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.

Amtrak adding bag fee for excess or overweight luggage — Amtrak is cracking down on passengers who try to board their trains with too many bags. Starting Oct. 1, passengers who exceed the limit of two carry-on bags and two personal items will have to pay $20 for each bag that is in excess.
Sep 30, 2015

Amtrak adding bag fee for excess or overweight luggage via @usatoday @amtrak #amtrak

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Best Western introduces new name, logo and boutique hotel brand — Best Western International, the 69-year-old hotel company that started modestly with roadside inns, is re-inventing itself with a new name, logos and brand. Best Western Hotels and Resorts, as it will be called, will debut a new, more contemporary master brand logo for the first time since 1993.
Sep 30, 2015

Best Western introduces new name, logo and boutique hotel brand via @usatodaytravel @bestwestern #hotels

Sep 30, 2015

RT @nancytrejos: Best Western introduces new name, logo and boutique hotel brand via @usatodaytravel @bestwestern #hotels

JFK's iconic TWA terminal to become a hotel complex — The historic TWA Terminal at New York's JFK Airport will be preserved as part of a new on-site hotel. (Photo: MARILYN FENOLLOSA) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the formal approval of a lease deal to turn the iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex.

Carly Fiorina jokes about Putin during ‘Tonight Show’ appearance — NEW YORK - Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a formidable adversary" and joked that Putin and Donald Trump "actually have a lot in common" during a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday.

TripAdvisor's most unexpected popular attractions — USA TODAY visited three of these TripAdvisor gems to find out why they catapulted near the top of the rankings. Tenement Museum, New York: No. 17 out of 1,673 attractions TripAdvisor Comment: "So interesting.

TripAdvisor's most unexpected popular attractions — Everyone has heard of Central Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Vegas Strip. All three are among the most popular attractions in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index. But as travelers increasingly rely on each other for advice on where to go and what to do, some unusual attractions are popping up near the top of the list.
Aug 14, 2015

My latest with @ashnday: TripAdvisor's most unexpected popular attractions via @usatoday @tripadvisor #tripadvisor

In Montreal, everything makes it onto the plate — Jean-Michel Leblond never intended to open a restaurant. After traveling around the world honing his mixology skills, he returned to his home province of Quebec to concentrate on cooking in Montreal. Five years ago, he started a pop-up food club.

What's new in New York City this summer — New York City always lives up to its name. It's constantly evolving with new attractions, hotels, restaurants and bars hitting the scene. Our New York-based correspondents Ashley Day and Nancy Trejos fill you in on all the new places to check out this summer.

NOLA's Brennan's gets a new look, menu — For decades, Brennan's restaurant was known all over New Orleans for its lively breakfast. "Breakfast at Brennan's" had a cult following. Starting as early as 8 a.m. people would would show up to eat heaps of food and drink loads of alcohol.

Puerto Rico's food evolves — 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.
Feb 25, 2015

My latest video: Puerto Rico's cuisine: Evolving beyond plantains… via @expfoodandwine

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Oct 08, 2015

Lovely lunch and conversation with @TheLanghamHotel CEO Robert Warman at @AiFiori, wh/has a Michelin star. #hotels

Oct 08, 2015

I'm at Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue - @langhamplaceny in New York, NY

Oct 08, 2015

The Rink at Rockefeller Center opens Oct. 13 w/a performance by Olympic Dancing Gold Medalists Meryl Davis &Charlie White. @rockcenterrink

Oct 07, 2015

Do I ever get tired of this view? No! Taken at @theskylarknyc. @montagehotels #montagememories #hotels #nycrooftops

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