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

5 tips for planning a bat-centric Austin staycation
 Recently I had a revelation. Despite growing up in Austin and spending most of my life here, I had never seen the famous Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bats. With bat season now in full swing (it’s March-October), I decided the time had come to correct that. So my husband and I planned a bat-centric staycation for ourselves and...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Recently I had a revelation. Despite growing up in Austin and spending most of my life here, I had never seen the famous Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bats. With bat season now in full swing (it’s March-October), I decided the time had come to correct that. So my husband and I planned a bat-centric staycation for ourselves and...
A letter to my son on his pre-K graduation day
 To my son, Tonight I watched you and your classmates take the balloon-adorned stage at your pre-K graduation as 100 iPhone-wielding parents documented every move. You were hard to miss in the center of the group, wearing a button-up shirt your sisters dressed you in and waving broadly to your dad and me. It’s difficult to believe that...

Posted: 10 hours ago

To my son, Tonight I watched you and your classmates take the balloon-adorned stage at your pre-K graduation as 100 iPhone-wielding parents documented every move. You were hard to miss in the center of the group, wearing a button-up shirt your sisters dressed you in and waving broadly to your dad and me. It’s difficult to believe that...
Is Frontier really offering $15 flights from Austin to Portland, Seattle and other cities?
 The latest deal announced by Frontier Airlines earlier today sounds too good to be true — $15 flights from Austin to a variety
            of destinations including Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Albuquerque, Reno and Providence. So can you actually go online and book a $15 flight? Sort of. A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International...

Posted: a day ago

The latest deal announced by Frontier Airlines earlier today sounds too good to be true — $15 flights from Austin to a variety of destinations including Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Albuquerque, Reno and Providence. So can you actually go online and book a $15 flight? Sort of. A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International...
Varios lugares donde celebrar el próximo cumpleaños de tu hijo
 A todos nos ha pasado, el cumpleaños de nuestros hijos se acerca y no sabemos qué hacer para la fiesta de este año. Les sugerimos aquí algunas ideas para celebrar a los pequeños, que van desde lo clásico de Austin hasta lo más novedoso. Austin clásico
            
               Playland...

Posted: 9 days ago

A todos nos ha pasado, el cumpleaños de nuestros hijos se acerca y no sabemos qué hacer para la fiesta de este año. Les sugerimos aquí algunas ideas para celebrar a los pequeños, que van desde lo clásico de Austin hasta lo más novedoso. Austin clásico Playland...
Traveling this summer? Don’t miss this Southwest Airlines sale
 If you’ve been dreaming of a summer getaway, Southwest Airlines might have a solution for you. Today through Friday, Southwest
            is offering its annual summer sale with fares for June-August travel as low as $49 each way. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images...

Posted: 10 days ago

If you’ve been dreaming of a summer getaway, Southwest Airlines might have a solution for you. Today through Friday, Southwest is offering its annual summer sale with fares for June-August travel as low as $49 each way. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images...
Where to watch the royal wedding in Austin and other things to know
 With the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just days away, royal wedding fever is hitting an all-time high. Whether
            you’re looking for a place to watch with fellow Anglophiles in Austin on Saturday morning or contemplating a trip across the
            pond to trace their royal footsteps, we’ve got ideas....

Posted: 10 days ago

With the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just days away, royal wedding fever is hitting an all-time high. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch with fellow Anglophiles in Austin on Saturday morning or contemplating a trip across the pond to trace their royal footsteps, we’ve got ideas....
New business helps Austinites rethink the stink of their trash cans
 Soggy diapers. Rotten banana peels. Week-old shrimp. And that brown liquid that collects in a trash can and cements wayward wrappers, coffee filters and paper scraps to the bottom like a disgusting papier-mâché project. With 17 combined years working in the waste industry, Eric Viele and his brother-in-law Todd Weathers had regularly...

Posted: 12 days ago

Soggy diapers. Rotten banana peels. Week-old shrimp. And that brown liquid that collects in a trash can and cements wayward wrappers, coffee filters and paper scraps to the bottom like a disgusting papier-mâché project. With 17 combined years working in the waste industry, Eric Viele and his brother-in-law Todd Weathers had regularly...
The royal treatment: Making like a queen in the United Kingdom
 The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle is just days away, and London is sparkling as if it’s been dusted in glitter by an unbridled 5-year-old. Cardboard cutouts of the prince and Markle, the first American to marry into the royal family since 1937, peek out of gift shops and pubs throughout town and in the countryside...

Posted: 15 days ago

The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle is just days away, and London is sparkling as if it’s been dusted in glitter by an unbridled 5-year-old. Cardboard cutouts of the prince and Markle, the first American to marry into the royal family since 1937, peek out of gift shops and pubs throughout town and in the countryside...
30 ideas for your kid’s next birthday party in and around Austin
 We’ve all been there: Our child’s birthday is fast approaching, and we are completely out of ideas for this year’s party. Never fear. We’ve put together 30 ideas ranging from Austin classics to sizzling summer hot spots sure to get your wheels turning. This list is by no means comprehensive. Have more ideas? Email...

Posted: 15 days ago

We’ve all been there: Our child’s birthday is fast approaching, and we are completely out of ideas for this year’s party. Never fear. We’ve put together 30 ideas ranging from Austin classics to sizzling summer hot spots sure to get your wheels turning. This list is by no means comprehensive. Have more ideas? Email...
5 things you may not know about the upcoming royal wedding
 The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle is less than two weeks away, and Anglophiles across the world
            are abuzz with excitement 
            about the royal affair. If you haven’t been keeping up, here are five things you might not know about the royal wedding on May 19, including a possible
     ...

Posted: 17 days ago

The wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle is less than two weeks away, and Anglophiles across the world are abuzz with excitement about the royal affair. If you haven’t been keeping up, here are five things you might not know about the royal wedding on May 19, including a possible ...
5 tips for planning a bat-centric Austin staycation
 Recently I had a revelation. Despite growing up in Austin and spending most of my life here, I had never seen the famous Ann
            Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bats. With bat season now in full swing (it’s March-October), I decided the time had come
            to correct that. People line the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge...

Posted: 25 days ago

Recently I had a revelation. Despite growing up in Austin and spending most of my life here, I had never seen the famous Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bats. With bat season now in full swing (it’s March-October), I decided the time had come to correct that. People line the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge...