good laugh? Look no further than the Transportation Security Administration. Yes, that TSA. Almost since its inception in 2013, the @TSA Instagram handle has been winning the internet thanks to its bizarre, shocking and surprisingly funny posts on life at the airport. “People don’t expect to come to a TSA Instagram account...
Meet the man behind TSA’s surprisingly hilarious Instagram account
 Need a good laugh? Look no further than the Transportation Security Administration. Yes, that TSA. Almost since its inception in 2013, the @TSA Instagram handle has been winning the internet thanks to its bizarre, shocking
            and surprisingly funny posts on life at the airport. “People don’t expect to come to a TSA Instagram...

Posted: 18 days ago

Need a good laugh? Look no further than the Transportation Security Administration. Yes, that TSA. Almost since its inception in 2013, the @TSA Instagram handle has been winning the internet thanks to its bizarre, shocking and surprisingly funny posts on life at the airport. “People don’t expect to come to a TSA Instagram...
Ready to roll: Texas Rollergirls hit the track for 2018 season
 Jazz Daigle had heard all about Austin’s flat-track women’s roller derby league, the Texas Rollergirls. But it wasn’t until she watched one of their teams, the Hot Rod Honeys, “beat the brakes off” her Nashville Rollergirls teammates in 2016 that she took serious notice. The Hot Rod Honeys were cool. They were...

Posted: 26 days ago

Jazz Daigle had heard all about Austin’s flat-track women’s roller derby league, the Texas Rollergirls. But it wasn’t until she watched one of their teams, the Hot Rod Honeys, “beat the brakes off” her Nashville Rollergirls teammates in 2016 that she took serious notice. The Hot Rod Honeys were cool. They were...
A first-timer’s guide to Disney World
 My husband and I were not off to a magical beginning. There were roaches in our rental car. He had lost his luggage. And I had arrived at our sold-out hotel at midnight to learn that I, someone who purports herself as travel expert, had booked our stay for the wrong dates. Somebody stick propellers on our hats and alert the Disney authorities...

Posted: 26 days ago

My husband and I were not off to a magical beginning. There were roaches in our rental car. He had lost his luggage. And I had arrived at our sold-out hotel at midnight to learn that I, someone who purports herself as travel expert, had booked our stay for the wrong dates. Somebody stick propellers on our hats and alert the Disney authorities...
Former foster kid pays it forward with Round Rock emergency shelter
 It’s Friday night at the Central Texas Table of Grace, an emergency children’s shelter in Round Rock, and the house is buzzing. In one room, a 14-year-old expertly covers the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” on his electric guitar, while a pigtailed 12-year-old practices a cheer routine with shelter founder...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s Friday night at the Central Texas Table of Grace, an emergency children’s shelter in Round Rock, and the house is buzzing. In one room, a 14-year-old expertly covers the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” on his electric guitar, while a pigtailed 12-year-old practices a cheer routine with shelter founder...
5 things we learned at Tuesday’s SXSW ‘This Is Us’ cast panel
 SXSW can’t get enough “This Is Us.” Yesterday, stars of the NBC drama 
            strolled the red carpet before attending a screening of the season finale at the Paramount Theatre, and today they graced the stage in Ballroom D
            at the Austin Convention Center for the ‘This Is Us’ Cast Panel. The...

5:21 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

SXSW can’t get enough “This Is Us.” Yesterday, stars of the NBC drama strolled the red carpet before attending a screening of the season finale at the Paramount Theatre, and today they graced the stage in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center for the ‘This Is Us’ Cast Panel. The...
Stars of NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ hit red carpet for SXSW screening of season finale
 We promise: WE WILL NOT SPOIL THE SEASON FINALE OF “THIS IS US.” The finale, which screened Monday afternoon during the South by Southwest Film Festival, offered plenty of tears and plenty
            of laughs, too, to a packed audience at the Paramount Theatre. It airs Tuesday night on NBC. Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca...

6:06 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

We promise: WE WILL NOT SPOIL THE SEASON FINALE OF “THIS IS US.” The finale, which screened Monday afternoon during the South by Southwest Film Festival, offered plenty of tears and plenty of laughs, too, to a packed audience at the Paramount Theatre. It airs Tuesday night on NBC. Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca...