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.

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.

Check into a hotel with your smartphone

usatoday.com — 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

usatoday.com — 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

usatoday.com — 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.

Hilton introduces new lifestyle brand

usatoday.com — Hilton Worldwide will introduce a new lifestyle brand for leisure and business travelers in urban and secondary markets around the world, the company announced today. The new Canopy by Hilton brand will debut in 2015. Hilton has already signed 11 letters of intent for properties in cities such as Miami, San Diego, Nashville, London, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C.

Pop into these fall pop-ups

experience.usatoday.com — 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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Dec 22, 2014

My latest: Hotels revamp guest rooms for Millennial travelers usat.ly/16GULgu via @usatoday #hotels

Dec 20, 2014

The puffy coat is making its first appearance of the season. I look like an oven mitt. #nycwinter

Dec 20, 2014

Bradley Cooper was excellent in the Elephant Man. Love Patricia Clarkson too. #broadway #ElephantMan

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ExpFoodandWine: @nancytrejos explores the story behind New Orleans' #Reveillon meals ow.ly/Gc40e feat. @antoinesnola

Dec 19, 2014

Working on some more #Cuba travel stories. Hoping to make it down there soon! #travel

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