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Roberta Sotonoff

I am travel junkie and write only to support my habit. More than 80 domestic and international newspapers, magazine, on-line sites and guidebooks have published my work. I am also author of two iPhone apps, co-author of two books and contributor to two others.

Having traveled to over 130 countries, my specialties include ecotourism, soft adventure and off-the-beaten-track locales. I am a member of The Society of American Travel Writers, Midwest Travel Writers Association, The Traveler’s Century Club and the recipient of over 50 travel journalism and photo awards.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Southeast Asia, Caribbean, southern Africa and the U.S."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Ever since I was a child, I loved to travel. My daughter, also a journalist, taught me how to write."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I am in Bohol, The Philippines, when I get bitten by a red ant. I see a doctor for antibiotics and a faith healer for the spiritual restoration of my toe. The healer blows on my blistered toe, covers it with oil, and tells me to return the next day.

I need to know NOW. Quick answers are only possible by consulting with an egg for a fee of 3 ½ pesos (7 cents). The egg-ova conference culminates with the egg standing on end, signaling the cause of my problem. I did not say, “tabbi po,” which means, excuse me, spirits). That ticked the spirits off and had the snake fairy bite me.

Another egg consultation reveals the ransom for the toe curse removal: seven cigarettes, three leaves of tobacco, five chocolate bars, one-half kilo of brown sugar, a bottle of wine, a family-sized bottle of Coke and faith in the spirits. But, my faith is focused on the antibiotics. So, I receive a few more toe blows and am dismissed. My toe heals, but now I hate snake fairies."

The 7 Most Adventurous Experiences in Nepal
The 7 Most Adventurous Experiences in Nepal

Tucked between eight of the world’s highest mountains, Nepal is a mecca for extreme adventure. You can climb up, zip down, trek across and soar by some of the world’s most stunning landscapes.

A short rest before crossing the Khumbu glacier, Three Passes trek
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With the highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a diverse country that rises from dense jungle to snow-clad peaks in just over 100 miles. Its capital and largest city, Kathmandu, is a bustling metropolis with deep ties to history, culture and ancient religion. Its religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - melt together and lure Western travelers. With unparalleled terrain and adventure, Nepal never fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.