Lori Zaino

International Correspondent

Lori ZainoAfter graduating from University of Arizona in 2006, Lori headed straight for New York City. A couple years later she decided to leave her desk job as a fashion buyer behind, and move to Madrid to get a master's degree in Spanish and simultaneously explore as much of Europe as possible. Lori has been residing in Spain for the past 6 years and travels around the world to report on fashion shows and menswear trends for online magazine "Best Dressed Man on the Planet,” while also covering women’s fashion for her own website, “Life and Style Madrid”. Additionally, she is a personal shopper for foreigners traveling to Madrid and shares her knowledge of points and travel on The Points Guy.

When she’s not writing, you can find her learning Italian, practicing yoga, learning about (and consuming) Spanish Rioja vino and of course, traveling as much as she can. Some of her favorite vacation spots include The Greek Islands, Seoul, Mexico City, Budapest, every square inch of Italy, and any Mediterranean beach town.

Lori helps with creating online content for the Points Guy and loves to help people organize trips around Europe, so feel free to email her with any questions at [email protected].

Articles by Lori Zaino

10 Unexpected Things I Learned On My First Trip to Southeast Asia

August 27, 2014

Foreign correspondent Lori Zaino just returned from an incredible five week trip through Southeast Asia. Here, she recounts the most surprising encounters from her journey, packed with travel tips you can use. Fully vaccinated and backpack in tow, I embarked on my first journey through Southeast Asia for five weeks. In Thailand I visited Bangkok, Koh Samui and […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Bergamo, Italy

August 1, 2014

TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes us on a tour of Bergamo, Italy, a city with a double identity. It has both a Medieval Città Alta (high city) and a modern Città Bassa (low city). Set at the base of the Italian Alps about 25 miles northeast of Milan, Bergamo is filled with warm Italian locals, mouthwatering cuisine and […]

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Hotel Review: W Bangkok

July 30, 2014

TPG Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino is off on a whirlwind trip to Southeast Asia. She recently stayed at the W Bangkok. Here’s her review of the hotel Bangkok, Thailand is a city of six million. For my two day stopover en route to other destinations in Asia, I simply wanted a hotel where I could escape […]

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Summer Festival Fun in Edinburgh

July 25, 2014

Summer in Edinburgh is a magical time according to TPG contributor Lori Zaino. Temps reach the soaring height of about 20 degrees Celsius on average (68 degrees Fahrenheit)  and everyone is ready to rock n’ roll after a long, hard winter. If you want to visit this lovely city, your best bet is July or August […]

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Spanish Summer Adventures: Asturias, Alicante & Gran Canaria

July 8, 2014

You’ve used your points to get you to Madrid or Barcelona. Hurrah! Now what? It’s boiling hot in the urban jungle, and not a Spanish city dweller in sight (all have long since fled to their country homes and beach apartments). Madrid-based contributor Lori Zaino suggests you hop on a train/plane/automobile and head straight out of the city […]

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Maximizing Points in Wedding Season: Miles Registries & More

July 5, 2014

Wedding season is in full swing, and there’s a good chance you’ve got a few to attend this summer. Considering the cost of gifts on top of airfare and hotels, wedding expenses can add up quickly, especially if you’re involved in the wedding party (or if you’re the one getting married). To help offset some of those costs, TPG […]

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5 European Beaches Perfect For A Summer Getaway

July 3, 2014

Beach getaways in Europe are practically a religion. Visit almost any large European city in July or August and it will feel noticeably empty. Why? Because everyone’s at the beach, of course. Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the best European beach destinations, appropriate for both European city dwellers and foreign tourists anxious for a a little sun […]

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Tips for Traveling Through Spain By Train

June 26, 2014

In Europe, trains can easily be the best way to get around, especially in Spain. I asked Madrid based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to delve into Spanish train travel: routes, tips and more to make your train travel through Spain easy and painless. If you ask anyone in Spain, they will tell you they prefer […]

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My Madrid: Eat, Drink, Play, Amor

June 21, 2014

Today we introduce you to another of the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations they call home. Today, meet Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino and her Madrid. When I arrived in Madrid in 2008, exhausted and overworked […]

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A Food Lovers Guide To Mexico City

May 29, 2014

Mexico City, or Distrito Federal/ D.F. as the locals call it is Mexico’s sprawling capital city, as well as one of the world’s top culinary destinations. Although it may seem intimidating, this city is well worth a visit, especially if you’re a foodie itching to sample local specialties like tamales or tortas. TPG contributor Lori Zaino, lover […]

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Low(er)-Cost Carriers In Australia And New Zealand

May 27, 2014

TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes a look at few low/lower cost airlines that operate in Australia and New Zealand. If you have any experience or have suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments. Simply put, Australia and New Zealand are far away from the US. When all is said and done, you’re […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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6 Great Places to Get Tapas in Madrid

May 9, 2014

One of the reasons Madrid is one of my favorite cities in the world is because of it’s amazing food, especially tapas.  Spanish tapas are small plates of food ordered in bars to “picar” (snack on) for dinner or lunch-it’s possible to “tapear” at any point of the day or night. Who better to ask […]

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10 Amazing European Islands That You May Not Know About

May 6, 2014

In the spirit of our “off the beaten path” initiative, we asked TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to pull together a list of island paradises that are far less visited than Capri or Mykonos. You might think of the Caribbean or Southeast Asia, but the gorgeous isles featured here are all in Europe, making them the […]

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Destination Edition: A Romantic Weekend In Paris

May 2, 2014

Paris may just be one of the most romantic cities in the world, and not just because of the typical Eiffel Tower proposals and whispers of French wafting on the breeze over the Seine. This chic city is filled with secret spots for lovers to tryst, and there are so many intimate places to see […]

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Maximizing Train Travel Around Europe and Deciding When It Actually Makes Sense

April 25, 2014

Train travel through Europe is becoming increasingly popular, despite the onset of ever more low-cost airlines. It’s usually no cheaper than flying, and sometimes takes longer. So why are Europeans consistently choosing train travel? We asked Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to clue us in on what is so great about train travel, and how […]

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10 Strategies For Organizing A Budget Trip To Rome

April 18, 2014

You might notice a change in the title of our destination series. While for the past two years we’ve been featuring a Destination of the Week with information on using miles to get there and points to stay at various hotels, we’re branching out and trying something new we’re calling Destination Edition. Posts in our […]

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Destination Edition: Top 7 Emerging European Travel Spots In 2014

April 11, 2014

You might notice a change in the title of our destination series. While for the past two years we’ve been featuring a Destination of the Week with information on using miles to get there and points to stay at various hotels, we’re branching out and trying something new we’re calling Destination Edition. Posts in our […]

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Maximizing Low Cost Carriers In Asia and the Middle East

March 31, 2014

Getting to Asia from the United States can often be a pricey experience (unless you’ve used miles, of course – and even then if there are fuel surcharges). Once you’ve arrived in Asia, you have endless options and extremely large territory to cover – especially if you plan to visit several countries during your time […]

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Top 10 Ways To Survive A Ryanair Flight

March 25, 2014

Veteran low-cost traveler and TPG contributor Lori Zaino offers some valuable advice on how to fly on notorious budget carrier Ryanair. These tips and tricks might just get you to your destination without (too many!) stressful moments and crazy last-minute fees. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair can certainly be cheap, and a lot of folks decide […]

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Maximizing Low Cost Carriers in Europe

November 11, 2013

Traveling through Europe by plane can get pricey – especially if you need a few positioning flights to get you to a hub where you can catch an award flight to or from the US, or to travel to several destinations on the continent once you’re already there – so flying low-cost airlines is a […]

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Destination of the Week: Milan

November 8, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are going to a northern Italian city that often gets criticized for being too industrial, but is one of the most fashionable destinations in the world.  It is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and so much to do and see. It boasts one of the […]

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10 Obsessive Behaviors of Miles and Point Junkies

October 15, 2013

I love Buzzfeed’s witty, belly laugh-inducing Top lists like the 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted To The Real Housewives (which might or might not be my favorite). Lists are great way to procrastinate on getting anything […]

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Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points

September 24, 2013

Lately Buzzfeed has been on a roll filling up my Facebook newsfeed with witty Top lists that at times have made me laugh out loud like a lunatic. Whether it is 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted […]

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