Twipper of the Week: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates from Farsighted Fly Girl

Current city: Chicago, Illnois

Age: Ha! Ageless.

Total countries visited: I don’t count countries, I like to focus on the experiences. I’ve filled two passports so I guess it’s quite a few!

What makes you interesting: I think my perspective as an  African American writer and traveler makes me interesting. My heritage and profession informs most of what I do. I  regularly experience so many enlightening things, from interviewing musical icons to wearing an abaya to enter a Dubai mosque. This makes my outlook on life broad and hopeful.

What brands do you love: I’m not into brands but I appreciate artisan products and try to support independent producers whenever I can.

Most magical place on earth: The most magical place that I’ve visited so far is Brazil.  The beauty of the people, land and culture is stunningly rich. There’s no place like it.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I was the most culture shocked probably in Macau. It’s such an unexpected blend of China and Portugal. On the one hand, you feel like you’re in China with masses of people and Chinese dialects, but then you walk down tiled Portuguese streets where they’re selling Portuguese tarts. It’s really quirky and threw me a little.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: I enjoy meeting locals, and learning about their lives and traditions. There’s nothing like seeing a place from the perspective of someone who calls it home.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: The most useful thing I’ve brought on a trip was probably a Portuguese dictionary in Portugal. It really helped me speak with locals and they were impressed that I was trying.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: If I were given a free trip tomorrow I would go to Senegal. I love the food, music and fashion. I have been dying to go to see it in person.

Best travel advice: Best travel advice that I’ve received is to not be afraid to get lost. Instead of sticking to maps and itineraries, wandering can reveal some wonderful things that you’ll never see otherwise.

Next travel destination: For 2017, my travel plans so far include Nicaragua, Grenada, Vancouver and Cuba!