Meet Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Travel Journalist and Lover of Haiti


This week’s guest is Rosalind Cumming-Yeates, an award-winning journalist, author and arts critic specializing in travel and culture. Much of Rosalind’s work centers on the Caribbean and she had the privilege to travel last year to Haiti’s Festival International de Jazz de Port-Au-Prince. She considered the trip one of the highlights of her life, an especially poignant assesment after Donald Trump’s unsavory comments about Haiti. Learn more about Rosalind after the jump and listen to the episode on Wednesday to discover why Haiti should be on your travel bucket list.

1) What was your first trip?

My first international trip was with my family on a cruise to the Bahamas as a teen. My first semi- independent trip was to Switzerland, Austria and Italy with my alumni group after I graduated.

2) Who’s been your best travel companion?

My best travel companion is my best friend Sheila, we went to Cuba last summer and had so much fun.

3) What are three things you always take with you when you travel?

I always wear a scarf because it’s freezing on planes, I always have a book and magazines and I always have some sort of moonstone jewelry.

4) What’s your favorite souvenir you’ve acquired?

Favorite souvenir is hard because I collect a lot of art and artisan pieces that I love, but the most treasured is probably the Gullah bible that was given to me by Gullah historian Ron Daise in St. Helena, South Carolina.

5) Give us one reason why you travel.

One reason I travel is to experience other cultures and perspectives.

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