Vermont travel writer Jen Rose Smith covers adventure, remote places, and traditional cuisine from a home base in the Green Mountains. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic Adventure, American Way, Nexos, Condé Nast Traveler, Backpacker, AFAR, Rolling Stone,USA Today, and Outside Online. Jen is also the author of six travel guidebooks to Vermont and New England, including the award-winning New England Road Trips.

From tropical mountains to the desert, Jen's writing has taken her to some of the world's most spectacular places. Recent adventures include trekking the Borneo highlands, cycling around Peru's highest peak, and a long walk from the Red Sea to the summit of Mount Sinai.

CNN's 20 best places to visit in 2020

Whether you want to relax on a remote island off the coast of Africa, ride Germany's coolest trains or spot howling monkeys in South America, there is much to explore heading into a new decade in 2020. Japan will be hosting the Summer Olympics, Jamaica will be marking the late Bob Marley's 75th birthday, and Washington will be on pins and needles for much of the year preparing for the US presidential election. We don't know whether Chile's long-planned celebration around the December solar ecl
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