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.

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

The Cromwell Las Vegas debuts keyless entry — 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.
Feb 06, 2015

At the new Cromwell in Vegas, your phone is the key via @USATODAY @expvegas #vegas #hotels

Feb 06, 2015

RT @ExpLasVegas: @CromwellVegas is now letting guests open all 188 hotel room doors with their mobile phones via @nancytrejos

Craft beer cellars — 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 — 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.
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Aug 29, 2015

.@Amtrak, what is new etd for train 195 from NY to DC? Not getting much info here. #amtrak

Aug 29, 2015

Saturday morning in Penn Station. Entrance from subway closed, escalator not working, @Amtrak train to DC delayed. #funtimes

Aug 27, 2015

Hey @amtrak, why do you claim to be available for customer calls until midnight? Tried to get through several mins ago. Got the recording.

Aug 27, 2015

LIVE on #Periscope: Another angle of Rafael Nadal playing ping pong at the New York Palace Hotel.…

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