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).

127 Articles by Lori Zaino

Should You Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in Cuba?

Free drinks! — that’s what immediately pops into my mind whenever someone starts talking to me about all-inclusive resorts. It’s not really my style of vacation, some people say it’s the only way to go. On a recent trip to Cuba, I decided to see what all the fuss is about. Europeans, Latin Americans and Canadians flock…

Which Cards Give You Virtual Priority Pass Lounge Access?

Many credit cards offer Priority Pass lounge access, and in late 2015, digital membership cards became available.  Thanks to this feature, if you have an eligible card you can download the app (available for both iOS and Android) to gain “virtual access” to lounges, meaning you don’t have to show your physical card. However, not all cards…

Why the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Is Ideal for Living or Traveling Abroad

Living abroad, I have to be fairly selective about my credit card choices. It’s just too complicated to have more than five or six cards, as most of my banking is done in Spain with a Spanish bank account and Spanish credit cards. However, when the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card came out last month, I…

Review: Havana’s Iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba

TO THE POINT: Hotel Nacional makes for a memorable stay whether it’s your first or fifth trip to Havana. The pros: great location overlooking the malecon seawalk, cinematic history and beautiful grounds. The cons: dated rooms, strange blue carpeting and expensive Wi-Fi. Note: Each Cuban Convertible Peso, or CUC, referred to in the review below, is equivalent to 1 US dollar….

Where to Find the Best Views in Havana, Cuba

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the best spots in Cuba’s capital city where you can enjoy views of Havana from above. (All photos are by Darrel Hunter unless otherwise specified). 1. Bar Piscina Mirador at Hotel Saratoga This spot is ideal if you want to take in some amazing Havana views while soaking up some serious…

Long Layover? Take a Free City Tour at One of These Airports

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights seven airports where you can take advantage of complimentary city tours, a special perk offered by airlines for passengers with especially long layovers. Because who wants to sit around in the airport all day anyway? Have you ever been dreading a flight because of a long connection? These seven airports…

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…