All posts by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

A word wrangler, salt water reveler, and culture embracer, Rosalind Cummings-Yeates writes about travel and lifestyle topics. A Chicago native, she's the author of the guidebook Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside The Scene, Past and Present (History Press), and her other credits include Miami Herald, MSN, Hemispheres, Woman's Day, Salon,Chicago Sun Times, Get Lost, Go Magazine, Travel Pulse, and Rough Guide to Women Travel, to name a few. Follow her @farsightedgirl.
Hurricane Irma/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hurricane Irma/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This article was last updated on Friday, October 6. Stormy times have beset the Caribbean region, both literally and figuratively. The region is accustomed to surviving hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November but the risky peak times are August through late October, with an average of six... Read More

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Lobby at Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica
Lobby/Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

If your idea of Caribbean all-inclusives includes rowdy spring breakers and bland buffets, think again. A new wave of refined offerings and exclusive properties is transforming the all-inclusive landscape. The traditional appeal of affordable packages for hotel, food, and travel is still the focus but on a more sophisticated... Read More

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Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Central Market/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia is known for its palm-tree lined streets and mix of old and new architecture. But this sophisticated city offers so much more than pretty buildings. From sampling the fascinating culinary history to bike riding through medieval streets, there are a myriad... Read More

Dzibilchaltun/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Chichen Itza’s soaring pyramid may grab all of the glory, but there are several other standout Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan region that people often overlook. Many of these archeological wonders are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and boast amazing panoramas, but with half the crowds. On your next... Read More

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Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio, Jamaica
Blue Lagoon/Jamaica Tourist Board

Jamaica may be famous for it beaches, but the island actually boasts a diverse landscape of mountains, valleys, and forests that’s equally as striking. A great way to grab some of these vistas is by visiting Port Antonio, the capital of the idyllic parish of Portland. Graced with mountain views... Read More

Treats from Cha Gordo in Macau
Cha Gordo treats/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

China’s Special Administrative Region of Macau may be famous for its casinos but it’s the island’s cuisine — which blends Portuguese and Chinese influences — that hits the jackpot. Here are some tasty ways to sample Macau eats: 1. Try a Portuguese culinary workshop. Dig into the core of Macau culture... Read More

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Patties from Tastee restaurant in Jamaica

Jamaica lures most travelers with scenic beaches and hard-to-resist reggae rhythms, but a visit to the island’s bustling capital of Kingston reveals a foodie paradise waiting to be explored. We’re diving into an important aspect of Jamaican culture with a look at our five favorite local foods — and... Read More

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Casa Velas, an affordable all-inclusive in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta)
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Casa Velas

The beauty and festive culture of Mexico attracts all kinds of travelers, but it’s the country’s endless supply of all-inclusives that makes it the ultimate bargain getaway. You can snap up all-inclusive vacations in every region of Mexico and at all price points. From basic rooms and buffets to... Read More

terracotta pottery at Chichicastenango Market Guatemala

Guatemala is famous for the vividly colored handwoven textiles that locals expertly craft into everything from hammocks to purses. And there’s no better place to shop for these fashion finds than at Central America’s largest indigenous market in Chichicastenango, a highland community two hours north of Guatemala City. Rivaling the... Read More

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Chicago on the Cheap

Despite the city’s hard-working Midwestern roots, Chi-town’s world class restaurants, museums, and theaters don’t come cheap. But native Chicagoans know where to go to snag a deal and score free stuff. Follow these insider tips on Chicago bargains, and you’ll rarely have to get spendy in the Windy City again. ... Read More

Le Petitbonum, Martinique
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates/Le Petitbonum

As the “Isle of Flowers,” Martinique’s natural charms are front and center. With a landscape blanketed with wild orchids and a sweeping terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches, the Caribbean island is truly an embodiment of natural paradise. But, essentially an overseas department of France, sophisticated Martinique boasts enough... Read More

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tippy's - pineapple fields resort
Pineapple Fields Resort

Sinking your toes into pearly sands and sipping on a festive cocktail qualify as essential ingredients for enjoying a beach bar. But Caribbean joints require an extra component: music. After all, lounging beachside in the Caribbean isn’t quite complete without languid reggae rhythms, upbeat dancehall, or punchy cumbia notes — and... Read More

judits second hand, stockholm vintage store
Judits Second Hand

Famous for clean Scandinavian style — as well as high prices — Stockholm rarely tops bargain shopping lists. But this sophisticated city boasts a number of discount shops and design rooms that locals head to for bargains. Check out these five Swedish shopping favorites and you’ll discover that it’s... Read More

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montreal street art tour - Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

With non-stop festivals and foodie delights at every turn, Montreal attracts hordes of tourists eager to sample the culture and style of this sophisticated metropolis. But after you’ve viewed a Cirque Du Soleil performance and munched on a St. Viateur bagel, it’s time to dig into Montreal’s more unexpected... Read More