Roberta Sotonoff

Roberta Sotonoff


- This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.

Roberta Sotonoff
Roberta Sotonoff

When my daughter was a teenager, she wrote, “My mother lives her life as a caterpillar. She gets on a plane and becomes a butterfly.”

Yes, it is true. I am a travel junkie. I write 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 and co-author of two books.

You might find me anywhere – in a plane squashed in the middle seat, in the water exploring the deep, on the ground tripping over my feet or at home in Glenview, Illinois, U.S.A., chained to my computer. I also spend a lot of time destroying my body while doing things like swinging from jungle canopies.

For over two decades, I have written about a variety of destinations and traveled to over 130 countries. My specialties include ecotourism, soft adventure and off-the-beaten-track locales. But I never turn down a chance to visit and write about a spa. I have also done book reviews and humor features. I am contemplating compiling my humor features in a book which my older daughter has titled, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Asylum.”  I prefer to call it, “Nobody Is Going My Way.”

Before this life, I worked in the family business. Lou, my pharmacist husband, ran the stores. I ran the business. We have two daughters, Jamie and Caryn, son-in-law, Joe, plus four grandchildren, Annie, JJ, Sam and Levi. It was Jamie, a journalist, who convinced me to write about my travels. She still edits much of my work.

Often, I lecture on travel, 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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here