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.

An insider's guide to Hartford, Conn.

usatoday.com — Road Warrior Malcolm Munro offers tips for things to do - and not to do - in Hartford.

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.

Starwood's eco-friendly Element brand expands

usatoday.com — Starwood Hotels and Resorts is rapidly expanding its eco-friendly Element Hotels brand, more than doubling the number of properties in the next two years. The extended stay brand is on track to open its 15th hotel later this year. Another 19 properties will open in the next couple of years.

New .nyc domain name goes on sale

cnbc.com — The body that loosely regulates the Internet, known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has been reviewing applications for new names since January 2012. A few names that have already been approved are .photos, .expert, .guide, and .bikes. More From USA Today: Will buy-the-dip crowd rescue S&P 500 again?

New .nyc domain name goes on sale

usatoday.com — New York real estate is always in demand, and starting Wednesday, New Yorkers will get their chance to buy some -- on the Internet. The highly-anticipated .nyc top-level domain, which has only been available to a select group of non-profits and business owners, goes on sale to the general public today.
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