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.

Puerto Rico's food evolves

experience.usatoday.com — Jose Santaella has set out to prove that Puerto Rican cuisine goes far beyond mofongo, the typical dish of mashed up plaintains with shrimp or other proteins mixed in. Not that there's anything wrong with mofongo. It's delicious, but Santaella, one of Puerto Rico's most celebrated chefs, is trying to redefine the island's traditional cuisine, which combines African, French, Spanish and Caribbean flavors.

The Cromwell Las Vegas debuts keyless entry

experience.usatoday.com — Guests at The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the Vegas Strip, won't have to worry about losing their keycards to get into their rooms anymore. The Cromwell is now letting guests open all 188 hotel room doors with their mobile phones.

Craft beer cellars

experience.usatoday.com — Craft beers are now getting the same nurturing that wines have been getting for years - literally. Bars across America are now treating craft beers as they do wines, storing them in temperature-controlled cellars for a decade or more. The best beers for aging have to have higher alcohol levels, such as imperial stouts.

Hot in Las Vegas: Divorce parties

experience.usatoday.com — 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

experience.usatoday.com — 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'

experience.usatoday.com — 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'

experience.usatoday.com — 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

usatoday.com — 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

usatoday.com — 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.
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Mar 02, 2015

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Mar 02, 2015

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Mar 02, 2015

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Mar 01, 2015

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Mar 01, 2015

The view from a suite at the #JadeHotel #NYC. Photo gallery on awesome hotel suites to come! @usatodaytravel pic.twitter.com/AyJqfqB4y1

Feb 27, 2015

@Amtrak great. Can you also tell me when train 2159 will leave for DC? It is now 12 minutes late.

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