Lori Zaino

International Contributor

Lori Zaino
Lori has been living in Madrid, Spain since 2008 when she left New York City in search of an adventure. She shares her travel knowledge and tips on the Points Guy in addition to traveling around Europe and Asia to report on and photograph fashion, travel and lifestyle for a number of different outlets. Lori is a lover of boutique hotels, red wine, foreign languages, yoga and anything and everything Italian. Despite her love for fashion and couture, she feels perfectly at home backpacking through Southeast Asia, her favorite travel spot, and is always up for exploring a new destination.

Lori works to create 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 lori@thepointsguy.com. You can also follow her travel and fashion adventures via Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (stylemadrid).

121 Articles by Lori Zaino

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: The World’s Biggest Beagle

Our new series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the craziest, most unique properties around the globe, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. Here, she guides us through a hotel in the shape of a giant beagle. (All photos are courtesy of the hotel.) I’m always on…

Traveling to Turkey in the Wake of the Military Coup

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino shares her experiences in Istanbul following last week’s failed military coup in Turkey. (All photos are by the author). I’d booked a trip from Madrid (MAD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on Turkish Airlines a few months ago, adding a 15-hour layover at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) after realizing that Turkish Airlines transit passengers can…

How to Pick the Perfect Cuban Destination For You

Just back from a three-week trip to Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the best places to visit so you can decide where to go first. (All photos are by Darrel Hunter unless otherwise specified). Cuba offers so much beyond its capital city of Havana, and thanks to new flights launching this September on Silver Airways and American…

The Great Pizza Debate: Naples vs. Rome

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino has graciously packed on the pounds sampling pizza in Rome and Naples — for research purposes, of course. (All photos are by the author.) Italy is home to what may be the world’s most beloved comfort food: pizza! Naples is known for having some of the best in the world, but many…

10 Essential Things To Know Before Your First Trip To Cuba

Upon returning from her second three-week visit exploring Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino explains everything you need to know before heading there. All photos are by Darrel Hunter. With a recent ease in travel restrictions to Cuba and exciting news that nonstop flights between the US and Cuba are officially launching this September, many Americans are planning to…

12 Rooftop Hotel Pools to Cool Off in This Summer

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the coolest rooftop hotel pools in the world so you can beat the heat this summer in style. (All images are courtesy of each respective hotel). Summer has officially arrived and I’ll bet I’m not the only one secretly longing for a refreshing dip in a pool followed by a delicious cocktail….

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

TPG Staff Picks for Best Luggage

Are you in the market for some new luggage? TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino recently asked TPG’s editorial staff to share their favorite suitcases. Here are their recommendations for your next great travel bag, plus a few of her own.  TPG readers are constantly asking us about our favorite luggage and wondering what bags and suitcases…

How to Pick the Perfect Thai Island Paradise For You

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for choosing the perfect Thai island paradise for you, outlining the perks of some of the most popular islands in order to help you find one or two that suit your needs. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified).  With hundreds of islands scattered across the Gulf of…

5 Money-Saving Tips For Traveling Around Europe

Today, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips and tricks for using points and miles for getting around Europe. (All photos are by the author unless otherwise noted.) Chances are, you’re planing to visit more than one European city — or country — while you’re in the area. If you’ve managed to bank a ton…