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Lori Zaino

Content Contributor

19 Published Articles

About Lori Zaino

Lori was born in Chicago but has lived in Madrid, Spain, for nearly two decades. Bilingual in Spanish and English (and forever attempting to learn Italian and Thai), she loves digging into diverse languages and cultures through travel.

Just as comfortable backpacking as she is at the Ritz, Lori loves creating budget-meets-luxe itineraries to far-flung, exotic destinations. An OG Ryanair flyer, Iberia expert, and Platinum Marriott Bonvoy member, she finds ways to maximize her points and miles to have unconventional and exciting travel experiences from Sri Lanka to Guatemala to Myanmar to Sicily.

She’s camped in the Malaysian jungle with orangutans, salsa danced the night away in Cuba, used her points and miles for Emirates first class, hiked Machu Picchu, and floated in the Dead Sea. These days, she’s introducing her 2-year-old son to the world of travel (he’s already lounged on the beaches of the Caribbean and seen the Eiffel Tower), but she still enjoys traveling solo, with friends, and with her husband. Her favorite destinations include southern Italy, Ibiza, and Thailand.

Lori has written for publications such as CNN, NBC, The Points Guy, Insider, Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Culture Trip, Viator, The Sun, The Infatuation, and beyond, and has been quoted in Travel & Leisure, TIME, MSN, Mic, and more. Lori has also been a guest on the Miles Away podcast and BYU Radio.

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Countries Visited: 58
U.S. States Visited: 40
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Platinum
Highest Airline Status:
American Airlines Platinum Pro
Favorite First Class: Emirates
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Qsuites
Favorite Airline Alliance: Oneworld
Best Redemption: Regularly transferring Chase and Amex points to Iberia for business class flights between ORD-MAD
Favorite Type of Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Chase Sapphire Reserve®, The Platinum Card® from American Express, Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

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Lori's Latest Articles

The 20+ Best European Honeymoon Destinations by Season, Budget & Interest

The rich sounds of opera wafting down a Venice canal from your gondola, holding hands atop the Eiffel Tower, a cabana overlooking the glittering Greek Aegean Sea … this is the kind of romance you can expect during a European…

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The 10 Best Caribbean Islands for an Unforgettable Honeymoon

Planning a wedding can be hard work. When it’s time for that coveted honeymoon, you probably want to lounge on dreamy, white-sand beaches, swim in crystal clear waters, and stay in some of the most romantic resorts in the world….

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Can You Live in a Hotel? [And Would You Even Want To?]

Julio Camba was a journalist that lived in room 338 at The Westin Palace, Madrid for nearly 20 years (more than 7,000 nights) from 1942 to 1962. Now a Marriott Bonvoy property, we’re asking the burning question: could you really…

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What Is “Bleisure Travel” and How Can It Benefit You?

As corporate and leisure travel have both bounced back after the COVID-19 pandemic, companies, travelers, and the travel industry itself are all figuring out how to navigate the “new normal” in the travel world, which includes concepts like revenge travel,…

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The 20 Best U.S. Wellness Retreats: Escapes for the Mind, Body & Soul

Wellness retreats are an easy way to enjoy a vacation while also taking the time to focus on your well-being. Whether it be a spa break, a yoga retreat, or a luxury wellness resort, a wellness retreat allows you to…

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The 12 Best Food Hotspots in Europe for Hungry Travelers

Gazing out over the Mediterranean, exploring medieval villages and castles, strolling regal gardens, and practicing your high-school French, German, Italian, or Spanish … these are all things that you probably envision when thinking about your next European vacation. But perhaps…

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The 12 Best All-inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana [2023]

Sometimes you want a vacation where you explore hidden gems, visit cultural sites, or head to every museum in town. Other times, you want to enjoy some fun in the sun. Those looking for the latter should head to Punta…

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A Review of Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm [And a Look at the New Atlantis The Royal]

There’s no shortage of luxurious and over-the-top hotels to choose from in the glittering city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. And if you’re searching for a place to stay in the city, Atlantis, The Palm should be a…

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Boost Your Wellbeing: The Complete Guide to Wellness Retreats

Wellness is not just a hyped-up term that refers to spiritual healing or cleansing your chakras with crystals. While it can refer to those more … eccentric … methods of restoration for the mind and body, wellness often just refers…

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Wellness Vacations: Hype or Healing? [Trends, Benefits, Destinations]

We’ve all been there: a rough few months, mounting work stress, constantly catching colds and flu, or forever trying to drop those last few pounds or quit smoking. Ask anyone if they’d love a few extra hours of sleep; the…

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The Best Places To Sit on a Plane for Less Turbulence

You’ve finally found a comfortable position scrunched up in your tiny plane seat, so you close your eyes for a much-needed nap. Then, out of nowhere, you feel the plane begin to move. Your eyes pop open, and the pilot…

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28 Fun Things To Do in Madrid, Spain [2023]

The Spanish capital is often overlooked in favor of beachy Mediterranean hubs like Barcelona or inviting Andalusian towns like Seville. But Madrid has so much to offer visitors, from cuisine to culture and nightlife with a taste of the “real”…

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11 Luxury Bangkok Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand, is known for its dazzling temples, flavorful street food, enormous shopping malls, and vibrant energy. From crowded street markets to iconic nightlife, the city never seems to sleep. But you might need to, and…

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15 Things To Know About Booking Rental Cars (And What To Avoid)

Renting a car seems like a basic process and is likely something you’ve done before. But, there are some things to know about renting a car that can save you time, energy, and money. Whether you’re a beginner to the…

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The 10 Best All-inclusive Resorts in the Dominican Republic [2023]

Crystalline sands, glittering clear waters, and happy-go-lucky fun in the sun — this is what a vacation in the gorgeous country of the Dominican Republic is all about. While there’s plenty of culture to experience and exploring to do in…

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Where To Travel in Europe This Summer 2023 [Beaches, Ruins, Culture & More]

The World Tourism Organization predicts Europe will see pre-pandemic levels of tourism and international arrivals, despite inflation and a “challenging economic climate.”1 Kayak’s data shows searches to Europe for summer travel are up 77% from last year.2 And on a…

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How To Check In Early at a Hotel (14 Tips for Early Hotel Check-in)

It’s 7 a.m., and you’ve just landed in Europe on a red-eye flight. We’ve all been there: You couldn’t sleep on your flight and were squished into a tiny economy seat. To make matters worse, there was turbulence, crying children,…

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Top 10 International Beach Destinations for Summer 2023

Despite inflation, potentially short-staffed airports, and possible baggage chaos, more than 30% of Americans plan to travel internationally this year.¹ In fact, heading abroad and beach trips are some of the most popular vacations this year according to booking data from…

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12 Tips To Save Money on (And Survive) Summer Travel [2023]

If you’re planning to travel this summer, you may be feeling the pain of sticker shock — prices seem exorbitant for just about everything, including hotels, airfare, vacation rentals, car rentals, train tickets … and the list goes on. While…

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Andrew Kunesh

Former Content Contributor

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.

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