editors choiceAlexandra Rosen, author of Colombia: A Rosen-Cooney Travel Story—No Passports Required: Bogota, the Coffee Zone, Cartagena, and Tayrona National Park

Alexandra Rosen earned a graduate degree in history and is a former business woman from Knoxville, Tennessee. She and her longtime travel partner, Donald Cooney, have been journeying together since 1992, favoring edgy destinations not yet on the international tourist map. In the last twenty years, she has visited eighty-nine countries.