Travel writer/hotels reporter for @USATODAY. Author of personal finance book Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too. Georgetown Hoya.

Hot in Las Vegas: Divorce parties — LAS VEGAS -- Joe Siquig didn't have a bachelor party before getting married four years ago. So four years later, he finally threw the epic party he didn't get to have. But this time, it was for his divorce.

Learn to gamble on a Las Vegas casino floor with free lessons — LAS VEGAS - The house usually has the advantage in the casino pit. But at many Vegas casinos, the house is giving away some of its upper hand by teaching its patrons how to win. A number of casinos on and off the Strip offer free lessons on some of the most popular games, including Texas hold 'em, craps, blackjack, roulette and pai gow.

Bar hop in Puerto Rico's 'chinchorros' — MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO - A good Puerto Rican chinchorro must have one thing and lack another: cheap beer and air conditioning. Louis O'Halloran, an Irishman who has lived in Puerto Rico for 30 years, explains this to me as we drink a local Medalla beer and ignore the sweat dripping from our foreheads.

Puerto Rico's other coast: 'An easier life' — GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - The three-mile trail to the abandoned fort on top of the U.S. Park System's only dry forest seems easy enough to tackle. A clear path to the "Fuerte" lies ahead, surrounded by shrubs and cacti, vegetation you would not expect to find on a tropical island.

Find the best holiday shopping in New York City — Millions of out-of-towners visit New York City for the holidays, and many are in search of unique gifts to bring home. Our New York-based correspondents Ashley Day and Nancy Trejos steer you to some of the city's best shop-ops. Flagships No other department store is as tied to the holiday season as Macy's, which produces the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

An insider's guide to Hartford, Conn.

Sting takes his Last Ship to a cruise ship — Sting's new Broadway musical is called "The Last Ship." So it was quite apropos for him to perform aboard Cunard Cruise Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 last week. Sting sang selections from the musical as well as a couple of old hits-"Every Breath You take" and "Message in a Bottle"-in the ship's Royal Court Theatre to a small audience of invited guests.

Check into a hotel with your smartphone — Imagine arriving at a hotel and going straight to your room. That may happen soon at hotels across the country. Starting Wednesday, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will introduce SPG Keyless, a program that will allow guests to check into -and get into--their rooms through their Smartphones via an app.

Business travelers get creative to keep expenses down — Andrew Naugle, a management consultant in Seattle, has come up with a number of strategies to save his company money when he travels for work. He takes public transportation instead of a taxi from the airport to the hotel. He rents cars outside of the airport because they are less expensive.

Pop into these fall pop-ups — Who needs brick and mortar? Pop-ups have become a popular way for chefs or restaurants to try out new concepts or share old ones with those who've never tried them. This fall season is bringing a slew of pop-ups around the country, serving everything from coffee to barbecue to lobster rolls.
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Jan 29, 2015

My roundup of news from the #ALISconference in LA, inc. Marriott buying Canadian hotel chain Delta via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2015

Staying at the new Virgin Hotel! (@ Virgin Hotel in Chicago, IL)

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TodayInTheSky: NYC airports combine to set all-time passenger record in 2014 (pic: AP)

Jan 28, 2015

Quick stop on my way home to check out the new Virgin Hotel. (@ Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD))

Jan 28, 2015

Leaving California after an eventful 10 days. Sad to go! What a beautiful place.

Jan 28, 2015

Ugh. 3 and 1/2 hour flight from LA to Chicago on @united w/ no seatback in flight entertainment. Guess I will just work! (If there is wifi!)

Jan 28, 2015

Bean bag rocking chairs #atthemoxy, @MarriottIntl's new brand, which will make its way from Europe to the US. #ALIS

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